6.14 Program Completion Requirements
Effective Date: 7/05 Date Revised or Reviewed: 11/2016
To specify graduation requirements and process towards program completion
A. Dietetic interns will receive a Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition when the courses
(NS 650, 651, 652, 653, 670 and 671) are achieved with no grades less than C.
B. Grading is as follows:
Percentage based on
earned to total
C. A Dietetic Internship Verification will be provided when courses NS 670 and NS 671 are
successfully completed with no grade less than B with achievement of a minimum of 1200
supervised practice hours. These courses are designed so students to demonstrate
competence in the ACEND Dietetic Internship Competencies for Dietitian Education
Programs. This is a requirement to maintain competence to become an entry-level dietitian.
D. Standards for good academic standing in the program are as follows:
• Students must earn ≥ 3.00 GPA and an ≥ 80% on all rotations within NS 670 and NS
671 to receive DI verification statement and become eligible for the RD examination
offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
• No program courses (NS 650, 651, 652, 653, 670, 671) with grades less than C will
be accepted for the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition program completion.
• Students receiving an incomplete (I) grade are allowed the subsequent semester of
enrollment to complete the course work.
E. Opportunities exist to repeat unsuccessful rotation learning of competencies. Failure to
achieve a competency or pass a rotation experience over the duration of the internship will
fail to achieve the DI verification form. It is possible that grades of B or BC in NS 670 and/or
NS 671 may contribute to completion of the Graduate Capstone in Clinical Nutrition, but
without the Dietetic Internship verification form.
F. After the accredited dietetic internship program is completed (NS 670 and 671 ≥ 80%/B),
along with the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition (NS 650, NS 651, NS 652, and NS
653 with ≥ 70%/C), the Dietetic Internship program manager will sign the DI Verification
G. Once program requirements are met, the Dietetic Internship program manager will sign five
(5) copies of the Dietetic Internship Verification Statement. This form is used to verify that
all academic and supervised practice requirements are met for the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics. The student will receive four (4) copies of the Dietetic Internship Verification
Statement. The verification is necessary to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Examination for Dietitians. The Dietetic Internship program manager will notify CDR when
interns have completed all requirements for eligibility for the Registration Examination.
Upon notification from CDR, it will be the graduate’s responsibility to pay fees and make
arrangements to take the exam.
H. Successful completion of an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program and successful
testing at the Registered Dietitian exam by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
completes the requirement to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
I. If circumstances extend the internship, this may not exceed 150% of the internship
experience (a total duration of less than 59 weeks start to finish).
ACEND Accreditation Standards for Dietitian Education Programs
UW-Madison Department of Nutritional Science Syllabi NS 670 and NS 671
6.03 Assessment of Intern Learning and Performance
IV. FORMS USED
Dietetic Internship Verification Statement from the Commission on Dietetic Registration
UW HEALTH Dietetic Internship Program Manager
UW-Madison Certificate Program Director
Cassie Vanderwall, MS, RD, CD, CDE, CPT
UW HEALTH Manager, Dietetic Internship Program
Susan Rees, DNP, RN, CPHQ, CENP
VP DEV, NURSING & PT CARE SVCS