Texas Tech University

Dietetic Internship

The Texas Tech University (TTU) Dietetic Internship (DI) is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics


Mission Statement

The Mission of the Texas Tech University Dietetic Internship is to provide diverse and innovative, supervised experiences that will prepare graduates to perform as entry-level dietitians and make a contribution to the profession, and society as a whole, by utilizing a scientific research based practice.


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About the Program

About the Program

The Texas Tech Nutritional Sciences Program (NS) offers a Dietetic Internship Program with an optional Master of Science (MS) degree. The Dietetic Internship is a 15 month program, consisting of 1248 hours of supervised practice. Our program has a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Dietetic interns successfully completing the dietetic internship receive their DI verification statement as well as a certificate of internship completion. This allows them to proceed with taking the RD exam while simultaneously completing graduate school and working as an RD. Completion of the Optional MS Degree will add additional time for completion.

The Dietetic Internship is planned for 39 weeks with 1248 hours of supervised practice. Interns rotate 32 hours a week, Tuesday through Friday. TTU has a fully online MS in Nutrition and Dietetics degree with a focus on practice based electives. This online degree allows both dietetic interns and practitioners flexibility in completing an MS degree.

Over the past five years, 93% of graduates of the TTU dietetic internship have successfully passed the RDN exam within one year following first attempt.

Site Information

Site Information

There are four sites in our dietetic internship.

  • Lubbock-10 interns
  • Amarillo-4 interns
  • Midland/Odessa area-4 interns
  • San Angelo-4 interns (This is a brand new site just aproved in May 2018)

An applicant can apply to just one specific location or to all locations. All of these sites are matched during the spring match using Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) and D&D Digital Online Dietetic Internship Matching Service. Of special note: on DICAS you will apply to Texas Tech University, but not to each specific site we have. Once you go to D&D Digital you can then rank your site choices. You don't have to rank all sites that are associated with our internship. You will pick and rank sites that you feel would work the best for you; that might be just one site, two sites, three, or all four sites.

Internship Specific Information

For interns matched with DICAS and DND digital in yearly Spring match:

  • Fall semester following match is dedicated to graduate classes before interns begin supervised practice rotations in the spring.  There is a new online MS available in Nutrition & Dietetics.
    • If a student is pursuing a Master's degree along with dietetic internship,  there are several class options that can be taken during the summer and fall prior to rotations.
    • The DI Director can help assist you with course planning.
  • Spring Semester 2019
    • All interns need to be in Lubbock for the face to face required Advanced MNT class (NS 5334) and orientation held from January 2nd-January 17th. Class will meet from 9:30-12:30 daily.
    • Internship orientation begins week of January 20, 2020 in intern's assigned rotation city.
    • Internship rotations will begin the week of January 27, 2020. Rotations will continue until mid-November, rotating Tuesday-Friday each week. Interns will have week of July 4th off and can select up to 2 other weeks of vacation, planned in advance of the internship.
    • Interns must enroll for NS 5313 (Dietetic internship) and can also enroll in 1-2 additional graduate classes
  • Summer Semester
    • Internship rotations continue through the summer
    • Interns must enroll for NS 5601 (Dietetic Internship) and can also enroll in 1-2 additional graduate classes
  • Fall Semester
    • Intern must enroll for NS 5601 (Dietetic Internship). Rotations should finish around late November.
    • Can also enroll for 1-2 additional graduate classes each semester. Interns successfully completing the dietetic internship and internship exit exam will receive a verification statement. Interns are then eligible to apply for full membership in The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and to take the registration examination.
  • Depending on the graduate course load taken, interns will plan and determine a plan/outline for completing an optional master's degree.

Dietetic Internship Facilities and Rotation Sites

Internship Facilities

West Texas encompasses a large geographic area and each of the three sites for our program are medical hubs, with patients coming to these facilities from as far away as 100-150 miles. Lubbock has patients from Texas and eastern New Mexico. Amarillo has patients from eastern New Mexico and Oklahoma. Midland/Odessa, with the oil boom in that area, is receiving patients from eastern New Mexico and especially from the south of those two cities. Summarized information about these sites and their main medical facilities are listed below. These sites are eager to provide supervised experiences for dietetic interns and have the patient census and high acuity care to accommodate the Medical Nutrition Therapy focus of our dietetic internship.

