The Western Carolina University Dietetic Internship is a ten month post-baccalaureate program that prepares entry-level registered dietitians for careers in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, healthcare agencies, schools, food industries, and private practice.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Workforce Demand Study a short-fall of 18,000 credentialed dietetic practitioners is expected by 2020. Factors increasing demand include epidemiology of the population (trending toward obesity and chronic disease) health care reform and the expansion of health care services to 22-50 million people.
WCU's Dietetic Interns provide meaningful external engagement and service during the required 1200 supervised practice hours in hospitals, health departments, medical clinics, school systems and other nonprofits in western NC.
Why the WCU Dietetic Internship Program?
- WCU's Dietetic Internship is the most affordable DI program in North Carolina.
- WCU Dietetic Interns can complete the DI program in ten months.The internship program provides 18 hours of graduate credit toward the Master of Health of Sciences degree with a concentration in Nutrition.
- During the past five years the DI program graduated 57 students (accredited for 58); 98% completion rate.
- Graduates achieved an 80% pass rate over a 5 year period for first-time takers of the Registered Dietetian Exam.
- The DI program meets in WCU’s Biltmore Park location in Asheville, North Carolina.
- WCU DI program participates in Prior Assessed Learning (PAL).
WCU DI Program was granted continued accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) on March 12, 2010.