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Application & Admission

The Dietetic Internship Program at NHC is participating in the centralized application process. There are three steps to the application process:

Step One: DICAS online application
Step Two: NHC Supplemental Application Form
Step Three: D & D Digital Computer Matching


Step One: Centralized Application: DICAS

♦ DICAS Application can be accessed at Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (available after 12/1/17)

♦ Email DICASinfo@DICAS.org. The online application MUST be completed by February 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time. Confirm this deadline on the DICAS website.

♦ The fee to DICAS is $45.00 for the first application and $20.00 for each additional application.

♦ On the DICAS application, applicants will be asked to complete a personal statement in 1,000 words or less. NHC appreciates personal statements that are less than 500 words. Information to be addressed includes:

1. Why do you want to become a dietitian?
2. What are some experiences that have helped you prepare for your career?
3. Short and long-term goals
4. Strengths and areas needing improvement
5. Why you are applying to the NHC program?

♦ Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:

DICAS-Transcript Dept.
PO Box 9118
Watertown, MA 02472

♦ GRE score is required to be considered for the NHC Dietetic Internship Program. Please send documentation of the GRE score with NHC's Supplemental Application and/or upload a copy of it to DICAS. You will not be able to have the GRE people send it directly to NHC because we are not a university. There is no minimum required score, but a combined quantitative and verbal score of 300 or higher is preferable in the evaluation process.

♦ The recommended minimum GPA is 3.0 (overall) and 3.2 (DPD). Applicants with GPAs below this are not likely to score highly in the selection process. The average GPA over the past three years has been 3.6 to 3.8.

♦ When completing the application form, you must list three references and include the names and contact information (email address) for each. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form. The form will be completed online. Students completing more than one application need to use the same individuals as references for each application. At least one recommendation from your advisor or a professor in your major field and a work recommendation are preferred.

♦ Work experience, especially in a nutrition or food service related field, is recommended. Leadership roles, length of employment, number of hours worked and volunteer experience will also be considered.

Over the past five years, we have received approximately 50 applications per year. Once these applications are reviewed, approximately 22 are selected for a personal or a phone interview at the NHC Corporate Office. Hotel accommodations for one night will be provided to applicants selected for an interview if they must travel more than 200 miles one way.

Step Two: Supplemental Application Form for NHC

♦ Download the NHC Supplemental Application Form (PDF file)

♦ Recency of education: Additional courses in a nutrition or dietetics related area are required to update a degree which was completed five or more years prior to application to the NHC Dietetic Internship program. Courses must be taken at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university and require a grade of B or better. An official transcript of these courses must be provided. If your degree was completed 5 -10 years ago, six semester hours is required. If your degree was completed within the past 0-5 years, no updated courses are required.

♦ The NHC Dietetic Internship typically does not give credit for prior work experience. However, rotations may be modified based on a student's prior work experience if approved by the director at least two months before the internship begins. If a student has completed HSC 6530, Effective Program Management at Middle TN State University (MTSU), with a B or better, prior to the internship, the student will have satisfied that requirement. The student would have to participate in the grant project in the spring with the rest of their class.

♦ In addition to the DICAS application, please mail (postmarked deadline of February 15, 2018) the completed NHC Supplemental Application Form, the non-refundable application fee of $30.00 (check made payable to NHC Dietetic Internship) and a copy of your GRE score (unless you have uploaded it to the DICAS site) to:

National HealthCare Corporation (NHC)
Patty T. Poe, EdD, RDN, LDN
PO Box 1398
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1398


Step Three: Computer Matching, D & D Digital

♦ Register online for computer matching and select your dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15, 2018. There is a $55.00 computer-matching fee to D & D Digital, payable when your priority choices are identified. Confirm this date on D & D Digital Systems.

D & D Digital Systems
3100 S. Riverside Drive
PO Box 887
Ames, IA 50010



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Dietetic Internship Overview and Curriculum

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