Rotation Site Information


Dietetic interns to get to experience many sites and preceptors. With the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) concentration for our program, approximately 19-20 weeks are allocated for various rotation sites that have an MNT focus, so approximately half of the internship is allocated to the concentration area. There are approximately 9-10 weeks of community rotations and 6-10 weeks of food management. Weeks vary slightly between sites but interns get good quality experiences at all sites

Lubbock Site Rotations


Covenant Medical Center

  • Average Census: 300-400
  • Level II Trauma Facility

University Medical Center (UMC)

  • Average Census:  300-400
  • Level I Trauma Facility
  • Regional Burn Center

Other rotations site include:  small hospitals, diabetes outpatient, cancer center, dialysis clinic, long term care, outpatient wellness, cardiac and pulmonary nutrition, bariatric nutrition, pediatrics, Agrilife Extension, United Supermarkets, Early Childhood Intervention, TTU athletic nutrition,  WIC, school food service and Veterans Administration outpatient clinic.

Amarillo Site


Baptist St. Anthony (BSA)  Hospital

  • Average Census: 300-400
  • Level IV Trauma Facility

Northwest Texas Hospital (NWTX)

  • Average Census:300-400
  • Level II Trauma Facility

Other rotations site include:  small hospitals;  cancer center; dialysis clinic; long term care; outpatient clinics offering services for diabetes, bariatric, cardiac nutrition as well as other MNT needs; pediatrics; Agrilife Extension, bariatric nutrition, Early Childhood Intervention, Headstart;  WIC; school food service and Veterans Administration Hospital and outpatient clinic.

Midland/Odessa Site


Midland Memorial Hospital

  • Average Census:  200
  • Level III Trauma Facility

Odessa Medical Center Health System

  • Average Census:  230-270
  • Level II trauma Facility

Other rotations site include:  small hospitals; dialysis clinic; long term care; outpatient clinics offering services for diabetes, bariatric, cardiac nutrition as well as other MNT needs;  WIC; pediatrics; Headstart; United Supermarkets; TTU athletic nutrition; school food service and Veterans Administration Hospital and outpatient clinic.

San Angelo Site


Shannon Medical Center

  • Licensed for 400 beds
  • Level III Trauma Facility

Community Medical Center

  • Licensed for 171 beds
  • Level III-A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Other rotations include: Veterans Administration Medical Center, long term care, Outpatient counseling and clinics, WIC, Texas Hunger Initiative, Agrilife, San Angelo Independent School System, bariatric nutrition plus access to others sites and rotations if desired.

 

Examples of case study titles completed by interns in the past two years

Contact Dietetic Internship

Shelley Fillipp, MS, RDN, LD
Director, Dietetic Internship
Texas Tech University
806-834-1317
shelley.fillipp@ttu.edu

Lori Kiker MS, RD, LD, CSO
Assistant Director, Dietetic Internship
Texas Tech University
806-834-8219
lori.kiker@ttu.edu

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock , TX 79409-1240

Program Goals

Goal 1: The program will prepare program graduates to be competent for practice as entry-level dietitians.

Outcome Measures for Goal #1

  • 85% of dietetic internship graduates over a five year period pass the CDR exam within one year following first attempt.
  • 95 % of the interns will complete the Dietetic Internship within 17 months or 150% of the time planned for completion.
  • 85% Percent of program graduates are expected to be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 100% of dietetic interns who successfully completed supervised practice requirements will pass an exit exam with a score of 70 or above before receiving DI Verification statement.
  • 100% of dietetic interns receive a grade of B or better in the required NS 5330, Introduction to Nutrition Research course.
  • When surveyed, 100% of employers will agree that DI graduates are competent for entry level work as a RDN.
  • When surveyed, 90% of employers will agree that DI graduates are capable of utilizing and analyzing research and utilizing research based practice as an employee.

