Admission Requirements

Requirements:

  1. Completion of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements by date of admission.
  2. Baccalaureate Degree
  3. Minimum overall GPA 3.0 with minimum GPA of 3.2 for DPD Professional GPA and DPD Science GPA.
  4. Work experience in nutrition, dietetics, or food service is desirable, but not required.
  5. All DPD requirements from an ACEND accredited program must be completed within the past 4 years of applying to the Sage Dietetic Internship. An original, signed copy of the DPD Verification Statement must be provided to the Internship Director before the start of internship.  If date on the DPD Verification statement is greater than 4 years prior to the start of internship, the applicant must demonstrate recency in the field by completing a minimum of four courses equivalent to the following Sage Colleges Nutrition Science Department courses: NTR325-Community Nutrition, NTR502-Advanced Food Science, NTR504-Medical Nutrition Therapy; and NTR517-Nutrition and Human Disease.
  6. The Sage Colleges Distance Track Dietetic Internship cannot accept students from states in which we do not have authorization to serve students. Please refer to the list of State Authorizations. Please select the list of those programs that have practicum/clinical requirements. If you live outside of New York, please read the State and Federal Regulations Letter Regarding State Registration for Online Programs.

Selection Criteria

It is the policy of The Sage Colleges to comply with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Admission, financial aid, and access to programs will not be influenced or affected in an illegally discriminatory manner by an individual’s race, color, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Form 3
Experience (work & volunteer) 35
Sports & Extracurricular Activities 8
Certifications & Scholarships/Honors 9
Grades 40
Personal Statement 20
Letters of Recommendation 35
Total score possible: 150

Any applicant not selected by the Sage DI may make an appointment with the DI Director (morgam1@sage.edu) to be held between May 15 and June 15, to discuss their application and reasons for not being selected by the Sage DI.  The appointment may be held in person or conducted over the telephone.

Application Information for Fall 2016

The Sage Dietetic Internship will participate in the DI Centralized Application System (DICAS) for the spring 2016 match. The information contained in these web pages are valid for the September 2016 class. For further details about the program, please contact DI Director, Michelle Morgan, MS, RD, at 518-244-4598 or morgam1@sage.edu.

The Sage DI offers a 2-year MS/DI option for both the Onsite and the Distance tracks.  If you are interested in combining a master’s degree while completing the Dietetic Internship at Sage, please refer to the requirements for graduate admission.

The Sage DI Onsite Track capacity is a total of 16 interns.  We receive on average 50 applications per year, of those 6 are pre-select Sage students, leaving 10 spots for the DICAS match.

The process for selecting applicants is as follows:

  1. First pass: remove all incomplete applications, and those with GPA < 3.0
  2. Second pass: review all applications and remove unsatisfactory ones. For example, applications with several negative letters of recommendations.
  3. Third pass: Each of the remaining applications will be sent to three (3) reviewers who will score the applicant based on GPA, experience, letters of reference, goals statement and other factors. Some of these applicants may be contacted by the DI Director in February 2016. A Skype session may also be arranged.  Due to volume of applications, we will only be contacting applicants for additional information. If you have not been contacted, it only means we have no questions for you.
  4. Fourth pass: Reviewers’ scores for each applicant will be averaged. Applicants will then be ranked based on the reviewers’ average scores as well as information gathered on interview day.

Professional Experience Learning Waiver

Do you have extensive learning and professional competence acquired outside the academic setting?

Based on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ standards of education with corresponding criterion and guidelines, the Sage Graduate Schools has approved a program which enables interns to waive a portion, from 6 to 12 credits, of the dietetic internship. Graduate credit will not be awarded, rather students will receive a waiver for up to two of the three practicum courses; Practicum/Food and Wellness Management and Practicum/Community Nutrition.

The process offers a creative and flexible advancement opportunity for non-traditional students and those with extensive experience in food service and/or community nutrition. Applicants must complete the Practicum Course Waiver Application and submit it with the portfolio(s) and dietetic internship application.

All prospective interns who are considering a waiver for prior learning experience are required to meet with the DI director before beginning the waiver process.