The Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship

THE PRIORITY NUTRITION CARE DISTANCE DIETETIC INTERNSHIP is an 8 month Program (40 hours per week) which allows our Interns to find practice sites and preceptors near home, avoiding the costs of relocation. Our home office is in the metropolitan Boston area.  Prior to the beginning of the Internship, our Interns travel to Boston for 3 days of intensive orientation, during which you will be introduced to classmates from your geographic region. (see CALENDAR for dates).

                                                      

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During its January 2016 board meeting, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics voted to grant full accreditation to the Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship

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What Our Graduates Say....

"At one point in orientation last August, Mrs. Manion told our internship class that the 8 months ahead of us would pass by more quickly than we could imagine.  I, of course, couldn't see how this would be true.   I am shocked to know that the internship is already behind me.  And I think that is a testament to the program.  

Even though I completed my rotations on the other side of the country, I felt cared for and represented well.  I felt confident knowing that the PNC team always had my best interest at heart and would support me if anything were to go wrong.  It is because of this welcoming and supportive atmosphere that the internship was an enjoyable, yet so brief!, endeavor.  Thank you for making this an experience I will always look back upon fondly. I took my Registration Exam on Tuesday 5/31 and I passed! It was difficult, but I was well prepared and I finished at the minimum number of questions.
I started working the next day.  I now work alongside my internship preceptor as a member of the Center for Healthy Kids and Schools team.
Thank you for all of the support you've given me. 
I fully believe I wouldn't have been as prepared for the exam (and what comes next) if I had chosen a different Dietetic Internship.  I hope everything is going well as you prepare for the next group of interns!"
Alexa Frunzi RD, Huntington Beach,California, New York University

The mission of the Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship is to deliver a quality distance supervised practice experience to prepare competent Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists who are able to convey food and nutrition related information in a manner appropriate for the target market, particularly in areas in which Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists are under utilized, including but not limited to socioeconomic, geographic, diagnosis or business related concerns, through practice in concentration areas that require experiences that are beyond entry level competence, The Business of Nutrition and the Management of Food and Nutrition Services. 

Why PRIORITY NUTRITION CARE 

DISTANCE DIETETIC INTERNSHIP ?

  • NEW*120 INTERNS PER YEAR (September & January)
  • NEW*SPRING  and FALL MATCHES
  • WORK IN SMALL COHORTS FROM YOUR AREA
  • DESIGN YOUR ROTATIONS         
  • RELOCATION NOT REQUIRED
  • INTENSIVE SUPPORT FROM PROGRAM
  • SMALL GROUP INTERACTION WITH CLASSMATES
  • REGISTRATION EXAM COACHING
  • 95% OF CLASSES OF 2014 & 2015 PASSED EXAM 
  • JOB SEARCH COACHING THROUGHOUT        

Rotations 

  • CLINICAL NUTRITION           
    8 weeks (up to 2 sites allowed/Preceptors must be RDs)
  • FOOD SERVICE 
    8 weeks (up to 2 sites / may be all inpatient or all public school or a combination ) Preceptor must be at the managerial or director level.
  • COMMUNITY      
    8 weeks (up to 2 sites). WIC is NOT required but suggested.
  • ELECTIVE (Site & Preceptor chosen by 3rd rotation.)    6 weeks (up to 2 sites allowed). YOU MAY USE THIS ROTATION TO LENGTHEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN A PREVIOUS ROTATION TYPE. For example, make your Community experience 14 weeks total.

Concentrations 

  • THE BUSINESS OF NUTRITION
  • THE MANAGEMENT OF FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES

Your concentration may be chosen as late as the third rotation. As a part of the Internship experience, you choose a Concentration Area, on which you will focus primarily during your last six weeks, while you are in your elective rotation. The projects and assignments you complete in your concentration are considered beyond entry level and will help you gain additional knowledge in your area of interest before entering the job market, gaining more experience to offer a potential employer. These projects and assignments are not directly related to the location of your elective rotation.

Rotation Sites

The sites for all of the rotations vary depending on the resources of the proposed preceptors and facilities. For example, a Clinical Nutrition experience may occur in an inpatient or outpatient setting. A community rotation may include activities you may also see in a clinical nutrition rotation (patient/client counseling). All preceptors and rotation sites are subject to the approval of the Internship Director and may be modified at the discretion of the Program. We do not provide listings of preceptors or sites. But we will help with them AFTER you are matched to our Internship.

Accreditation

PRIORITY NUTRITION CARE’s DISTANCE DIETETIC INTERNSHIP is  accredited by the

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 

of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Chicago, IL 60606-6995 

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