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).

Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 | Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

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 Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists and contribute to the profession, and society as a whole through quality education utilizing evidence based practice and research for the purpose of enhancing the nutritional needs of society.

 

Application Checklist

About the Program

About the Program

During the spring 2020 COVID emergency, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Board voted to temporarily reduce supervised practice hours to 1000 hours through June 20, 2022. The TTU Dietetic Internship is planned for 25 weeks/1040 hours of supervised practice. In addition, TTU has a fully online optional MS in Nutrition and Dietetics degree with a focus on practice-based electives. This online degree allows dietetic interns flexibility in completing an MS degree if desired. Completion of a Master's degree will be required by 2024. The DI program is 18 months in length with the option to complete graduate work for three semesters before rotations begin.

The timeline presented for the dietetic internship is subject to change depending on the situation with COVID-19 and ACEND requirements.

Qualifications to apply for Dietetic Internship (DI):

Students who successfully complete an undergraduate academic program and receive a DPD Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited university are eligible to apply for an ACEND accredited DI. Matching for the internship is completed through the DICAS nationwide computer match. The DI consists of a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice to gain the competencies needed to practice as an entry-level dietitian. Upon completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to take a national examination to become a RD/RDN.

Graduation Requirements: 

Dietetic interns must successfully complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice. Graduates of the DI program must meet the competencies with an average score of 3 or above and learning outcomes as required by ACEND (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995) to receive their DI verification statement as well as a certificate of internship completion. Completion of an MS degree will be required by 2024.

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

Texas Tech University Dietetic Internship Handbook

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 approved 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:

  • Summer 2021: Matched interns can begin graduate school if desired
  • Fall 2021 and Spring 2022: Devoted to graduate courses
  • Maymester session 2022 (mid May to early June): NS 5334, Applied MNT. All interns will need to be in Lubbock for this face to face class. Class will meet daily.
  • Early June 2022: Internship Orientation
  • Mid June-late December 2022: Complete Internship Rotations, 40 hours/week

The timeline presented for the dietetic internship is subject to change depending on the situation with COVID-19 and ACEND requirements.

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 foodservice 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 foodservice 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 foodservice 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

Allison Kerin, MS, RDN, LD
Assistant Director, Dietetic Internship
Texas Tech University
806-834-1916
allison.kerin@ttu.edu 

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

Program Goals

Goal #1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who will utilize evidence-based practice.

Objectives

  • At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 17 months (150% of the program length)
  • Of program graduates who seek employment, at least 80% of the program graduates are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 90 % of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • When surveyed, at least 80% of employers will agree that program graduates are competent for entry-level work as a RDN.
  • When surveyed, at least 70% of program graduates feel prepared for entry-level practice.

Goal #2: The program will prepare graduates to work in diverse areas of dietetics through a variety of supervised practice experiences that will meet the employment needs of the diverse West Texas area.

Objectives

  • When surveyed, at least 90 % of responses from program graduates will agree that supervised practice rotations sites were adequate to prepare them for entry-level work with varying populations, diagnoses and settings.
  • At least 50% of program graduates are employed in the West Texas area within nine months of completion of the dietetic internship.

Application Process

Application Process:

  • For the Spring 2021 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 2021 for the Spring 2021 Match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2021. 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. Dietetic Internship match date is April 5, 2021, at 11 am. Log onto DND Digital for results. Appointment Day is Tuesday, April 6th, 2021. Matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship Director before 11:00 am to confirm acceptance of their appointment.

    1. A copy of your GRE score report. 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 5, 2020 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 February, 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, 2021 after you have been matched with the TTU internship. You do not need to apply to the Graduate School before the match. You will need 2 letters of recommendation for graduate school. Feel free to ask for these from those you used for your Dietetic Internship Application.

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 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:
Allison Childress, PhD, RDN, LD
allison.childress@ttu.edu 
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409

Computer Matching Process & Second Round Matching Steps

Computer Matching Process & Second Round Matching Steps


February 15, 2021

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


April 5, 2021

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, beginning 11:00 am.


April 6, 2021

Appointment Day. Applicants should telephone the Program Director to confirm the acceptance or rejection of the computer match by 11:00 am CST. A written confirmation is required within one week of appointment day. Email is acceptable.

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: 806-834-1317 
Fax: 806-742-3042

 

2021 Second Round Match Application Process and Steps

To be eligible for the second-round application process, you must have received a "No Match" through the D&D Digital computer match process for the 2020 Spring Match and you must also meet the program requirements for application. Individuals who applied to the TTU DI Program during the first round, do not need to re-apply. Openings with TTU Dietetic internship sites will be listed on the D&D Digital Website as a program with openings.

Per second round matching steps, applicants that apply through DICAS will be reviewed in the order that they are received until the class is full. DICAS will be closed once all positions are filled. All applications will be reviewed and scored by the Program Director & committee according to the selection review process as outlined in the program application materials. Applicants will be ranked by the Program Director based on the score received in the review process and appointment offers will begin. If you do not meet the criteria, please do not submit your application to the program in DICAS.

Applicant Requirements

  1. Applicants must hold or show plans to complete an ACEND-approved/accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning the program in August of 2020.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required.
  3. Given the situation with COVID-19, no GRE scores are required from applicants for summer or fall admission to TTU graduate school.
  4. Please release your completed DICAS application (via the DICAS system) to Texas Tech University and upload one supplemental item that contains:
    1. Link for a Virtual Interview. Complete a virtual interview with the following information and place a link on the top part of the supplement page:
      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.
        Note: You can upload your interview to YouTube and obtain an unlisted link to include with your supplemental forms.

You will be contacted via email or telephone if additional information is needed. If you are selected as a second-round appointment, you will be notified by phone. At the conclusion of the process, unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email that the internship class is complete.

 

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 (copies 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 that 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 three days (24 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, Amarillo and San Angelo with apartments and rental houses ranging from $700 to $1100, depending on size, location, and degree of furnishing. Housing in the Midland/Odessa area ranges from $800-$1300, depending on size, location, and degree of furnishing.