Selecting the Cedar Crest dietetic internship certificate program as part of your preparation for the Registered Dietitian exam is a smart move. Established in 2010, Cedar Crest College’s highly competitive dietetic internship program provides a comprehensive background and essential experiences both in the classroom and in the community. Our program:
- Enrolls 25 students annually, including 10 onsite and 15 through Cedar Crest’s distance learning platform
- Offers a community concentration and all compulsory supervised and didactic experiences as outlined in the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.)
- Meets the mandatory 1,200 hours of supervised practice at various locations
- 170 hours didactic coursework including the 10 day onsite orientation
Note: Students in the onsite track will be scheduled for practice rotations at local health care, food service, and community facilities within the Lehigh Valley and surrounding localities. Students in the distance track program may complete their supervised practice in their home communities and all didactic course work via Cedar Crest Colleges distance learning platform.
Ten students who have earned their bachelor’s degree at Cedar Crest College and who meet all other criteria are assured placement within our internship program, though in every case only students with excellent credentials are accepted into the program.
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with Verification of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or the Intent to Complete form from an accredited DPD
- Verification of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or the Intent to Complete form from an accredited DPD (Note: If you received your degree in nutrition from Cedar Crest, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you have fulfilled this requirement.)
- GPA of 3.0 or above for both DPD and overall
- Two semesters of medical nutrition therapy coursework completed no more than four years prior to application
- A biochemistry course completed no more than five years prior to application
It is highly recommended that you review all instructions carefully several months prior to applying to either internship track. The applicant checklist must be sent with the application fee to Cedar Crest College (only the DICAS application goes to DICAS).
NOTE: All materials submitted as part of the application process will be considered the property of Cedar Crest College, and will not be returned.
- Distance Track Application Process
- Distance Track Application Checklist
- How to Select Facilities and Preceptors for Each Rotation
- Rotation Planning Checklist
- Scheduling Rotations
- Facility/Preceptor Application
- Prospective Intern Rotation Schedule
- Sample Distance Track Rotation Calendar
Cedar Crest College cannot support supervised practice rotations in Massachusetts. Please contact the Internship Director with additional questions.
Housing and Financial Aid
On-campus housing is available for students of the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship, and in many cases, financial aid is available.
The Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest College, in accordance with the mission of the College, is dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. Cedar Crest College prepares students for life in a global community by educating the whole student. Cedar Crest College supports the education and development of dietetic practitioners through a dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and community preceptors working within program goals and outcomes.
The Dietetic Internship goals for Cedar Crest College reflect program direction for the faculty, staff, and receptors. The Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest College will:
Prepare interns to be fully competent in foundation dietetics knowledge and skills while fostering empowerment to encourage graduates success in their educational and professional life.
Outcome Measures: a. Over a 5-year period, 80% of the DI graduates will successfully complete the registration examination on the first try.
b. Over a five year period, 70% of the graduates who seek employment will be employed in dietetics related positions within six months of completing the program.
c. Program graduates, during their first year of employment, will be ranked above average by at least 80% of their employers as they compare in terms of professional knowledge and skill to other entry level dietitians.
d. Over a five year period, 90% of employed graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves prepared for their first job by completing the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship.
Recruit a diverse cohort of motivated and qualified interns dedicated to completion of the internship process.
a. Ninety percent of the students admitted to the Cedar Crest College DI will complete the program within eighteen months of beginning the program.
b. Recruitment materials for the DI will be sent to universities and colleges throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and will strive to enroll a diverse ethnic and geographic population.
c. Faculty and preceptors will participate in an orientation workshop addressing: diversity, program expectations, team building and individual skill development and utilization of college based academic services for assistance with academic aspects of the internship including math, writing and research assistance as needed.
Prepare students who can think critically in the theoretical, practical and evidence based areas of nutrition and community programming.
a. Students will become members of the American Dietetic Association and use the ADA Evidence Based Library, Position Papers and ADA Journal as part of the internship curriculum.
b. Interns will participate in community programs that recognize public nutrition policy and use validated principles of community and nutrition assessment for group and individual members.
Instill a strong community spirit in each faculty member, preceptor, intern and graduate making community service a meaningful component of their professional experience.
a. All faculty members will participate in one or more service activities through one or more of the following: not for profit organizations within the community at large, the American Dietetic Association, the Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association, the Cedar Crest College Student Dietetic Association or through Cedar Crest college and its commitment to community service organizations.
b. During the internship year, CCC will avail students of community opportunities. One hundred percent of the interns will participate in these activities.
c. Over a five year period, 80% of internship graduates will indicate on an alumni survey that they participate in one or more community service activities.
Foster a learning environment that encourages continuing education within the profession’s guidelines and looks forward toward advanced degrees.
a. The faculty and preceptors will provide access to professional continuing education opportunities as part of the curriculum to advance knowledge and encourage both formal and self education post graduation.
b. During the first year after passing the Registration Examination, 100% of all successful examinees will be able to identify their continuing education needs and reflect those in their five year CADE portfolio.
These goals reflect the mission of the Dietetic Internship which mirrors the mission of Cedar Crest College to educate the whole student, preparing them for success in professional and personal life. The Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship graduates should be prepared to provide community service to the citizens of Pennsylvania and the larger global community by providing evidence based nutrition services. Pennsylvania attracts many different ethnic groups who provide unique nutritional challenges. Our interns will be ready to meet those professional challenges because of the variety and depth of experiences offered within the internship rotations.
Tuition: $15,000 for onsite, $16,000 for distance
Application Fee (non-refundable): $60
Acceptance Deposit (non-refundable): $500*
Technology Fee: $200
Liability Insurance: $35 (Securing insurance is the responsibility of the intern)
Health Insurance: Varies (Securing insurance is the responsibility of the intern)
ADA Student Membership: $50 (Required)
Local Dietetic Association Membership: Varies
Background Check: Varies
Physical Exam: Varies
Books & Supplies: Detailed list will be sent upon acceptance into the program
Lab Coat (2): ~$100
Transportation: Private vehicle is required
*$500 Acceptance Deposit must be received in order to guarantee your placement within our program. It is non-refundable and will be applied to your overall tuition expenses.
Housing & Board for Onsite Interns
On-Campus Housing is optional and available to female interns
Double Room: $2580 per semester
Single Room: $2950 per semester
On-Campus Board is optional
19 meals/week plan: $2415 per semester
190 meal block: $2255 per semester
150 meal block: $2009.50 per semester
Off-Campus Housing: Varies
Information for Preceptors