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About the Dietetic Internship Program

Program Description

The Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) at NCCU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy; address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; phone number 312-899-0040, email: ACEND@eatright.org; website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend). ACEND is a specialized accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice. 

The Dietetic Internship Program is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice program. The DIP provides the 1,200 supervised practice hours required to meet the performance standard for an entry-level dietitian nutritionist, and students who complete the Dietetic Internship are eligible to take the CDR registration examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. The internship provides learning experiences in medical nutrition therapy for entry-level clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service management. These experiences lead to proficiency in delivering nutritional care to a wide range of clients. Class lectures, seminars, and supervised activities in the community, hospitals, and other health care facilities provide a variety of experiences to students.

Interns will be able to complete the Dietetic Internship Program in 45 weeks, which includes the completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit in nutrition/dietetics. These 15 credit hours are a component of the Dietetic Internship Program at NCCU. For students wishing to continue their studies at NCCU, the 15 semester hours may be used towards the Master of Science graduate degree program now offered online. The internship starts August of each year, with a week of orientation, and ends in June of the following year.

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to recruit, develop, and empower entry-level dietetic internship graduates as registered dietitian nutritionists to provide leadership in principles of medical nutrition therapy in a variety of settings through the practice and promotion of health, prevention, and treatment of diseases to diverse communities.

This Dietetic Internship Program is committed to the concept that the quality of life for individuals and families can be improved through proper nutrition. DIP blends theory and practice experiences that will lead to the development of students' professional skills. The ongoing review of the DIP has resulted in updated and restructured goals and objectives to satisfy the ACEND 2017 accreditation standards.

Internship Facilities

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, NC, which is recognized as the City of Medicine, USA. The dietetic internship facilities are located within the world-renowned Research Triangle Park and surrounding area with a high concentration of biomedical research facilities and universities.


Dietetic Internship Program
Department of Human Sciences
North Carolina Central University
PO Box 19615, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 530-6359 (DIP Director)
(919) 530-7138 (Faculty Preceptor)
(919) 530-6477 (Department of Human Sciences)
(919) 530-7983 (fax)
c/o Dr. Lisa Best

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