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Letter to Prospective Applicant
Dietetic Internship Overview and Curriculum
Benefits & Expenses
Application and Admission Procedures

Benefits & Expenses

A stipend of $1350 (total for program) is provided by the company. The first check will be mailed on August 31st and the final check on March 31. Monthly checks will be available on the last day of the month unless that date is a weekend, in which case, they will be issued on the following Monday. The final check will be applied toward an RD Exam workshop registration. NHC will pay the remaining registration fee.

Liability insurance is provided by the company and will cover you as of the beginning of the 2014-2015 program. Obtaining health insurance is the responsibility of the dietetic intern and is a requirement upon acceptance into the dietetic internship program.

During assigned training only, lunch will be provided on most rotations. Interns will be responsible for meals on class day and when attending meetings.

Interns are permitted a two-week vacation, which is scheduled during the Christmas Holidays. The holidays for the year will be Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Christmas Day and New Years’ Day. The vacation dates for 2014-2015 will be during late December and early January.

Some supplies for special projects are reimbursed. Supplies purchased must have a receipt and be turned in on the proper form to the internship director. This does not include routine daily supplies, e.g., paper, pencils, pens, which are the responsibility of the intern. Most textbooks are provided to the dietetic intern, but are to be returned upon program completion. Interns will be responsible for paying for uniforms and labcoats in the amount of approximately $150. All copying should be done at NHC’s corporate office, if at all possible.

Interns must have access to a vehicle at all times. All maintenance and mileage expenditures will be the responsibility of the intern. A total of 14-20 weeks of training will be in middle Tennessee facilities outside of Murfreesboro (depending on NHC rotation location). Most facilities are located in the Murfreesboro or Nashville area. A gas allowance is given for some rotations. Monthly transportation costs can range from $200.00-$500.00 depending on where you live and gasoline prices.

Interns will be responsible for all housing costs during all training except the weeks of FNCE and Memphis. Numerous apartment complexes are available in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Monthly rental for one or two bedroom apartments is approximately $400.00 to $800.00 per month, depending on location and roommate availability.

Financial Aid
Interns may apply for NHC Dietetic Internship Tuition Reimbursement Scholarships of $1,000.00 each to assist in payment of educational expenses during the dietetic internship. Tuition reimbursement scholarships are awarded to applicants demonstrating professional potential in long term care and require a work obligation of one year after graduation. Interns who choose to work for NHC will also receive a $2,000.00 recruitment bonus at graduation.

University Fees
Interns are required to pay all university fees, including out-of-state assessment, if applicable. Go to www.mtsu.edu for up to date tuition information. Fee schedules are subject to change. Tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 session were approximately:

In-State Students Out-of-State Students
3 hours – $1,350.00 3 hours – $3,300.00 (required 3-hour graduate course)
6 hours – $2,800.00  6 hours – $7,000.00 (if taking the 3 hours of optional graduate credit)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarships for 2014-15 Academic Year

The application can be downloaded from the Academy’s website from September 2013 to February 2014. Traditionally, the scholarship application must be completed and postmarked by February 15, 2014, but please check the website for deadlines.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400

Students must be a member of the Academy to be eligible. Dietetic internship applicants may also want to contact their state dietetic association to check on available scholarships awarded for completion of the dietetic internship.