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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 who have met specific admission criteria, our Dietetic Internship will preselect five interns who are graduates of the OUHSC DPD (MA degree) for the January 2015 class. That means that we expect to have 10 positions available to applicants who apply through DICAS and participate in the November 2014 match administered by D&D Digital. We conduct phone interviews for selected external applicants. During the calls, we will tell applicants 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 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 spring 2014 match for start date of August 2014, the program admitted 15 interns (2 internal and 13 external).

Dietetic Internship Handbook

The OUHSC Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice experience designed to assist the applicant meet 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).
  • Begins January (spring) and June (summer) of each year.
  • 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
  • Interns are assigned to rotation sites based on availability, intern preference, and sometimes facility interviews
  • Interns must come to the Oklahoma City campus for 9 days during the program (5 orientation days, 3 didactic class days and graduation) 
  • 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, development disabilities, public schools, WIC, home health, 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 in Oklahoma City or Tulsa once each nine weeks.

 Spring 2015 schedule:

  • January 20 – 23: Orientation in Oklahoma City; additional class days on March 27, May 29 and July 31
  • Rotation 1: January 26 – March 26
  • Rotation 2: March 30 – May 28
  • Rotation 3: June 1 – July 30
  • Elective Rotation: August 3 – September 3
  • Holidays include May 25 (Memorial Day) and three personal days.  If a student works on a holiday, another day may be taken as a personal day.
  • GRADUATION DAY: September 4, 2015

 Summer 2015 schedule:

  • June 1 – 5: Orientation in Oklahoma City; three additional class days on August 7,  October 9, and December 18
  • Rotation 1: June 8  – August 6, 2015
  • Rotation 2: August 10 – October 8, 2015
  • Rotation 3: October 12 – December 17, 2015 
  • Elective Rotation: January 4 – February 4, 2016
  • Holidays include Labor Day (September 7), Thanksgiving (November 25-27), Winter Break (December 21-January 1, 2016) and three personal days. If a student works on a holiday, another day may be taken as a personal day.
  • GRADUATION DAY: February 5, 2016



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 be done during concentration rotation)

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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