Onsite Track Overview

  • Accept 30 onsite dietetic interns
  • 10 months long
  • 1,280 hours of practicum experience (includes rotation hours and other experiences)
  • NEW: Clinical cohort program established in 2017: six dietetic interns per semester (18 total) will complete their acute care clinical experience at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. 
  • Graduate certificate with 24 credits
  • Generalist program with communications concentration
  • Several field trips including:
    • Local farm tours
    • A tour and luncheon at the Culinary Institute of America
    •  Albany Medical Center Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) tour
    • Lobbying at the New York State Capitol
  • Invited Speakers on
    • Motivation
    • Public Policy
    • Careers in dietetics
    • Pediatric and neonatal nutrition care
    • Applied Behavioral Analysis

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 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. A gala to celebrate graduates will be held at the end of June each year, for all interns, family and friends. Invitations are provided for interns in the spring. Cost of the event is $30 per person (including interns). Verification Statements are distributed at the reception to all interns who have completed the program requirements and are mailed to those interns who are unable to attend the gala.

Practicum Placements 

All rotations are appointed by the DI Director & Coordinator . Interns are provided a preference survey upon acceptance into the program. The DI coordinator works diligently to schedule and secure all onsite interns placements and great effort goes into matching placements with intern preferences. Interns will receive placement roughly a month prior to the start of the program.

Interns are assigned to a variety of facilities and transportation to and from each site is the responsibility of each intern. The Director & Coordinator will make every effort to arrange placements within close proximity to where the intern will be residing throughout the program, however, there are times when up to one-hour of travel may be required.

Eighteen of 30 onsite interns will be placed in a cohort setting for their acute care clinical rotation at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady NY. They will be precepted by the DI clinical coordinator, during nine of the 11-weeks spent in the acute care rotation. Interns will then complete two-weeks of entry-level practice also known as staff relief with various dietitians at the hospital. Professor Hilton will remain at the hospital to assist the interns throughout this time as well.

Interns placed at Ellis Hospital will complete four-10 hour days during the first nine weeks of their acute care clinical rotation.

Note: all onsite part-time and full-time dietetic interns will complete a 40-hour (four, ten hour shifts) acute care clinical orientation at Ellis Hospital. This will occur during week one of the acute care clinical rotation and will be held in the fall, spring and summer III semesters.


Graduate housing may be available through TSC Residence Life.

 Onsite Registration Examination Pass Rate

Onsite Program One Year Pass Rate %
2011 100%
2012 100%
2013 100%
2014 100%
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 100%
2018 Pending

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 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.