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Course descriptions - Dietetic Internship

The Messiah University Dietetic Internship consists of four post-baccalaureate, graduate-level courses.

NUTR 503 Professional Development in Nutrition and Dietetics I (1 credit)
This course provides an introduction to professional development activities required for the registered dietitian credential.  Topics include servant leadership, assessment of professional knowledge and skill, and introduction to interprofessional education.  Participation at professional meetings may be required.  20 hours of supervised practice; 17 weeks.

NUTR 505 Professional Development in Nutrition and Dietetics II (1 credit) 
This course provides continued experience with professional development activities required for the registered dietitian credential.  Course topics include preparing for the national registered dietitian exam, job applications, leadership, and interprofessional education. Professional meeting attendance is required. 25 hours of supervised practice; 17 weeks.

NUTR 511 Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition (8 credits)  
This course provides preceptor supervised practical experiences in medical Nutrition therapy in inpatient settings.  Students will learn to assess Nutritional status, prioritize patient needs, design appropriate Nutrition interventions, and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Nutrition therapy.  Additional activities and assignments related to supervised practice experiences are assigned.  620 hours of full time supervised practice required; 17 weeks.

NUTR 525 Supervised Practice in Food Service and Community Nutrition (9 credits)  
This course includes supervised practical experiences in three areas: food service, outpatient nutrition education, and community programs for food insecure individuals.  Additional activities and assignments related to supervised practice experiences are assigned.  610 hours of full time supervised practice required; 17 weeks.