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Dietetic Internship Program
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Dietetic Internship is a 41-week full-time program with a medical nutrition therapy emphasis. Experiences meet competencies and provide training for entry-level dietetic practice, and have been designed for the educational and supervised experience required to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration Exam for Dietitians. The full-time program accepts a maximum of eight interns annually.
Johns Hopkins Bayview is a full service, 426-bed community teaching hospital and continuing care facility located on a 1,000-acre campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Specialty centers of the medical campus include a wound care center, neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit, a continuing care facility, a Joint Commission Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery and oncology, alcohol and drug treatment center, and cardiac rehabilitation program.
JHBMC is part of the Johns Hopkins Health System. Rotations will also take place at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and will periodically be scheduled at other Johns Hopkins affiliates in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region.
The JHBMC Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400. Learn more about the requirements and process to become a registered dietitian. Requirements for dietetics practice licensure vary by state. State licensure is entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Dietetic Internship’s mission is:
- To provide dietetic registration opportunities for qualified graduates of didactic programs in dietetics in preparation to become skilled entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
- To provide the highest quality training in the field of nutrition and dietetics through a strong, interdisciplinary training team.
- To enable students to develop skills in dietetic leadership.
- To promote the development of dietetic professionals who are able to embrace proven theory, evaluate current research, and communicate effectively to other health professionals, peers and the lay population.
Graduates will provide nutrition therapy in clinical settings following rigorous, multidisciplinary training in clinical nutrition.
- At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 15.3 months/ (150% of the program length).*
- Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.*
- At least 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.*
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.*
- At least 80% of graduates’ employer responses will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if the graduate was prepared for an entry-level dietetics position.*
- At least 80% of program graduates will achieve a first-time passing score on the RD exam.
- At least 50% of program graduates will practice in clinical dietetics within 12 months of program completion.
- At least 80% of graduate survey responses will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if they felt they were prepared for an entry-level dietetics position.
Graduates will communicate effectively with other health professionals, peers and/or the lay population as registered dietitian nutritionists.
- At least 75% of graduates’ employer responses will indicate “yes” on the graduate survey when asked if they felt the graduate communicates effectively with other health professionals, peers and/or the lay population.
* Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required objectives
Program Completion Rate and Pass Rate on the RD Exam
The JHBMC Dietetic Internship program has maintained a 99-percent completion rate since its inception in 2001. Over the past 5 years, 100 percent of graduates have taken and passed the RD exam; 100 percent of graduates achieved first-time passing score on the RD exam.
Outcome data is available upon request.
In order to begin the dietetic internship, all interns are required to undergo a criminal background check, drug screening, have a TB test or provide a current lung x-ray, provide proof of immunizations, receive a flu vaccine and have a physical exam at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Occupational Health Department. A flu vaccine will be required in the fall of the internship. These are provided free. Clearance will be determined by the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Human Resources and Occupational Health Departments.
In addition, health insurance, car insurance (if using a car during the internship) and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) student membership are required.
Tuition for the internship is $7,500, payable in two installments during the year. A $4,000 deposit of the program fee shall be paid by June 1, preceding the start of the internship. The remaining $3,500 shall be due no later than July 15. All fees are non-refundable and subject to change.
The JHBMC Dietetic Internship Program does not participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Additional expenses are estimated as follows:
|Parking and travel||$800-1,000|
|Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership||$58|
|Lab coats and safety shoes||$100|
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