Distance Track Overview

  • Accept 12 distance dietetic interns
  • All practicum placements must be secure upon application to program
  • 10 months long
  • 1,280 hours of practicum experience (includes rotation hours and other experiences)
  • Graduate certificate with 24 credits
  • Generalist program with communications concentration
  • Invited Speakers on
    • Motivation & Stress Management
    • Epidemiology
    • Communications
    • Public Policy
    • Careers in dietetics
    • Pediatric and neonatal nutrition care
    • Applied Behavioral Analysis
    • Etc.

Distance Track Program Format

The dietetic internship incorporates three graduate courses totaling 1,280 hours of supervised experience in a variety of settings with two graduate coursework classes. Activities to achieve competencies for the concentration area, communications, are integrated into all five courses.

The five graduate courses are:

Dietetic Internship Required Courses Credit Hours
NTR 525 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy           3
NTR 530 Dietetic Internship Practicum 1 (fall)           6
NTR 531 Dietetic Internship Practicum 2 (spring)           6
NTR 555 Nutrition Research: Interpretation and Communication           3
NTR 532 Dietetic Internship Practicum 3 (summer)           6
Total credit hours required          24

Those who complete the program will receive a Verification Statement and graduate certificate.  Students have the option of applying the graduate certificate to a master’s degree in Applied Nutrition (a 2-year MS/DI) or Health Services Administration. The Internship Director is available for advisement about graduate course work.

Required Practicum Hours:

ROTATION  # Weeks FT # Hours
Acute care/clinical 11 weeks 440
Long Term Care (LTC) 2 weeks 80
Outpatient (Bariatric/weight management, renal, endocrine etc). 2 week 80
College or university, school-based, healthcare and corporate settings.    
Various community organizations.    
TOTAL 32 1280

Full Time Interns

Full time interns are expected to complete the DI within the standard 10-month timeframe. However, when extenuating circumstances arise, the intern may be granted up to 15 months to complete the program.

Part-time Interns

Part time interns are expected to complete the DI within a 20-month timeframe.  However, when extenuating circumstances arise, the intern may be granted up to 33 months to complete the program.

Part-time positions have been approved by ACEND. Part-time interns complete the DI over two academic years rather than one. Part-time schedules can vary and interns must work closely with the DI director and coordinator for scheduling and registration requirements.

All interns will be actively completing practicum and related coursework during the fall, spring and summer III semesters. Full-time interns are in practicum for 40 hours/week and part-time interns complete 24 hours/week of practicum (excluding holidays and allotted time between practicum rotations). These hours do not include lunch break.

Each semester will include a virtual orientation, advising sessions at minimum of once/semester and end of semester presentations.

In addition to practicum interns will complete NTR-525, Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (fall or spring semesters – will take concurrent to or before acute care clinical rotation) and NTR-555, Nutrition Research: Interpretation and Communication (fall, spring or summer semesters – will take concurrent with management or community rotation).  Both NTR-525 and NTR-555 are offered fully online.

A final DPD related exam will be given during the exit week of the program which a minimum 75% must be achieved. The following materials will also be completed during the last week of the DI: paperwork required by the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) to qualify for the RD exam; exit interviews and any other required business is completed. Completion packets which include Verification Statements are mailed.

State Authorization: Must be Reviewed by all Prospective Distance Applicants

The Sage Colleges Distance Track Dietetic Internship cannot accept students from states in which we do not have authorization to serve students. Please review State Authorization information here.

Distance Applicant Procedures

Practicum placements for all rotations are the sole responsibility of the intern and must be confirmed upon application to the program.

Distance Track Applicant Guide 2020-2021

The Distance Track Preceptor Application and Dietetic Internship Affiliation Agreement(s) must be submitted and fully executed for each site prior to the start of internship. These forms are sent to the interns upon acceptance to the program and available on our website. Please do not have these completed and mailed to us. Should you be accepted into the program the DI Director will advise you when these must be completed. 

Accepted Students

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

Please note: there are 3 different contracts- “Clinical”, “Non-Clinical” and “Inclusive”. Please read the definitions to identify appropriate contract, as well as if the facility is a “For Profit” or “Not-For-Profit/Government Agency”.


(for acute care clinical, outpatient and long term care rotations)


(for food service management experiences, please fill in blanks using “Food Service Management”)

(for community nutrition experiences, please fill in blanks using “Community Nutrition”)

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, MS, RD, CDN
Dietetic Internship Coordinator
Nutrition Science Department
The Sage Colleges
65 First Street
Troy, NY  12180

Distance Registration Examination Pass Rates

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 and telephone number of ACEND are: 120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-4876.

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.