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North Oaks Medical Center has made the difficult decision to close the Dietetic Internship Program effective December 20, 2025.

We feel privileged to have spent the past 45 years providing exceptional education to future Registered Dietitians in our community. The program closure will have no effect on the current enrolled students or the incoming class and we will continue to provide the same standard of education until our final cohort graduates in December of 2025.

The NOMC DI is following the ACEND teach-out plan and will maintain all required student records. Alumni of the dietetic internship program may reach out to interim director, Haley Lanter, to obtain a copy of their verification statement after program closure.


Thank you for your interest in the North Oaks Medical Center Dietetic Internship (NOMC DI) program located in Hammond, Louisiana. The supervised practice program is designed to prepare entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who are committed to the profession of dietetics and provide safe, courteous, compassionate care that improves the lives of patients.

Interns can expect to spend at least 24 hours per week participating in supervised practice activities. Our program is unique in that it is a part-time program making part-time employment possible.

The North Oaks Medical Center Dietetic Internship offers two paths to completion:

  1. Dietetic Internship + Graduate Degree: 17-month program completing supervised practice with the NOMC dietetic internship + completion of a graduate degree of your choice.
    1. The NOMC Dietetic Internship provides 1112 hours of supervised practice experiences. Dietetic interns will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists after completion of all planned supervised practice experiences and obtaining a graduate degree or your choice.
  2. 12-month internship-only program provides 1112 hours or supervised practice for those who have previously earned a graduate degree.

Both tracks offer part-time supervised practice experiences. Interns are required to attend rotations 3 days per week, ~24 hours.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a verification statement and will be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.

The NOMC DI accepts nine interns each year through the approved ACEND application process and Spring match date.

The North Oaks Medical Center Dietetic Internship 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.
For more information about the dietetic internship, please contact:

Leslie Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Dietetic Internship Director
(985) 230-6548