Dietetic Internship

The Baptist Health System Dietetic Internship program is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice experience that allows successful participants to be eligible to take the examination for Registered Dietitians upon completion. Dietetic Interns must also attend the required didactic class portion of this internship.  Supervised practice clinical and management/leadership rotations will take place within the Baptist Health System hospitals. Supervised practice community rotations will take place in various sites in the San Antonio Community. The program accepts 8–10 interns each year.

Program Tracks

  1. Non-Degree Track: Applicants must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a master's degree in addition to all other stated application requirements. The program begins in early August and ends mid-May each year, totaling 10 months.
  2. Graduate Degree Track: Students will pursue a graduate degree through the University of Houston Online master's in nutrition (or equivalent degree) while participating in rotations. The program starts in early August and spans four semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall) ending in December of the following year, a total of 17 months.

Rotations

Interns can expect a variety of rotations throughout their internship, including:

  • Adult Clinical in a variety of acute care hospital settings
  • Clinical Staff Relief
  • Renal Dialysis
  • NICU/Pediatrics
  • School Foodservice
  • Management/ Hospital Foodservice
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • WIC
  • HEB

 

Mission Statements

The mission of the Baptist Health System is:

To provide the highest quality in healthcare delivery, education and community service through a dedicated team of healthcare professionals working together in a compassionate environment.

The mission of the Baptist Health System Dietetic Internship is: 

To provide a high-quality dietetics practice program that prepares competent, professional, entry-level dietitians dedicated to the Christian mission of providing quality nutrition services to all persons seeking care.

 

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Stephens, MA, RDN, LD, CNSC
Program Director
axstephe@baptisthealthsystem.com
Office: 210-297-8643

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"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."


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The Baptist Health System Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend