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Maricopa County's Dietetic Internship offers a public health focused supervised practice program with two tracks: (i) a full time track and (ii) a AZ WIC track for qualified Women, Infants and Children (WIC) employees working in an Arizona local agency.
Interns in both tracks will work with dietitians from a wide variety of disciplines and be exposed to an extensive range of nutrition and public health services.
Interns interact with individuals and groups from multi-ethnic backgrounds representing all ages and levels of education. Clinical, food/nutrition management, community and specialty experiences challenge interns to integrate knowledge gained from dedicated study. Although the ability to speak Spanish is not a requirement, Spanish-speaking interns are highly valued by preceptors at our rotation sites due to the great diversity of Maricopa County residents.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The applicants to the full time track will apply through the DICAS online system, and participate in D&D Digital computer matching. WIC track applicants will not use DICAS nor D&D Digital.
2024 Master's Degree Requirements
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.
Internship Track Details
|Number of Interns Accepted||7||6|
|Program Location||Primarily Maricopa County. Some rotations may require travel and lodging in another county.||Determined based on participant's geographic location. Some travel may be required.|
|Tuition (not including books)||$4,500.00||$0.00 (WIC applicants receive full pay and benefits as an intern.)|
|Hours of Supervised Practice||1000 (80 hours of pre-approved prior assessed learning.)||1000 (120 hours of pre-approved prior assessed learning.)|
|Estimated Time Frame||September-May||September-June|
|Program Completion Result||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of dietetic internship completion|
|Application Deadline||February 15||Rolling Application Dates|
Please use this checklist to ensure you have completed all the required steps of the application process. The checklist is for your own use and does not need to be submitted through DICAS.
Maricopa County’s Dietetic Internship program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND® can be contacted by:
- Email: ACEND@eatright.org
- Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
- Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
What is the Pass Rate of Graduates who take the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians within 12 Months of their First Attempt?
For the three-year period of 2018-2020, the pass rate for graduate who take the exam within one year of their first try is 97%.
What are the Graduation Requirements?
Graduates of the Maricopa County Dietetic Internship will complete all program requirements. They will demonstrate achievement of the 41 core competencies and 2 public health competencies set forth by ACEND.
Upon program completion, graduates will be competent to function as entry-level nutrition and dietetic professionals and will receive a verification statement.