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Benefits and Expenses

A stipend of $1,350.00 (total for program) is provided by the company. The first check will be mailed on September 30 and the final check on April 30. 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 the RD Exam workshop registration. NHC will pay the remaining registration fee.

Interns are required to obtain their own health insurance and professional liability insurance is provided by NHC throughout the program. Interns provide proof prior to beginning the internship. Interns are responsible for all medical expenses incurred during the internship. In addition to health and professional liability insurance, interns are required to have automobile insurance and assume own liability while traveling to and from internship practice experiences.

During assigned training only, lunch will be provided on most rotations. Interns will be responsible for meals on class day and when attending meetings such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition (FNCE).

Attendance is required to the national meeting which will take place October 20-23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Registration and hotel are paid by NHC. Interns are responsible for paying for their own travel (gas or airfare) and meals while at FNCE.

Interns have at least a one-week vacation during late December and early January. The exact dates will be given upon acceptance into the program. The holidays for the year will be Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2 days), Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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 and pens, which are the responsibility of the intern. Most textbooks are provided for the dietetic intern but are to be returned upon program completion. Interns will be responsible for paying for uniforms and lab coats in the amount of approximately $100.00. NHC will provide the interns with an NHC embroidered polo shirt which can be worn on most rotations if desired. All copying should be done at NHC's corporate office if at all possible. Interns are required to provide their own laptop to be used for projects and on class days.

Interns must have access to a vehicle at all times. All maintenance and mileage expenditures will be the responsibility of the intern. Facilities are located in the Murfreesboro, Nashville and surrounding middle TN area with the exception of the Memphis pediatric rotation. 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 $1,000.00 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 the payment of education 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. Tuition reimbursement scholarships and recruitment bonus are available to graduates accepting employment with NHC up to one year after graduation.

University Fees
Interns are required to enroll in one (3 credit) course which is HSC 6530, Effective Program Management. The course is taken at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) which is the local university in Murfreesboro, TN. The course is a hybrid course and meets approximately five times per semester on Monday afternoons. In addition, interns may enroll for six additional credit hours towards a graduate degree. If an intern enrolls in the optional six credit hours, they would have to pay the additional tuition, but no additional classwork is required beyond the normal dietetic internship program hours. MTSU has a Master's of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with a nutrition specialization. If you are interested in the optional graduate credit (and possibly finishing your graduate degree at MTSU), please contact the NHC program director to discuss. Interns must pay all university fees, including out-of-state assessments, if applicable. Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 sessions were approximately:

In-State Students Out-of-State Students
3 hours – $1,600.00 3 hours – $3,999.00 (required 3-hour graduate course)
9 hours - $4,800.00 9 hours - $12,000.00 (if taking the 6 hours of optional graduate credit)

Application for Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarships for 2018-19 Academic Year
The application can be downloaded from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics from September 2017 to February 2018. Traditionally, the scholarship application must be completed and postmarked by February 15, 2018, 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 members 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.

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