• 10 months long
  • 1,280 hours of practicum experience (includes rotation hours and other experiences)
  • Graduate certificate with 24 credits
  • Graduate Courses:
    • NTR 525 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
    • NTR 555 Nutrition Research: Interpretation and Communication
  • Generalist program with 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

Clinical Hours 600 hours

Acute Care


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 hours 

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 below:

Clinical Internship Agreement

Non-Clinical Internship Agreement

Inclusive Internship Agreement (for clinical and non-clinical practicum in one facility)


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

ATTN: Dorian Longton, RD, CDN
Dietetic Internship Coordinator
Nutrition Science Department
The Sage Colleges
65 First Street
Troy, NY  12180

Registration Examination Pass Rates

Distance Program

Pass Rate Percentages

First-Time Pass Rate

One-Year Pass Rate




2014 64% 100%
2015 88% 100%
2013- 2015 (Three-year average) 80% 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 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.