Distance Track Overview

  • 10 months long
  • 1,280 hours of practicum experience (includes rotation hours and other experiences)
  • Graduate certificate with 24 credits
  • Graduate Courses:
    • Advanced MNT
    • NTR 555 Nutrition Research: Interpretation and Communication
  • Broad experience with a clinical focus
  • Communications concentration

Why is the Distance Track a great option?

  • Dynamic faculty
  • Team-oriented environment
  • Exciting rotations
  • Excellent preparation
  • Great opportunities for employment
  • Online coursework
  • Concentration in communications

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.

Distance Track Program Format

Required Supervised Practice Hours Breakdown

  ROTATION   NUMBER OF HOURS
  Clinical Hours   600 hours

Acute Care

Outpatient

Long Term Care

  440 hours (11 weeks)

80 hours (2 weeks)

80 hours (2 weeks)

  Food Service Management   400 hours (10 weeks)
  Community   280 hours (7 weeks)
  Total Hours   1280

Application Procedures

Accepted Students

After acceptance into the Sage Distance DI program and prior to the start of the internship, ALL preceptors must complete the Distance Track Preceptor Application Form and submit two signed copies of The Sage Colleges – Dietetic Internship Agreement.

The two original signed copies of the DI agreement should be mailed to:

Dorian Longton, RD, CDN
Nutrition Science Department
The Sage Colleges
65 First Street
Troy, NY  12180

Distance Track Placements

Clinical Practicum

Facility – Acute Care (440 hours/11 weeks)
The acute care clinical rotation should be at a facility that will expose you to a variety of learning opportunities and experiences with different disease states. You may consider completing rotations at large hospitals, small community hospitals or long term care facilities. You may complete your entire acute care clinical rotation at one site or utilize two sites if certain experiences are not available at the primary Clinical site, but you must spend a minimum of 4 weeks at an acute care hospital (large or small). The clinical facility or facilities must be able to provide in-patient access to all of the activities on the Rotation Planning Checklist. You will encounter primarily adult and elderly populations of diverse cultures, and will practice all interventions defined in the nutrition care process; food and/or nutrient delivery, nutrition education, and coordination of nutrition care practiced in the acute care and long term care settings.

Facility – Outpatient Clinical (80 hours/2 weeks)
The outpatient clinical rotation should be at a facility that will expose you to a variety of learning opportunities and experiences with different disease states. Places to consider when choosing an outpatient rotation are: dialysis center, diabetes center, GI clinic, eating disorder clinic, outpatient bariatric center, private practice, etc. You may complete your entire outpatient rotation at one site or utilize two sites, but you must spend a minimum of 1 week at any outpatient site.

Facility – Long Term Care (80 hours/2 weeks)
The long term care rotation may take place at any long-term residence that will expose you to a variety of learning opportunities and experiences with different disease states. This could be with an aging adult population or a pediatric population, however they must live at the facility and not just provide rehab or outpatient services. If part of your acute care clinical experience is taking place at a long term care facility, you must then add on an additional 2 weeks to fulfill the total 600 hour requirement in clinical.

Preceptor
Your preceptor for this rotation must be a registered dietitian with a minimum of 1 year of experience post-credentialing. The preceptor or another RD on staff must be available to you the entire time you are at the facility.

Food Service Management

Facility
The FSM rotation should be at a facility that will expose you to multiple aspects of food service management. Examples of facilities you may complete your FSM rotation are: hospital, long-term care facility, school nutrition services program, university/college dining service, commercial or corporate food service. The FSM facility or facilities must be able to provide access to all of the activities on the Rotation Planning Checklist. The activities should progress from basic to more complex throughout the rotation. By the end of your rotation, it is expected that you will be able to function as staff relief with minimal supervision.

Preceptor
Your preceptor for this rotation should be the food service director or manager with a minimum of 1-year experience in current position. He/she does not need to be a registered dietitian.

Community

Facility
The community rotation should be completed at a site(s) where the delivery of nutrition/health education and nutrition/health services occurs. Examples of facilities appropriate to the community rotation include local & state health bureaus, cooperative extension offices, local & state community agencies, outpatient nutrition education and counseling facilities, wellness programs, senior centers, corporate food stores with RD on staff (ex: Price Chopper), childcare organizations, WIC, organizations such as American Cancer Society, etc. The community facility or facilities must be able to provide you with opportunities to complete all of the activities on the Rotation Planning Checklist. The rotation should progress from basic to more complex activities. You may complete all of this rotation at one site or utilize two sites to ensure diversity of experiences in community dietetics and/or if certain experiences are not available at the primary community site. You must spend a minimum of 2 weeks at any community site.

Preceptor
Your preceptor for this rotation should hold a position related to the delivery of nutrition services and/or public health with a minimum of 1-year experience in current position. He/she does not need to be a registered dietitian.

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 and telephone number of ACEND are: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, 312-899-4876. The program may accept up to 16 interns per class.

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.