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.
About our Internship
The Texas Tech Nutritional Sciences Program (NS) offers a Dietetic Internship Program with an optional Master of Science 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. The Texas Tech University Internship Program has an overall first time 5 year average RD pass rate of 89%. Interns matched with our program must register for a total of 21 graduate hours and 15 of those hours will count toward a graduate degree. Students frequently take one or two additional graduate classes per semester along with dietetic internship class if working towards a Master of Science degree. The dietetic internship and graduate coursework consists of a minimum of 40 graduate credit hours (non-thesis option) and 36 graduate credit hours (thesis option).
The Dietetic Internship at Texas Tech is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400, http://www.eatright.org/ACEND. The curriculum is designed to achieve the core competencies necessary for entry level practice. Successful graduates of the program will receive a verification statement which then allows the graduate to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.
Texas Tech University is pleased to now have three internship sites: 10 intern positions in Lubbock, four intern positions in Amarillo and four intern positions in the Midland Odessa area. All of these locations provide quality internship experiences. An applicant can apply to just one specific location or to all locations. All of these sites are matched during the Spring. Please note major changes to timing of internship rotations beginning with the 2014-15 internship group. The supervised practice and required graduate classes take 14 months to complete before receiving DI verification.
- Interns will complete one semester of graduate school in Fall of 2014
- Required courses for dietetic intern in Fall semester will include NS 5330, Introduction to Nutrition Research and NS 5334, Advanced MNT. Students can select their 3rd graduate class. Our program is still an optional MS degree along with the dietetic internship.
- For students not living in Lubbock : NS graduate classes are available with Microsoft Lync so that you can link with classes and not have to be physically present.
- Internship rotations will begin in mid January and continue until the end of October, rotating Tuesday-Friday each week. Interns will have week of July 4th off and can select 2 other weeks of vacation, planned in advance of the internship. Interns successfully completing the dietetic internship and 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.
- The graduate program awards a Master of Science degree diploma through the Graduate School (refer to graduate program requirements) once all graduate school requirements have been met.
- Graduate faculty members of the NS program are instructors for the graduate courses. Registered Dietitians serve as preceptors in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, and in most areas of food service management and community nutrition.
We appreciate your interest in the Dietetic Internship and Masters Degree program at Texas Tech University. As you seek a program to achieve your professional goals, we want to provide you with essential information to help you make the right decision about your supervised practice.
Contact Dietetic Internship
Shelley Fillipp, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Director, Dietetic Internship
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock , TX 79409-1240
Students are assigned to various facilities for clinical, food service management and community practice. Included are hospitals, community health care clinics and centers. Facilities are located in the South Plains and Panhandle region including Lubbock, Amarillo, Plainview, and Pampa. These rotations enable the student to gain an understanding of the professional role and assume responsibility for applying and evaluating newly acquired competencies.
Examples of case study titles completed by interns in the past two years
1. The program will prepare interns to be competent for practice as entry-level dietitians.
Over a 5 year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%
- Over a 5 year period, 70% or more of DI graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
- 100 % of the interns will complete the Dietetic Internship within 150% of the time planned for completion
- At the completion of the internship, interns will pass an exit exam with a score of 70 or above.
- Ninety percent of employed graduates will agree that the program prepared them adequately to perform as an entry-level dietitian.
- When surveyed, 90% of responding employers will agree that DI graduates are competent dietitians.
2. The program will provide a learning environment which will foster critical thinking and problem solving skills. Outcome Measures
- Over a five year period, interns will score 80% or better on written and oral case studies
- When surveyed at least 90% agree that the internship helped them attain skills in oral and written communication, problem solving, and critical thinking.
- When surveyed at least 90% of employers will agree that DI graduates possessed adequate skills in oral and written communication, problem solving and critical thinking.
3. The program will support the need for dietetic professionals within the West Texas area.
- Fifty (50%) of the dietetic interns will be employed in the West Texas area (an approximate 150 mile radius of Lubbock) within one year of completion of the dietetic internship.
