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ASU/VA Dietetic Internship with MS Degree

The Arizona State University (ASU) / Veterans Affairs (VA) Dietetic Internship with Master of Science (MS) degree is a 16 month (three semesters and one summer) program for individuals who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree, as well as the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework requirements. The ASU/VA Dietetic Internship provides the supervised practice experience that is required to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. The combined program offers interns the opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree in Nutrition in addition to the required supervised practice component. This program has a concentration in research and is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN). The program requires completion of a 30 credit MS Degree, Applied Project, and approximately 1300 hours of supervised practice experience.

How it Works

The dietetic internship supervised practice provides a well-rounded experience through the continuum of VA health care, from acute care, long-term care, food service systems and community nutrition to specialty care nutrition services.  This dietetic internship offers experience providing excellent care to veterans using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process, evidence-based guidelines and nutrition-focused physical exams while integrating all of this within the VA’s progressive technology based programs.

This combined ASU MS degree and VA Dietetic Internship is an integrated program which starts in January and continues for 16 months, with supervised practice experiences part-time during the day and graduate courses either online or in the evening.  Four interns will be accepted each year at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System (PVAHCS) location and two interns will be accepted each year at into the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare location in Prescott, AZ. The majority of supervised practice is provided within the VA system, with other rotations at various hospitals, public health agencies, and school districts in the surrounding area.  In addition to 30 credit hours of MS coursework, interns will also complete applied projects focusing on a nutrition area of research of their choice.

Please note: interns accepted into either the Phoenix or Northern Arizona VA option are compensated through a stipend which is paid biweekly based on hours worked over the course of the 16-month internship. While the amount of the stipend is dependent on available funds and may vary from year to year, the amount is currently expected to be approximately $8.70/hr, not to exceed a total of $15,000.

Additionally, free housing will no longer be provided on-site to interns accepted into the Northern Arizona VA program in Prescott, AZ.

Each intern must successfully complete the objectives for the supervised practice experience and meet all requirements for the Master’s degree, including completion of an Applied Project. Upon satisfactory completion of both the MS degree and the Dietetic Internship, students will be provided with an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Verification Statement indicating their eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Applying

The VA  track of the ASU Dietetic Internship utilizes the online DICAS application system and D&D Digital computer matching DI application process.

  • The program is using the online centralized internship application, DICAS, e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The online application must be completed by 11:59 pm Central Time on September 25th each year. The fee to use DICAS is $45 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application.
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA, 02472.
  • When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Applicants must also register online with D&D Digital for computer matching and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm Central Time on September 25th each year. There is a $50 computer matching fee.

Applicants Must

  • Provide an AND Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent to Complete a DPD – submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Provide official transcripts showing completion of at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (bachelor's degree must be completed before beginning program in January) - submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Request 3 letters of recommendation - submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Provide a resume - submitted with the DICAS online application.
  • Provide a 1-2 page personal statement on the DICAS application addressing the following:
  1. Describe the significant professional responsibilities you have held.
  2. State your professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this ASU/VA MS/DI program.
  3. Describe your strengths that will help you succeed in the program and in reaching your professional goals.
  4. Indicate your personal research interests as specifically as possible, including any previous research experience you may have acquired.
  5. Indicate your preference of internship location:
    a. Phoenix VA location only
    b. Prescott VA location only
    c. You would like to be considered for either location
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit scores for the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general test on your DICAS application and email a copy of the official GRE score report to Amanda.Kling@asu.edu 
  • Finalists will have an in-person, Skype, or phone interview with the Selection Committee.
  • If you are matched into the ASU/VA Dietetic Internship, you must then apply for admission into the ASU MS in Nutrition graduate degree program.  We will then admit you to begin coursework during the upcoming spring semester. There is a $70 application fee for the ASU Graduate Application system.

More Information and Details

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General Information

Openings in ASU/VA MS-degree Dietetic Internship Track6
(4 in Phoenix and 2 in Prescott)
GRE score requirement (General Exam)Competitive quantitative and verbal GRE scores; (above 50th percentile is recommended, but not required); a score of 3.5 or higher on analytical writing section
Ranking of importance for acceptance

1. Cumulative and DPD GPA 
2. Dietetic-related work or volunteer experience
3. Letter of Application (personal statement)
4. Letters of Recommendation
5. GRE scores