The UAA dietetic internship, with a concentration emphasis on Alaska Native culture and Alaska healthcare delivery systems, is accredited by the Accreditation  Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The internship offers the supervised practice experience required by the American Dietetic Association to sit for the registered dietitian (RD) examination. At this time UAA is accredited for five interns annually.*

Program Overview

The UAA dietetic internship is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week program that begins in the fall semester with graduation at the end of the spring semester. To apply to the internship, individuals must complete at least a bachelor's degree and course work requirements approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students will complete a total of 15 graduate credit hours through attending a weekly seminar (2.5 hours) at UAA and completing their supervised internship.

Upon successful completion of all parts of the dietetic internship, including all learning experiences and satisfactory evaluations from preceptors and the UAA dietetic internship director, students will be given a verification statement showing completion of the internship. With the verification statement, graduates can apply to take the RD exam. Upon passing the RD exam, the graduate is eligible to apply for licensure in the state where he or she will work as a registered dietitian.

UAA Dietetic Internship Concentration

Alaska Native Culture and the Alaska Healthcare Delivery System
The UAA dietetic internship offers unique experiences through its concentration in Alaska native culture and the Alaska healthcare delivery system. According to ACEND, the purpose of a concentration in a dietetic internship program is to "begin development of the entry level depth necessary for future proficiency in a particular area." A concentration is built upon a dietetic internship's mission, goals, and resources. One of the goals of this program is to retain graduates to work in the profession of dietetics in Alaska. The program's concentration was designed to help interns prepare to work in this rural, culturally diverse state.

The competencies required for the concentration area in this program are primarily achieved through a three-week rural Alaska rotation (possible locations: Nome, Bethel, Sitka or Kotzebue). Interns rotate through many facilities in Anchorage and the surrounding area in addition to the rural rotation. Please note that it is not possible for all interns to rotate through the Alaska Native Medical Center or Southcentral Foundation. Interns should be aware of the highly diverse environment in this program. There are more than 200 registered Alaska Native tribes in Alaska and at least 96 languages spoken in Anchorage alone!

Program Resources

UAA

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Program Outcomes

UAA Course Catalog

Dietetics Academic Brochure

UAA Office of Student Financial Assistance*

Dietetic Internship

Mission and Goals

Summary of Estimated Costs

Sample Program Schedule

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Foundation Scholarship Information

Alaska Dietetic Association

*Interns are eligible for financial aid (i.e. federal loans). Consult the student financial assistance office website for information on financial aid eligibility and loan deferment.

 

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

*Please Note: UAA has been granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for an undergraduate DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics). With this accreditation the UAA Dietetic Internship (DI) will be taking students directly from the DPD program and placing them into the internship. Starting in the fall of 2012 the UAA DI will not be accepting applications from outside of UAA.  If a position opens information will be placed on the website.

Many University of Alaska Anchorage certificate and occupational endorsement certificate programs are defined as Gainful Employment programs for the purposes of student financial aid. Valuable information about these programs including program cost, graduation rates, job placement rates, student loan debt, and other important information can be found by viewing the Gainful Employment Disclosure form or by visiting the UAA Gainful Employment Disclosure website.