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Program Info and Schedule


Orientation begins mid-June. Interns attend 2 days of general hospital orientation followed by 2 days of program orientation with the internship director. Interns will also attend a 3 day MNT orientation before beginning their clinical rotations.

Clinical rotations make up the largest portion of the 52 week program. Rotations are designed to advance in complexity as the year progresses culminating in clinical staff relief. The clinical experience is spread over many rotation sites to allow the intern exposure to different areas of specialty in medical nutrition therapy.

Management rotations are completed primarily at NOMC with shorter experiences at offsite locations. The management experience is completed with a Theme Meal project at NOMC.

Community rotations are spread throughout the 52 week program at a variety of locations.

The program has a 3 week choice rotation block in which the intern can choose a rotation of special interest. The intern is responsible for finding a rotation site and preceptor. The program director will assist the intern in this process as well as provide options for rotation sites. This is a unique opportunity for the intern to pursue supervised practice in their area of interest.

Interns will present three oral reports on topics in each area of the program, clinical, food service management, and community.

Noted Holidays:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • 1 Week at Thanksgiving
  • 2 Weeks over Christmas and New Year’s

*The NOMC dietetic internship does not grant credit for prior learning or experience.

North Oaks Medical Center Internship Rotations

Orientations/Classroom: 180 hours

  • Hospital Orientation-NOMC 16 hours
  • Program Orientation-NOMC 20 hours
  • Intern Class/Director-NOMC 144 hours

Medical Nutrition Therapy: 776 hours

  • MNT Introductory Experience 24 hours
  • NOMC Inpatient 256 hours
  • Clinical Specialty (NOMC) 80 hours
  • Dialysis (Davita/Fresenius) 48 hours
  • Post-Acute Specialty Hospital72 hours
  • Bariatric (multiple locations) 24 hours
  • Lallie Kemp48 hours
  • Oncology (multiple locations) 96 hours
  • Baton Rouge General-Outpatient Nutrition Counseling 48 hours
  • NOMC-Outpatient Nutrition Counseling 32 hours
  • North Oaks Health Transitions Alliance 48 hours

Food Service Management: 240 hours

  • North Oaks Medical Center 192 hours
  • St Tammany Parish School Board 48 hours

Community: 184 hours

  • Diabetes Camp-Leesville, LA 48 hours
  • Sports Nutrition at SLU 40 hours
  • Intern Choice 72 hours
  • Ideal Protein 16 hours
  • Cardiac Rehab/Pulmonary Rehab 8 hours

Other Supervised Practice Activities: 27 hours minimum

  • Childcare Classes
  • Diabetes Support Group
  • Rouse’s Grocery Store Tours
  • Wound Care Class
  • Oral Reports-3 per year
  • Cooking Demo at ALACK- national nutrition month
  • New Orleans Food Service and Hospitality Expo
  • Sports Nutrition Seminar and day at Saints Training Facility
  • Health Fairs- as needed
  • Lunch and Learns at NOMC
  • Community Presentations/ Meetings

Total Hours Supervised Practice: 1,227

Total Hours of Orientation and Classroom Activities: 176