Pasco County Dietetic Internship
Florida Department of Health in Pasco County
Achieving Excellence in Public Health Nutrition
The Dietetic Internship has been granted continued accreditation through 2017 by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (800) 877-1600 http://www.eatright.org
The Dietetic Internship Program is headquartered in the Community Health Promotion Division, Nutrition section of the Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco). This program offers supervised practice sites located throughout Florida. Our focus is to provide students with valuable supervised practice experiences in a variety of disciplines with an emphasis on public health and community nutrition. Exceptional preceptors and facilities have been selected to provide an outstanding Dietetic Internship experience.
The Dietetic Internship Program receives funding from the Florida Department of Health WIC and Nutrition Services Program and the DOH-Pasco. Additional information about Florida WIC and Nutrition is available at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-people-and-families/wic/index.html.
The Pasco County Health Department Dietetic Internship begins at the end of August, and completion is anticipated to be in June of the following year for full time interns. Two part-time seats are available in limited regions with varying completion dates depending on the number of hours scheduled each week.
Employees in the Florida WIC/Nutrition Program are eligible to apply during the pre-selection period beginning in November of the year prior to internship start. Non-employees are eligible to apply through computer matching by D&D Digital Systems for any remaining open positions. Selected applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.
Once accepted into the Internship, interns will be asked to sign a formal agreement, requiring a one year (employee) or two year (non-employee) Work Service obligation. Failure to complete this obligation will result in a significant monetary penalty. A link to the Application documents can be found on the home page of our website:
For employment opportunities in the Florida WIC /Nutrition program, check the People First web site: https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/logon.htm.
What are the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian and licensed in the state of Florida?
1. Completion of a bachelor?s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification approved by ACEND.
2. Completion of an ACEND accredited dietetic internship of 1200 hours of supervised practice.
3. Pass the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
4. Maintenance of the RD credential requires continuing professional education throughout your career.
5. Licensures in the state of Florida requires successful completion of 900 hours of supervised practice in dietetics or nutrition, as described in subsection 64B8-42.002(3), F.A.C., and successfully pass the equivalent of the registration examination. Note: Registered dietitians are automatically eligible to apply for licensure in Florida.
All applicants must have completed a minimum of a bachelor?s degree from a U.S. Regionally Accredited college or university and an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Applicant must also meet one of the following:
A. State of Florida Department of Health (DOH) nutrition employee, DOH OPS nutrition employee, contract WIC agency employee, or contract WIC agency OPS employee with at least one year (continuous 2080 hours) of current work experience in a Florida state or local WIC agency, or in a Florida Public Health Nutrition program.
B. State of Florida DOH or contract WIC agency nutrition volunteer with at least one year (continuous 2080 hours) of current volunteer experience in a Florida state or local WIC agency, or in a Florida Public Health Nutrition program.
C. Non-State employees may be eligible to apply if internship seats remain available after the initial state employee selection process is completed. Contact the DI program for further details.
A. Application Form is obtainable through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) practice group website located at: http://www.depdpg.org/ or use the link located on the Application Forms page of this Web site.
B. Official Verification of Completion of ACEND approved academic requirements from an accredited college or university and a baccalaureate degree. Note: If verification statement is more than 5 years old, coursework in clinical and management skills may be required.
C. Letter of Intent stating why the student applicant is interested in participating in the Internship. Limited to one (1) page 12 point font, Times New Roman, single spaced.
D. Two (2) Academy Waiver and Recommendation Forms from current or former employers and/or instructors.
E. Evidence of a GPA 3.0 or greater from an official sealed transcript (evidence of exceptional professional sciences course work may be taken into account if overall GPA is below 3.0).
F. A $50 non-refundable application processing fee. Make check payable to: Pasco County Health Department.
G. Eligibility statement is required from the sponsoring agency Nutrition Program Director/WIC Coordinator and Health Director. This requirement is applicable only for current Florida State WIC employees.
The deadline for the submission of a complete Internship application must be postmarked November 1st prior to the desired internship year. Selected candidates will participate in a required interview. Final selection for the Internship will be determined in January. The Internship will begin in the fall.
CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:
Program completion requirements include:
1. Completion of a minimum of 1,368 program hours as specified.
2. Completion of all scheduled Supervised Practice Rotations with an Evaluation rating of a minimum of 3 (meets expectations) in all competencies.
3. Successful completion of all assignments, presentations and projects.
4. Successful completion of all three Didactic Weeks with a passing score of 80% including exams and assignments.
5. Attendance at all Dietetic Internship meetings.
An Official Verification of Completion will be provided by the program director after all requirements for program completion have been verified.
Interns will be assigned to one of the four internship regional sites located in Miami-Dade, Duval, Palm Beach, or Pasco counties.
Note: Selection of regional site is not a guarantee of placement. Placement is at the discretion of the Program Director based on regional availability.
ESTIMATED COST TO INTERNS:
Initial financial considerations:
Financial considerations during the program:
Graduate Credit Option:
For interns interested in earning graduate credits, up to nine graduate credits will be available through the University of North Florida (UNF) for the three internship didactic weeks. Interns must be accepted as students of UNF and complete the non-degree seeking application to receive graduate credits. More information about this is provided upon acceptance into the internship program. Additional fees are required through UNF (Contact UNF registrar?s office for application and tuition fees).
Pasco County Health Department assures each applicant an equal opportunity without regard to age, race, color, sex, religious creed, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, marital status or disability.
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