Upcoming DI Information Sessions

All prospective interns are strongly encouraged to either attend an Information Session or arrange a phone/virtual meeting with the DI Director.

  • DI Pre-select Information Meeting (RSC students only): September 4, (2:30 pm to 4:00 pm)
  • SGS DI Information Session: October 9, (1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)

Information sessions to be held via ZOOM.

Our Program

The Graduate Certificate Dietetic Internship program at The School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges prepares entry-level dietitian nutritionists who are committed to lifelong learning and leadership within the profession.

Students are exposed to the diversity of dietetic practice through multiple planned experiences. Drawing upon a variety of resources and professionals, students will work with registered dietitians and other healthcare professionals in a variety of settings.

The program requires that students collectively complete three practicum classes and two graduate coursework classes, totaling 24 credits. Students may choose to apply this graduate coursework to the following graduate degree programs at The Sage Colleges: Applied Nutrition or Health Services Administration .

The combination of practicum experiences and academic enrichment will position the graduate for a variety of career choices as well as provide the beginning of their graduate education.

The program is available through three tracks:

Calendar for 2020-2021

  • Pre-orientation (virtual): June or July 2020
  • Mandatory Orientation in Troy, NY: August 19-21
  • Practicum & fall semester begins: August 27
  • Practicum I: August 27- November 12 (Labor Day off)
  • Practicum II: December 7- March 1
  • *Off week of December 21 and January 1
  • Spring semester begins: January 19 (tentative)
  • Practicum III: March 22 – June 7
  • Exit week:June 14 -18

Competitive Advantages

The Sage Graduate Schools Dietetic Internship:

  • specializes in preparing future dietitians in clinical, food service management, and community nutrition
  • offers a group of top-rated faculty active in all areas of the field
  • collaborates with specialized dietitians and other area professionals to bring their wide range of expertise to the program
  • provides each intern with individual attention and support
  • offers five graduate courses that may be applied to a master’s degree in either Applied Nutrition or Health Services Administration

This program is only for students who have successfully completed at least a baccalaureate degree and minimum academic requirements established by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics – a didactic program in dietetics (DPD). Successful graduates of the program are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.

Dietetic Internship Affiliate Institutions and Placements

A variety of facilities in and around the Capital District, as well as Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley have agreements with the SGS DI to host dietetic interns. The DI Director and Coordinator arranges placement for and schedules interns at facilities based on their prior type and level of work experience, preferences and geographic location. Please note that distance interns are required to set up their own practicum placements.

Applicants who apply for placement in the Hudson Valley or Plattsburgh are primarily placed at facilities in those locations with the expectation that they are/will be living in the geographic area while completing the DI and commute to the Troy campus for orientation, presentations, special activities and some supervised practice rotations.

Selected Onsite Placement Locations (New York State): 

  • Capital District (Albany, Schenectady & Troy)
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Plattsburgh
  • Hudson Valley (Hudson, Ghent, Kingston & Poughkeepsie)
  • Other locations as negotiated with the DI Director

Our Mission 

The mission of the DI program is to prepare entry-level RDNs who are committed to lifelong learning and leadership within the profession.

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1 –  Prepare graduates to be competent in a variety of entry-level positions in the field of dietetics.

Objective 1.1. At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 15 months (full-time) and 33 months (part-time) 150% of the program length

Objective 1.2. Of graduates who seek employment, 85% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.3. 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

Objectives 1.4. 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%.

Objective 1.5.  90% of responses from graduates on Alumni Survey will indicate that they were “adequately prepared” or better for entry-level practice.

Objective 1.6.  80% of responses from employers on Employer Survey will indicate that graduates were “adequately prepared” or better for entry-level practice.

Goal #2  –  Prepare graduates who demonstrate lifelong learning as a personal and professional obligation for dietetics practice.

Objective 2.1.  75% of responses from graduates on Alumni Survey will indicate that they will complete the CDR Professional Development Portfolio within 6 months of passing the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.

Objective 2.1.  75% of responses from graduates on Alumni Survey will indicate that they will complete the CDR Professional Development Portfolio within 6 months of passing the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.

 

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Registration Examination Pass Rates 

Onsite Program One Year Pass Rate %
2011 100%
2012 100%
2013 100%
2014 100%
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 100%
2018 96.7%
2019 100%
Distance Program One Year Pass Rate %
2013 100%
2014 100%
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 100%
2018 92.31%
2019 100%

Gainful Employment

The Dietetic Internship Certificate Program is subject to Gainful Employment Regulations.

Accreditation Status

The Dietetic Internship at Sage Graduate School is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). The address, telephone number and website of ACEND are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext. 5400 and https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Application Requirements

Applications to the Dietetic Internship program are conducted through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS).