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The Kent State University Master of Science/ Dietetic Internship program is dedicated to preparing interns with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent dietetic practitioners in the 21st century. The combined Master of Science/ Dietetic Internship Program, offered by the School of Family and Consumer Studies, is completed in 21 months. Interns are expected to complete both the Master of Science in Nutrition and the Dietetic Internship requirements.

Program Description

The Kent State University Master of Science/ Dietetic Internship Program is designed to provide interns with experience in:

  • medical nutrition therapy
  • clinical nutrition management
  • community dietetics
  • business
  • food service management

Program Concentration: Leadership

Beginning Fall 2009 the Kent State University Combined Masters/Dietetic Internship Program will provide the addition of a Leadership Concentration, which has been approved by the The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietetic Interns will be guided throughout their practice experiences to develop formal leadership knowledge and skills that they can bring with them as they begin their dietetics career and beyond. This concentration will add to the preparation of Registered Dietitians to position themselves as the nutrition expert and leader in any future work environment.

Throughout the program, interns are provided with the resources and experiences needed to develop the skills necessary to become competent dietitians. Emphasis is placed on intellectual, technological, and professional development while fostering ethical and humanitarian values.

A wide variety of experiences are offered at

  • medical centers
  • community sites
  • food service operations
  • businesses

Clinical rotations are designed to provide hands-on experience in medical nutrition therapy, allowing interns to utilize knowledge of nutrition science, biological science and pathophysiology of disease gained in the classroom.

Community experiences provide active participation in nutrition intervention in the outpatient setting, while enhancing the skills needed to practice in culturally and socially diverse environments. Business rotations enable interns to translate knowledge of management theories into practice.  The dietetic interns actively participate in the supervision of food service delivery at a variety of settings in the food service management rotations .Clinical nutrition management rotations foster the development and utilization of management practices in clinical settings. Throughout the program, in both classes and professional practice experiences, emphasis is placed on identifying and utilizing nutrition resources and research for professional development.

The program is completed in 21 months. Interns are expected to complete both the Master of Science in Nutrition and the Dietetic Internship requirements. Upon completion of the 21-month program and all degree requirements, graduates will receive the verification statement documenting completion of the internship requirements and will be eligible to write the registration exam to become Registered Dietitians. In addition, program graduates will have completed the requirements for the Master of Science degree and will receive the Master of Science in Nutrition from the University.

Program Mission

The Kent State University's Master of Science/ Dietetic Internship Program is dedicated to providing advanced professional education, broadening intellectual perspectives, and promoting ethical professional practice based on humanitarian values.

At Kent State University, a major focus is to foster a learning environment where students and interns are taught to respond to social, cultural, intellectual, and technological challenges. In addition, emphasis is placed on the development of skills for continuing professional development and enhanced ability to respond to the versatile demands of the dietetics profession.

The program at Kent State University is designed to train dietetic interns to become entry-level Registered Dietitians with the added strength of a Master of Science education. Throughout the 21-month program, interns will be provided with a professional and academic environment in which to develop the skills needed to become competent in the areas of nutrition therapy, community dietetics, management, and business.

Goals and Learning Outcomes

The goal of the Kent State University Program is to provide dietetic interns with the resources and experiences needed to develop the knowledge, skills, and principles needed to become competent Registered Dietitians, with the abilities to practice in a variety of settings. After completion of the program, interns will demonstrate a broad knowledge of:

  • nutrition and biological sciences
  • pathophysiology of disease
  • management theories and practices
  • food and nutrition research principles

and will be able to apply this knowledge, skill, and principles to sound nutrition practice.

Dietetic Internship Program Goals

The program goals of the Kent State University Dietetic Internship Program are:
  • To graduate competent entry-level dietitians
  • To produce graduates committed to life-long learning

Accordingly, the Learning Outcomes of the Kent State University Program are to train the intern to:

  • Integrate professionalism skills and high ethical standards in the practice of dietetics
  • Develop effective education and communication skills in the practice of dietetics
  • Manage an improvement-oriented and outcome-based organization
  • Manage market resources and product lines
  • Manage food service operations
  • Provide appropriate Medical Nutrition Therapy to individuals throughout the life span
  • Provide nutrition programs for population and community groups

Accreditation

The Kent State University Dietetic Internship is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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