Goal 2: The program will prepare program graduates to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to the practice of nutrition and dietetics.

Outcome Measures for Goal #2

  • Over a five year period, interns will score an average of 3 or better (on a 5 point scale) on written and oral case studies.
  • When surveyed, at least 90% of employers will agree that the internship helped the graduate/employee attain skills in oral and written communication, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  • When surveyed, at least 90% of employers will agree that the graduate/employee was prepared for entry-level practice.

Goal 3. The program will provide dietitians to meet the employment needs of the West Texas area.

Outcome Measures for Goal #3

  • 85% Percent of program graduates will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  • Over a 5 year period, 30% of the dietetic intern graduates that were hired within a year of completing the dietetic internship will still be employed in the West Texas area.

*Outcomes of objectives available upon request.

Application Process

Application Process:

  • For the Spring 2019 dietetic internship match, Texas Tech University Dietetic Internship will be participating in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS). The program may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org, e-mail DICASinfo@DICAS.org. DICAS will be available the first week of December 2018 for the Spring 2019 Match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2019. The fee to use DICAS is $40 for the first application submitted and $20 for each additional application. (see last item in this section for additional information needed for the TTU dietetic internship application in addition to DICAS application)
  • When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an e-mail address) for each reference. This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • There is only one application in DICAS for Texas Tech University Dietetic Internship. If you are interested in 1,2, 3, or all 4 of our internship sites, you will enter those preferences into DND Digital.
  • Applicants who apply to internships using DICAS will be asked to complete a personal statement. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • Discuss experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career,
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
    • 1000 Word limit
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:
    DICAS- Transcript Dept
    PO Box 9118
    Watertown, Ma 02472
  • Applicants must also register online for computer matching at www.dnddigital.com and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15. There is a $50.00 computer matching fee.
    • Please note: When you register for DND Digital you will need to rank your preference for Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland/Odessa and/or San Angelo site(s). Even if you are OK with all four sites, you will have to rank these three choices separately. You can rank one, two, three, or all four sites. 

      Codes for DND Digital:
      #387 Texas Tech University, Lubbock site, Lubbock, TX
      #165 Texas Tech University, Amarillo site, Lubbock, TX (Since Texas Tech University is based in Lubbock, TX, that is the city shown)
      #105 Texas Tech University, Midland/Odessa site, Lubbock, TX (Since TTU is based in Lubbock, TX, that is the city shown)
      If you should have questions please feel free to contact the internship director.
      #827 Texas Tech University, San Angelo site, Lubbock, TX (Since TTU is based in Lubbock, TX, that is the city shown)
  • Additional information needed for Texas Tech University DI Selection Committee (in addition to DICAS application). You will be able to upload all of this on to your DICAS application as a supplement for our site.

    1. A copy of your official GRE scores. Upload this document into your DICAS Application.


    2. Virtual Interview
    The virtual interview consists of three questions. It should be no longer than three minutes in length. Applicants do not have to read the question word-for-word but should paraphrase the question before answering. Answer the questions in the order provided below:

    1. Begin with a brief introduction of yourself at the beginning of the interview. Include your name and school affiliation.
    2. What are the characteristics of the TTU Dietetic Internship that led you to apply to our sites and why do you think you are a good fit for our dietetic internship?
    3. Identify an experience that you consider a defining moment in developing you into who you are today.

    You can upload your interview to YouTube and obtain a link to include with your application. You will include this link at the bottom of your personal statement in your DICAS application.


    3. Of special note: Even though the oil boom has slowed in the Midland/Odessa area, apartments will be of higher cost than in Lubbock, Amarillo, or San Angelo.

  • There is no application fee for the TTU Dietetic Internship, however, you will need to pay fees to DICAS and D&D Digital.
  • We do not conduct personal interviews, however, you are encouraged to personally visit the DI Director or visit via phone (806-834-1317), email or other digital avenues.
  • Dietetic Internship match date is April 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. Log onto DND Digital for results. 

Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information

If you match with our internship, you will need to very quickly apply to graduate school. Within the application for grad school is a place to apply for scholarships. While some scholarships are given in Feb, there are also some given in June so applying at this time will get you an opportunity for scholarships in this time frame.

  • If however you decide to go ahead and apply to graduate school before matching with our internship, go ahead and apply for scholarships at that time.  The deadline for scholarship application is sometime in December. Check the graduate school website for specific deadlines.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program, all applicants must have:

  • A verification statement indicating successful completion of all the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) academic requirements (accredited or approved by (ACEND) or Declaration of Intent to Complete DPD (obtain from your DPD Director).
  • Completed a baccalaureate degree with a preferred overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
  • Taken the GRE exam. Foreign students must submit TOFEL scores. All scores must be within 5 years of the time of application.

If a DPD verification statement is more than five years old, the student will need to meet current DPD/DI requirements.

The selection committee consisting of faculty and preceptors of the internship, will use a holistic approach when reviewing the following criteria that is available on the DICAS:

  • GPA (Grade Point Average), Overall GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score (a copy of your results can be uploaded to DICAS)
  • Work and Volunteer Experiences
  • Three References (at least two from faculty in the major area of study)
  • Personal statement
  • Virtual Interview

Currently the Dietetic Internship Program does not grant credit for prior learning experiences.

Application Instructions

Dietetic Internship Application Instructions

  • Follow directions for the DICAS application process

Application to Texas Tech University Graduate School

Application to Texas Tech University Graduate School

Submit by April 23, 2019 after you have been matched with the TTU internship. You do not need to apply to the Graduate School before the match. The recommendation letters submitted in your internship application will be used by the NS faculty for consideration and admission into the Graduate School.

Steps to follow after you have matched with the TTU dietetic internship:

  1. Submit the online Graduate School application. Complete scholarship application at the same time.  Use the specific steps and instructions that will be sent you after matching and accepting the internship.
  2. Pay $50.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to TTU Graduate School
  3. Submit GRE scores (the grad school does not have access to the DICAS system). If you didn't have scores sent to TTU when you took the GRE you will have to arrange to have scores sent(additional fee)
  4. Submit ALL official college transcripts, GRE and application fee to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030, Administration Bldg, Room 328
Lubbock, TX 79409
(806) 742-2781
http://www.gradschool.ttu.edu
gradschool@ttu.edu
(You will not have to submit your recommendation letters - the internship application packet recommendation letter will be used for those)

NS Graduate MS online degree program information/contact:
Shelley Fillipp, MS, RDN, LD
shelley.fillipp@ttu.edu
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409

Computer Matching Process

Computer Matching Process


February 15, 2019

Postmark deadline for application packets to TTU and computer matching materials to D & D Digital Systems (see further instructions)


April 7, 2019

Notification Day. Date by which all applicants will be provided their personal matching results from D & D digital Systems via posting on the D & D Internet site at: www.dnddigital.com


April 8, 2019

Appointment Day. Applicants should telephone the Program Director to confirm the acceptance or rejection of the computer match by 6pm CST. A written confirmation is required within one week of appointment day. This can be done by e-mail or mailed directly to:

Shelley Fillipp, MS, RDN, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
Texas Tech University
Department of Nutritional Sciences
PO Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409
shelley.fillipp@ttu.edu
Phone: 806-742-3068
Fax: 806-742-3042

Estimated Expenses

Estimated Expenses:

The expenses listed are approximate costs. Actual costs may be more or less than these estimates. These estimated costs are based on just the cost of completing the required components of the internship, not including additional graduate classes. Living expenses are not included.

Tuition & fees for:

NS 5334, Advanced MNT; NS 5330, Introduction to Research, enrollment in internship practicum(NS 5601) for Fall and Summer but only counts once as grad credit, and NS 5313 for final fall internship practicum. 

