James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center - Dietetic Internship Program
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James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center

The JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship Program Combined with Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition New York University is a 12-month dietetic internship program which includes rotations in clinical dietetics, food service systems, clinical management, community nutrition, and culinary nutrition. Interns complete approximately 1500 hours of supervised practice experiences and 15 graduate credits over 12 months. Upon successful completion of the 12 month dietetic internship interns receive their ACEND Verification Statement. Graduates then have the opportunity to complete the remaining graduate credits for an MS in Clinical Nutrition at NYU in as little as an additional semester - our fast-track program makes it possible to complete the MS, RD/RDN in as little as 16 months! The academic component includes required and elective courses combined to provide opportunities for interns to work toward an advanced degree concurrently with practical applications in the clinical setting.


Mission Statement

The mission of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center Dietetic Internship is to prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian/nutritionists to meet the needs of America's Veterans as well as the general population. Graduates of the program will be committed to evidenced-based practice, providing high quality nutritional care to their patients and/or clients.


Program Philosophy

The program is designed to produce a competent graduate with a well-integrated practical and theoretical education to meet the expanding role of today's dietetic practitioner.

The Medical Center, its affiliates and the university are now and have always been committed to the education and training of professionals in dietetics and allied health fields. The dietetic internship was reestablished in 1982 with a prior 29-year history as an internship. NYU has offered a Master’s Degree in nutrition since 1945.

This program provides a pool of qualified, entry-level practitioners to the metropolitan New York area and the VA system. Graduates are well prepared to meet the expanding role of the dietitian in clinical, management and community nutrition. The program provides career placement assistance for all graduates.


Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes*

Dietetic Internship Program Goals

Goal # 1 The program will prepare graduates to be professional, competent entry level registered dietitian nutritionists

Objective 1.: At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 77 weeks of the 51-week program
Objective 2.: 100% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
Objective 3.: The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
Objective 4.: 85% of program graduates who respond to the graduate survey will indicate that the dietetic internship adequately prepared them for professional practice
Objective 5.: The mean rating for competence skill that the graduate demonstrated upon initial hire will be a (2) or Entry-Level, or higher
Objective 6.: 75% of program graduates who respond to the graduate survey will indicate that they are members of nutrition-related or other professional associations at the time they complete the graduate survey

Goal # 2  The program will provide a pool of qualified dietitians to the VA system

Objective 1.: 20% of program graduates will accept a position at James J. Peters VA or in another VA facility
Objective 2.: 90% of graduates who respond to the graduate survey indicate that they would consider federal employment in the future
Objective 3.: Of graduates who seek seek employment, 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation



*Outcome measures are available upon request from Jean Curran-Leitch, MS, RD at jean.leitch@va.gov