The Gulf Coast Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice program that qualifies graduates to take the examination to become Registered Dietitians. Dietetic Interns enroll in a full-time program requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week for 31 weeks. The program goals reflect the major points of our philosophy: quality instruction with broad-based training concurrent with ongoing supervision, feedback, and evaluation.

The Gulf Coast internship program has applied for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and has been granted a "Candidacy for Accreditation"
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza Ste 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1-800-877-1600 ext 5400

The program is comprised of a one week orientation, 11 weeks of clinical nutrition, 8 weeks of foodservice management, 7 weeks of community nutrition, and 4 weeks elective rotations in entrepreneurship.  Each rotation contains a series of competencies, objectives, activities, and assignments that must be completed in order to receive credit for the hours completed. Formal evaluations will be received by each intern at the end of each rotation, and will indicate whether or not the intern has successfully completed the competencies and objectives for that particular rotation. All interns will complete at least 1240 supervised practice hours during the 31 week period. Interns are required to submit journals at the end of each week that tracks progression.

Intern progress will be evaluated by the program director/coordinator(s) following each rotation and there will be a formal evaluation between the intern and director/coordinators at midterm and again at the end of the program. At the successful completion of all program requirements, interns are eligible for a verification statement and will be eligible to sit for the Registration examination for dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Interns should contact the state affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) for information regarding licensure in their respective states.

Following the successful passage of the registration exam, students will be able to practice as Registered Dietitians/Nutritionist.