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Department of Nutritional Sciences

Certificate in Dietetic Internship

Program Description

In accordance with published information that we give admission preference to graduates of the OUHSC Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) who have met specific admission criteria, our Dietetic Internship will preselect six interns who are graduates of the OUHSC DPD (MA degree) for the January 2016 class. That means that we expect to have eight positions available to applicants who apply through DICAS and participate in the November 2015 match administered by D&D Digital for a January start date. We conduct phone interviews for selected external applicants. During the interview, we will inform applicants the locations of rotation sites where they are likely to be placed. The program uses sites in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas as well as regional hospitals in cities such as Lawton, Ardmore, Ada, Duncan, Muskogee, McAlester and others. The OUHSC dietetic internship does not charge a fee to review applications. Shortly after match day we send out a link only to the individuals who were matched to our program. At that time they must apply to the university ($75 fee), submit official transcripts and fulfill other obligations to be admitted.

In the fall 2014 match for a start date of January 2015, the program admitted 15 interns (8 internal and 7 external).  In the spring 2015 match for a start date of June 2015, the program admitted 14 interns (2 internal and 12 external).

Dietetic Internship Handbook

The OUHSC Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice experience designed to assist the candidate in meeting the necessary competencies required for registration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Characteristics of the program include the following:

  • A generalist experience with a 5-week elective (community or nutrition-focused outcome)
  • Two internship classes per year: begins January (spring class) and June (summer class)
  • Approximately eight months in length
  • 1,208 clock hours of scheduled supervised practice
  • Sites of each rotation vary and include locations throughout the state of Oklahoma (please note: some interns may be required to move from one geographical location in Oklahoma to another at least once during the internship)
  • Interns are assigned to rotation sites based on availability, intern preference, and sometimes facility interviews
  • There are four rotation modules (food service management, clinical, community, research, and elective):

          1.  Nine week food service/management rotation

          2.  Nine week community rotation (experiences in wellness, public schools, renal disease, WIC,
               out-patient counseling, weight management, etc.)

          3.  Nine week clinical rotation 

          4.  Five week elective rotation (community or nutrition focused outcomes)

  • The first week of the Internship is spent on-site at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Interns then go to rotation sites throughout the state. Interns attend a class day once each nine weeks in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.

 Spring 2016 schedule:

  • January 19 – 22: Orientation at Oklahoma City Campus; additional class days on March 25 (OKC Campus), May 27 (Tulsa Campus) and July 29 (OKC Campus)
  • Rotation 1: January 25 – March 24
  • Rotation 2: March 28 – May 26
  • Rotation 3: May 31 – July 29
  • Elective Rotation: August 1 – September 1
  • Holidays include Memorial Day (May 30), Independence Day (July 4) and three personal days.  If a student works on a holiday, another day may be taken as a personal day.
  • GRADUATION DAY: September 2, 2016 (OKC Campus)

 Summer 2016 schedule:

  • May 31 – June 3: Orientation at Oklahoma City Campus; additional class days on August 5 (OKC Campus),  October 7 (Tulsa Campus), and December 16 (OKC Campus)
  • Rotation 1: June 6  – August 4, 2015
  • Rotation 2: August 8 – October 6, 2015
  • Rotation 3: October 10 – December 15, 2015 
  • Elective Rotation: January 9 – February 9, 2016
  • Holidays include Independence Day (July 4) Labor Day (September 5), Thanksgiving (November 23-25), Winter Break (December 19-January 6, 2017), MLK Holiday (January 16, 2017) and three personal days. If a student works on a holiday, another day may be taken as a personal day. 
  • GRADUATION DAY: February 10, 2017 (OKC Campus)



Interns may also choose to apply to the Graduate College to earn credit toward a Master of Science degree. Contact the program director for more information.

Course Name

Course Number

Credit Hours

Dietetic Internship (curriculum including evidence-based clinical case report)

NS 5426


Biostatistics (fall or spring)

BSE 5163


Energy Nutrients (spring)

NS 5823


Non-Energy Nutrients (fall)

NS 5833


Research Methods (fall)

NS 5233


Nutrition Seminar (fall and spring)

NS 5970


Master’s Project (may begin during elective rotation of internship)

NS 5880


Elective courses (onsite or online)





Student may also elect the thesis option for which the master’s project is deleted. It is replaced by four to six hours of thesis plus elective courses to total 34 credit hours.

Please contact the program director if you have questions.

Brian-dela-Cruz@ouhsc.edu or (405) 271-8001 X 41181

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