United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Dietetic Internship Program

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Dietetic Internship Program

Stipend

The funding of VA educational programs is determined annually and therefore is subject to change. The funding (per annum salary) allowance for the Combined VA Dietetic Internship tracks is currently $14,030 before deductions. The funding allowance for the Non-Degree Internship is currently $11,307 before deductions. This is based on our interns receiving a pay of $9.48/hr and $7.64/hr for the combined and non-degree tracks respectively. Hourly payment only occurs for the supervised practice portion of the program; those in the combined tracks will not receive payment while attending the university.

Monthly Estimated Expenses:

  • Housing
    - Single:            $1,500 / month
    - 1 Bedroom:    $1,800 / month
    - 2 Bedroom:    $2,400 / month
  • Utilities:                                          $175/month
  • Meals/Food:                                   $350/month
  • Transportation (a car is required): $300/month
  • Health Insurance:                          $175/month

Annual Estimated Expenses:

UCLA Graduate School Fees (combined-MPH program only, subject to change at any time). Annual fees for the 2013-2014 year can be found here: http://ph.ucla.edu/prospective-students/tuition-and-financial-aid *

  • California Resident Registration Fees $22,488/first year
  • Non-resident $35,189/first year
    **Includes cost of health insurance from UCLA Health Services

CSULB Graduate School Fees (combined-MS program, based on one year or 1 summer session plus Fall and Spring semesters, fees subject to change at anytime).   Annual fees for the 2013-2014 year can be found here: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/registration/fees_basics.html#anchor1 *

  • California Resident Registration Fees: $9,730/first year
  • Non-resident Registration Fees: $16,426/first year

CSUN Graduate School Fees (combined-MS program, based on one year or 1 summer session plus Fall and Spring semesters, fees subject to change at any time).  Annual fees for the 2013-2014 year can be found here:  http://www-admn.csun.edu/ucs/docs/tuition-fees.pdf *

  • California Resident Registration Fees: $8,639/first year
  • Non-resident Fees $16,451/first year

Miscellaneous fees
Local District Dietetic Association Membership: $10/year
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership: $50/year
Professional Liability Insurance: $35/year

Financial Assistance 

Combined MPH track: financial aid information can be found for UCLA at http://www.ucla.edu/admissions/affordability *
Combined MS track: financial aid information can be found for CSULB at http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/financial_aid/ *
and for CSUN at http://www.csun.edu/financialaid/ *

Housing and Living in Los Angeles

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not provide housing. Interns are therefore responsible for making their own housing arrangements. The West Los Angeles campus is the primary location for supervised practice rotations. In addition, ALL interns will rotate at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (35 miles from the West LA campus); however, interns also may be assigned to rotations at the Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (15 miles from the West LA campus) and the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home (15 miles from the West LA campus) in addition to affiliated sites. Recommended areas to look for housing would include: Brentwood, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, Mar Vista, Palms, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Torrance, Venice, Westchester.

Transportation - A car is required for transportation to all rotations, affiliations and off station classes. Parking at the VA Medical Center is free. There is a fee for parking at UCLA. More detailed information about parking at UCLA can be found at http://www.transportation.ucla.edu/index.htm *
Parking information at CSULB can be obtained at http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/ppfm/parking/ * Parking information at CSUN can be obtained at http://www-admn.csun.edu/parking/ *

* Links above will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.



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