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Dietetic Internships

What is a Dietetic Internship?

Dietetic Internships (DI) are considered a step in the process of attaining the credential of registered dietitian after graduation from college. North Oaks Medical Center’s DI is sponsored by the Education Department. It offers qualified individuals a unique opportunity to attain eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians through one year of supervised practice.
To be a registered dietitian (RD or RDN), one must be credentialed/registered by CDR, the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Licensure is mandatory in Louisiana in addition to the CDR registration. Dietitians/Nutritionists are licensed by Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition. Licensure laws vary by state. Because of the title protection in Louisiana, individuals registered by CDR may not call themselves a “Registered Dietitian”, “RD”, “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist” or “RDN” without actually having the license.

About North Oaks Medical Center DI

North Oaks Medical Center’s dietetic interns can expect to spend at least 24 hours per week participating in supervised activities. This is a part-time program making part-time employment possible. Nine students are accepted into the program each year through computerized matching in April. The program runs June - June each year.

The North Oaks Medical Center DI is currently granted accreditation by: the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5500.

The next accreditation review is Fall 2016. Program outcomes data is available upon request. 


North Oaks Medical Center Mission

Mission: Improving lives. Every time. Every touch.
Vision: To be the region’s most trusted partner for exceptional quality, safety and experience.
Values: Communication, Courtesy, Compassion, Commitment

The North Oaks Dietetic Internship Mission

The mission of the program is to produce graduates committed to the profession of dietetics and to providing safe, courteous, compassionate care that improves the lives of patients. 

Program Goal 1:

Produce graduates that are prepared for entry-level positions in Food Service Management and/or Medical Nutrition Therapy that perform as members of healthcare organizations with compassion, commitment, courtesy and excellent communication.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:  
  • Objective: 100% of the dietetic interns will complete the program within 19 months of entering.
  • Objective: 100% of the dietetic interns will take the RD exam within 1 year of completing the program.
  • Objective: 80% of dietetic interns will be employed in dietetics or related field within 12 months or graduation.
  • Objective: Maintain an 80% or higher first time pass rate for the registration exam over a 5 year period.
  • Objective: 100% of employers responding to a survey will rate graduates a “3” in providing quality healthcare services.

Program Goal 2:

Produce graduates who are proficient in communication and problem-solving skills to achieve excellence in performance.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:
  • Objective: 100% of employers responding to a survey will rate graduates a “3” in demonstrating proficient problem-solving skills.
  • Objective: 100% of employers responding to a survey will rate graduates as a “3” in communication.

What is the Cost?

There is a $5000.00 tuition fee for North Oaks Medical Center dietetic internship. The interns must provide their own uniforms, lodging, transportation, food, health insurance and professional liability insurance. No financial aid is provided by NOMC.

The internship will provide supervised practice at North Oaks Medical Center, North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital and other facilities within a 150-mile radius of North Oaks Health System facilities.

How Can I Qualify?

An applicant must:
  • Meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics academic requirements. 
  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a Verification Statement. To view accredited institutions:
  • Meet the minimum GPA standards for North Oaks Medical Center’s DI.
    • Minimum total GPA: 2.8
    • Minimum DPD GPA: 3.0

How Do I Apply?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an information page on the Computer Matching Policy and Procedures: 
  • Submit an application through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). The DICAS website is accessed at
  • Submit the Dietetic Internship application fee ($40.00). 
    • Please send fee to: North Oaks Medical Center
    • P.O. Box 2668
    • Hammond, LA 70404
    • Attn: Dietetic Internship/Leslie Ballard
    • Make checks payable to North Oaks Medical Center.
  • Be chosen as a finalist by the North Oaks Medical Center DI Selection Committee after:
    • Submitting a complete application through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and application fee is received.
    • Being notified of selection as a semi-finalist. You will be contacted via email to participate in the selection interview.
    • Completing the interview. Interviews are completed in March each year.
  • Participate in computer matching through  D&D Digital Systems, (515) 292-0490.  
    • Students will be matched to the program through the Digital System.
 For more information, please call the program director, Leslie Ballard (985) 230-6548 or view the Dietetic Internship Student Handbook for a closer look at the curriculum.

 Graduation Requirements (pdf)