- 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.
- For the Spring 2014 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 2013 for the Spring 2014 Match. The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2014. 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 on-line. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
- 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 and/or Amarillo site(s) . Even if you are OK with either site, you will have to rank these two choices separately.
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.
- Please note: When you register for DND Digital you will need to rank your preference for Lubbock and/or Amarillo site(s) . Even if you are OK with either site, you will have to rank these two choices separately.
- 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. You will need to upload all of this as just one document.
1. A copy of your official GRE scores.
2. A scenario response to the following situation...
Tell us about a time when you had to deal with a difficult/upset customer, fellow student or co-worker. How did you handle the situation? Was it resolved?.
3. In addition, if you are applying to the Midland Odessa site, housing is very difficult to acquire due to the oil boom in that area. Please include a statement where you would plan to live if matched at this site: possibly family, friends, already live there, etc. Apartments can be secured but are very limited and cost for these is significantly higher than in Lubbock and Amarillo.
- 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 (806-742-3068), email or other digital avenues.
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.
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
- Scenario response (a copy of this can be uploaded to DICAS)
Currently the Dietetic Internship Program does not grant credit for prior learning experiences.
Dietetic Internship Application Instructions
- Follow directions for the DICAS application process
Application to Texas Tech University Graduate School
Submit by April 22, 2014 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:
- Submit the online Graduate School application. Complete scholarship application at the same time.
- Pay $50.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to TTU Graduate School
- 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)
- Submit ALL official college transcripts, GRE and application fee to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030, Administration Bldg, Room 328
Lubbock, TX 79409
(You will not have to submit your recommendation letters - the internship application packet recommendation letter will be used for those)
NS Graduate program information/contact:
Dr. Debra Reed
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retail Management
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409
Computer Matching Process
|February 15, 2014||Postmark deadline for application packets to TTU and computer matching materials to D & D Digital Systems (see further instructions)|
|April 6, 2014||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, 2014||
Appointment Day. Applicants should telephone the Program Director to confirm the acceptance or rejection of the computer match by 5pm 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
Dept of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retail Management
PO Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409
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 5311 for final fall internship practicum. This amount of classes will give the student 15 hours that will count toward MS degree. 40 hours are needed for a non-thesis master’s degree if on the internship track.
|$9516.00 (estimated)||$19,032.00 (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||$300||Per year|
|Liability Insurance||$14.50||$14.50||One-time expense|
|Criminal Background check||$40.00-70.00||$40.00-70.00||One-time expense|
|The Academy Membership||$49.00||$49.00||Annual fee|
|Lab Coat (1-2)||$30-60||$30-60||One-time expense|
|ID Badge||$10.00||$10.00||One-time expense|
|Texas Academy State Meeting||$200-250||$200-250||Estimated expense|
|Titer Immunity Testing, TB Test||Varies||Varies|
|Some sites may require drug screening||Varies||Varies|
|Transportation Costs||Varies||Varies||156 days of travel to and from facilities. Must provide your own transportation|
|DI Policy & Procedure Book||$45||$45||One-time expense|
prior to beginning dietetic internship
- 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://www.academichealthplans.com/ttu/2012-2013/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
Additional departmental scholarship funds may also be available for students. Prospective interns may apply for a scholarship for the year. A scholarship application form is due to the College of Human Sciences by February 1.
Financial assistance may also be sought through:
Texas Dietetic Association Foundation
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Dietetic Association Foundation
Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships at TTU
TTU Office of Student Financial Aid
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. Additional information is available by writing to: Student Association, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 42032, Lubbock, Texas 79409. A guide to apartments and rental units will be sent on request. The Red Tape Cutting Center, located in the University Center, maintains a broad listing of rental, sales and roommate possibilities.
Of Special Note: One bedroom apartments in the Midland/Odessa area are frequently costing $1000-1200 per month and availability is very limited.