The WVU Graduate-Dietetic Internship program is a two-year combined master’s/ internship in dietetics. Admitted students will be those who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree, as well as the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) coursework requirements. The dietetic internship provides the supervised practice experience that is required in order 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 addition to the required supervised practice component. The Masters of Science degree has the choice of a thesis or non-thesis track option. The programs supervised practice experiences will provide interns with approximately 1200 hours of accredited supervised practice experience.
The first year of the dietetic internship will consist mainly of graduate coursework at WVU. Courses for the first year typically include biochemistry, physiology, statistics, nutrition, and seminar. Second year coursework typically includes a nutrition course, research, and independent studies. Supervised practice placements for the internship begin the summer between the first and second year. Those interns completing research will do so under the guidance of graduate nutrition faculty. Graduate faculty members areas of interest include nutritional biochemistry, food science, and community nutrition.
The intern must successfully complete the objectives for each supervised practice experience and meet all requirements for the Master’s degree, including writing a thesis or problem report and passing the defense (if thesis track).