Onsite 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
  • Generalist with clinical focus
  • Communications concentration
  • Several field trips including:
    • A day and luncheon at the Culinary Institute of America
    • A tour of farms with a farm-to-table luncheon
    • 2-day conference on pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Invited Speakers on
    • Nutrition-focused assessment
    • Diabetes pumps and equipment
    • Adaptive feeding techniques

Why is the Onsite Track a Good Option?

  • Dynamic Faculty
  • Educational and fun field trips
  • Team-oriented environment
  • Exciting rotations
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent Preparation
  • Great opportunities for employment
  • Online coursework
  • Concentration in communications

Onsite 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 certificate of completion.  Students have the option of applying the DI Certificate graduate courses to a master’s degree in Applied Nutrition (a 2-year MS/DI), Community Health Education, or Health Services Administration. The Internship Director is available for advisement about graduate course work.

Required Practicum Hours: 2016-2017

ROTATION  # Weeks FT # Hours
Acute care/clinical 11 weeks 440
Long Term Care (LTC) 2 weeks 80
Diabetes, Renal or other Outpatient 2 week 80
e.g. Cafeterias at a school, college, hospital, LTC, company    
e.g. Corporate wellness, WIC, community agency, food bank, any community health program, non-profit organization, department of health, etc.    
TOTAL 32 1280

Full-Time Option

The full-time option requires 10 months to complete 1280 hours of supervised practice.  The first practicum and first lecture course start in late August; the second practicum and second lecture course start in early January; and the third practicum starts in early May and ends in late June with a final week of didactic classes and review for the RD examination.

Practicum experiences are scheduled Monday through Friday, a minimum of 40 hours per week, for 12 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and 6 weeks in the summer session.  Interns do not have practicum hours scheduled on Labor Day, the Thanksgiving holiday, Martin Luther King day and Memorial Day. Two weeks vacation is scheduled at the end of the fall semester and one week is scheduled at the end of the spring semester.  Additionally, some classes and/or practicum experiences are scheduled on weekends and evenings.

Part-Time Option

Part-time (PT) option requires 22 months to complete. Practicum experiences are scheduled to accommodate each individual part-time intern, with a minimum of 24 hours per week, for 21.3 weeks.

Overview Schedule: Full-Time Interns

Summer Prior to Internship Practicum Starting

  •  A variety of activities and assignments will be completed and submitted online.

Fall – 15 weeks total

  •  NTR525 Concurrent with NTR530 Clinical Practicum, or,
  •  NTR555 Concurrent with NTR530 Food Wellness Management Practicum
  • 1 Week: Orientation, The Sage Colleges Troy Campus
  • 12 Weeks: Planned Experiences (480 hours minimum)
  • 1 Week: Presentations & Finals

Labor Day and Thanksgiving Holiday off; Semester Break: 2 weeks

Spring – 15 weeks total

All full time interns may take:

*The second practicum course may not be started if an intern has an incomplete in the first practicum course from the fall semester.

  • NTR525 Concurrent with NTR531 Clinical Practicum, or,
  • NTR555 Concurrent with NTR531 Food Wellness Management Practicum
  • 1 Week: Orientation, The Sage Colleges Troy Campus
  • 12 Weeks: Planned Experiences (480 hours minimum)
  • 1 Week: Presentations, Finals & Attend New York State Dietetic Association Annual Meeting

Summer – 7 weeks total

All interns take:

  • NTR 532 Dietetic Internship Practicum 3
  • 2 days: Orientation
  • 6 Weeks: Community Nutrition Education Rotation (240 hours)
  • 2 days: Wrap-up Activities – RD Exam Review Session, DI Comprehensive Final Exam and Reception – 3th week of June 2017

Clinical Nutrition Rotation Topics

  1. Clinical Orientation led by SGS DI faculty (1 week)
  2. Facility Orientation (1 week)
  3. Basic Medical Nutrition Therapy: Cardiology, Gastrointestinal, Oncology and Medical/Surgical patients (3 weeks)
  4. Advanced Medical Nutrition: Gastrointestinal Disorders, Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, Respiratory (3 weeks)
  5. Entry-Level Practice (3 weeks)
  6. Outpatient Rotation (2 weeks)
  7. Long Term Care (2 weeks)

