The Geisinger Health System Dietetic Internship is a full-time, 41-week, post-baccalaureate program which opened in 1992. The program prepares up to five interns to assume entry level positions in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
The dietetic internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext 5400. The program underwent a site visit in March 2006 and was notified regarding ACEND's continued accreditation decision in October 2006. Our accreditation is through the year 2024.
To be eligible to apply to the Geisinger Dietetic Internship, applicants need to meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of a Bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college, and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Verification statements* from an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics
- Participation in DICAS and the April D&D Digital computer matching program.
*Signed verification statements need to be dated within the past five years. For verification statements dated more than five years ago, contact program director to discuss recommended coursework for recency of education.
Note: For more information on the credentialing process for becoming a Registered Dietitan (RD), visit Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
This internship has two concentrations, medical dietetics and pediatrics. The pediatric concentration is new so only one intern will be selected just for that concentration.
Supervised practice hours are divided into the following categories: approximately 60% clinical nutrition, 30% food service, and 10% community nutrition. Rotation learning activities will be completed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, and surrounding Geisinger clinics and community organizations.
Note: Granting credit for prior learning and work experience is not offered in this internship.
Graduation and program completion requirements
To ensure the quality of practitioners entering the field, all Geisinger dietetic internship graduates are required to maintain a specified level of performance. Performance should reflect gradual mastery of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes outlined in the rotation competencies, i.e., on evaluations, more criteria marked as performing at entry-level competence.
To graduate from the internship, interns must receive a satisfactory rating in or "pass" each rotation and project and have paid all fees.
Graduation from the program entitles each intern to receive statement of verification and eligibility to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam.
If the graduate decides to practice in the state of Pennsylvania, obtaining licensure as a Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) is recommended and often required in certain positions. Licensure information can be found at: Pennsylvania Department of State Online Licensing Services.