Resident:

$9,550.00 (estimated)

Non-resident:

$20,460.00 (estimated)

Tuition for graduate non-resident students living in counties adjacent to Texas who are legal residents of Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma enjoy reduced fees. Go to Graduate School for more information on expenses.

Texts and Supplies $300 One-time
Liability Insurance $14.50 One-time
Criminal Background check $40-70 One-time
The Academy Membership $49 Annual
Lab Coat (1-2) $30-60 One-time
ID Badge $10 One-time
Texas Academy State Meeting $200-250 Estimated
Titer Immunity Testing, TB Test Varies  
Some sites may require drug screening Varies  
Transportation Costs Varies 156 days of travel to and from facilities. Must provide your own transportation
DI Policy & Procedure Book $45 One-time

Health Requirements

Health Requirements prior to beginning dietetic internship

Health

Health requirements:

  • Proof of negative Two Step PPD (TB Test) prior to beginning internship
  • Proof of titers (blood tests) showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, pertussis and hepatitis B(copes of shot records are no longer accepted)
  • Tetanus vaccination within 10 years

Medical health insurance is necessary. A policy is available on campus if the student does not have prior coverage (see TTU website or following link: https://ttu.myahpcare.com/.

The Texas Tech University School of Medicine operates the Student Health Services for all students of the University. The clinic is located in the Student Wellness Center at 1003 Flint Avenue and provides a walk-in ambulatory service which supplies medical care of the scope expected of a family physician's office. Inpatient medical care is not provided by the Student Health Clinic. When hospitalization is required, one of several excellent hospitals in the community can be utilized.

A total of five days (40 practicum hours) will be allowed for illness or emergency leave. Missed competencies may require additional make up hours. Extended illness may require extension of rotation weeks beyond the announced program completion date.

Professional Dress

Interns are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and conform to the established dress code at all times during the rotations. Dress codes are clarified for each rotation. For the most part, business casual clothing is required along with a white staff coat at some facilities. In some rotations, enclosed shoes are required for health and safety reasons. Flat shoes are highly suggested for all rotations.

Transportation

A limited city bus system operates in the Lubbock area and Amarillo area.

Transportation to the facilities is the responsibility of the intern. Due to the size of the community and the outlying locations of some of the rotations, a reliable car is necessary to complete the rotations. Students are responsible for the automobile insurance.

Liability Insurance

Interns are required to purchase malpractice insurance before the initiation of the supervised experiences. The director will provide instructions for the purchase of this insurance through a university contract.

Academic Common Market Program

Texas Tech participates in the Academic Common Market, a reciprocal agreement for sharing uncommon curricula.
Ph.D./R.D. students from Kentucky may qualify for resident tuition.

Financial Assistance and Loan Deferment

Financial Assistance and Loan Deferment

Several avenues of financial assistance are available. Contact the Texas Tech financial aid office (806) 742-0000 for information on grants and loans. You may also visit their website at: http://www.financialaid.ttu.edu/ .

As enrolled students, TTU Dietetic Interns may qualify for financial aid and loan deferment. Interns are referred to http://www.financialaid.ttu.edu/  for further information on their specific eligibility and the application process.

Out of state students who receive scholarships, qualify to pay resident tuition fees. A limited number of graduate part-time assistantships are available to teach or assist faculty in research projects.

In addition, look for scholarships through the Graduate School for which you can apply.

Financial assistance may also be sought through:

Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
http://tandfscholarships.org

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
http://www.eatright.org/foundation/

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
http://www.adaf.org/

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships at TTU
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/funding/scholarships.php

TTU Office of Student Financial Aid
http://www.financialaid.ttu.edu/




Housing Information

Housing Information

Many options are available for housing. Information about university housing, including room rates, meal plans, and programs can be accessed at http://housing.ttu.edu/. Dormitories are closed during semester breaks.

Off campus housing is plentiful in Lubbock and Amarillo with apartments and rental houses ranging from $500 to $900, depending on size, location, and degree of furnishing. Housing in the Midland/Odessa area ranges from $700-$1200, depending on size, location, and degree of furnishing