Food Wellness Management Rotation Topics

  1. Food Service Management (FSM): Facility Orientation – An Overview (1 week)
  2. Food Systems and Management (7 weeks)
    • Menu Planning
    • Supply & Food Procurement
    • Food Production & Service Systems
    • Sanitation, Safety, Sustainability
    • Information & Financial Resources
    • Clinical Nutrition Management
    • Human Resource Management
  3. FSM Entry-Level Practice (2 weeks)

Community Rotation Topics

  1. Facility Orientation (~1 week)
  2. Community Rotation (7 weeks)
    • Needs Assessment Project
    • Develop education materials
    • Deliver hands-on education/wellness activity

Program Expectations


The hours are comparable to working a full time job plus going to school part-time. Shifts generally will run between 8 AM and 5 PM, although work may begin as early as 5 AM or end as late as 8 PM. Interns are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of practicum work each week in a Monday through Friday format.  Completing 50 hour weeks at facilities is common and expected of interns.  Students are required to make up missed days and portions thereof.

Weekend shifts will occasionally be required. Special programs such as graduate classes, nutrition workshops and seminars may be scheduled on weekends or evenings, or require an overnight trip, with participation/attendance expected. Schedules and course syllabi with specific expectations are provided at the beginning of each semester.

Summer Preparation

A variety of activities are required to be completed during the summer. They include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. completion of a summer self-study program in medical terminology and abbreviations;
  2. selected reading and writing assignments;
  3. laboratory assessment self-study; and
  4. HIPAA and Safety Modules;

Interns will be tested on this information prior to beginning the practical experiences. A minimum grade of 80% is expected on the pre-test. Details for all summer assignments are provided at the June pre-orientation.

Computer Access

Interns must have access to a personal computer and the internet to complete graduate coursework and practicum assignments. Upon enrolling into the Dietetic Internship, all interns receive an e-mail account and have access to numerous computers at The Sage Colleges.

All internship courses utilize Moodle, the Sage Colleges online learning platform. This  system requires Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista and the latest Internet Explorer (IE) browser and/or Firefox. Students using Mac computers should have OS X10.3 or higher, and run Firefox and/or the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Graduation Requirements for Credentialing

Interns must successfully complete the planned rotations in Food Service Management, Clinical and Community Dietetics as well as the concentration competencies. Interns are evaluated by facility preceptors as well as the DI Director.  A practicum exam at the end of each semester and comprehensive final examination must be completed with a 80% grade or better. The internship director reserves the right to have students repeat rotations and assignments where objectives, competencies and learning outcomes have not been met. All five graduate courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher. Verification statements are issued to all students who satisfactorily complete both the experience and academic components.

The Dietetic Internship Director assists each intern in completing the Registration Eligibility Application for Dietitians, upon successful completion of the above noted requirements. The registration examination is administered year round at ACT Centers nationwide. It is expected that Sage dietetic interns will successfully pass the RD exam within six months of completing the program.

Competencies and Learning Outcomes

All interns must achieve the ACEND Competencies and Learning Outcomes for Dietetic Internship Programs during this practical experience.


In an effort to meet the growing demand for Registered Dietitians, the Sage DI has opportunities to place interns in geographic locations beyond the Capital Region of NYS. Alternate placement options in NYS may include, yet are not limited to Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Plattsburgh and Utica/Rome areas. Additional placement options in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont may also be considered. Interns need to budget additional travel expenses for the commute and accommodations during orientation held at the Sage campus in Troy.

Transportation & Housing

A car and valid driver’s license are necessary as travel to facilities. Interns should anticipate traveling to a variety of locations (up to 10 different facilities/agencies throughout the 10-month program). Permits are required for parking in The Sage Colleges parking lots, however temporary passes could be issued and street parking is available. Interns are responsible for housing and transportation while completing the program. All interns will be required to attend events held on the Troy campus and within the Capital Region.

Examination Pass Rates

Dietetic Internship Pass Rates Registered Dietitian Exam*

First Time Test Takers
Number Passing First Time
Annual Pass Rate-First Time Test Takers
5-Year Pass Rate-First Time Test Takers
National Average Pass Rate
2005 10 6 60% 78% 80%
2006 8 5 63% 72% 85%
2007 15 10 67% 69% 79%
2008 12 10 83% 70% 82%
2009 7 7 100% 73% 85%

*After Completing the DI, students may take the exam at their convenience. Numbers for each year do not necessarily reflect the year in which an intern completed the DI. For example, in 2007 interns who finished the

program in June 2005, 2006 & 2007 took the examination for the first time.

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.