Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital - Dietetic Internship Program
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Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital




OPEN HOUSE! Hines VA Hospital Dietetic Internship Program will be hosting an Open House on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 2:00pm! Come join us to learn about the internship and tour the facility. Click  for more details.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care to veteran patients in the Chicagoland area. We are the largest VA in the state of Illinois, where more than a million veterans live. Specialized clinical programs at Hines VA include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery just to name a few.

Hines currently operates 483 inpatient hospital beds and six community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Kankakee, Oak Lawn, Aurora, LaSalle, Hoffman Estates, and Joliet. Hines represents virtually the entire spectrum of VA healthcare and clinical programs.

The internship curriculum at Hines VA Hospital has provided interns with academic excellence in a clinical setting for over 75 years. The first class of dietetic interns to graduate from Hines VA Hospital was in 1944. In addition to the core competencies required in the curriculum of all practice programs, Hines offers a Medical Nutrition Therapy concentration. Our program prepares entry-level dietitians through an integrated approach that reinforces and builds upon the required Dietetics academic preparation. Ten interns will be admitted to the program on a yearly basis. The Hines Dietetic Internship is a 42 week program, with each intern progressing through various Clinical, Food Service Systems Management, and Community Nutrition unit rotations. Unit rotations build upon one another and are designed to develop an appreciation for the interrelationship between the various areas of practice in nutrition and dietetics.

Program Director's Message

The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted continued Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190                                                                                                                                                     
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995                                                                                                                                                                 
800/877-1600, ext. 5400                                                                                                                                                                       
Fax: 312/899-4817