Program Timeline

The Integrated Graduate Program maintains the following tentative timeline:

  • December: Pre-select applications due from UW-Madison DPD and/or graduate students and WIC program nutritionists in Wisconsin
  • January: Pre-select applicant notification by the end of the month
  • February: Notification and applicant appointment day
  • June: Program begins
  • June-August: UW-Madison Summer Session
  • August: Orientation Week at UW Health in Madison, WI (Monday–Friday)
  • September-December: UW-Madison Fall Session
  • January-May: UW-Madison Spring Session
  • June-August: UW-Madison Summer Session II

Program Overview

Integrated Graduate Program Mission and Goals

The UW Health Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics offers qualified college graduates a supervised experiential learning curriculum that develops entry-level competencies in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food systems administration within an academic medical center providing tertiary care.

Program Mission

To provide a progressive and effective course of study that integrates supervised experiential learning and coursework in dietetics to prepare graduates for practice and develop high-performing RDNs who are lifelong learners and ready to meet the demands required of future dietitians.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Graduates will secure and demonstrate evidence-based knowledge, high-level problem solving and critical thinking skills to prepare them for the future of food and nutrition practice.

  • 80 percent of graduates completing the program will rate their academic preparation as above average (4) or excellent (5) at their exit survey.
  • 80 percent of employers who hire and respond our graduates will rate their academic preparation and professional readiness as above average or exceptional at the 1-year survey to employers following graduation.
  • “Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.” (2.3.b.2)
  • “80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.” (2.3.b.4.a)

Goal 2: Graduates will pursue their career goals successfully.

  • “Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.” (2.3.b.2)
  • “80 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.” (2.3.b.4.a)
  • “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 percent.” (2.3.b.4.b)
  • 60 percent of program graduates will be active within a professional organization starting at 6 months following graduation.

Program Costs

The Integrated Graduate program costs are outlined below. For estimates of variable program-associated expenses.

Program Costs

Program Application Fee (non-refundable)$45
UW-Madison Document Fee$65
Program Research Fee$1,000
Program Fee (tuition)$24,800
Books and supplies$300
Medical, car and rental insurance$700
Professional organization and Affiliate Membership fees AND Membership Required$100
Housing (per month)$1,000
Utilities, phone, etc. (per month)$800
Transportation (per month)$60
Total Estimated Costs:$28,870

Additional information related to program costs:

  • Students can receive a free Metro bus pass. Parking is limited on campus and requires application and payment. Some rotations are off-site and will require transportation outside of the Madison Metro service area. These distances are within a 45-minutedrive. Costs of transportation will vary by student choice.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of their own food.
  • Students are responsible for securing their own health insurance. Proof of health insurance is required prior to the start of the internship. Tuition costs for the program do not include segregated fees. Therefore, access to university health services or health care access to UW Hospitals and Clinics is not provided. Interns are responsible for locating access to affordable health care based on their current insurance plan.
  • Miscellaneous: Registration, travel, housing or eating expenses for attendance at professional meetings
  • Students are employees of the Department of Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services and may apply for special project work in the facility’s Learning Kitchen, Milk Lab and Catering for additional income.
  • Students are eligible for student loans. More information can be found regarding financial aid at financialaid.wisc.edu/types-of-aid

FAQs

Why complete supervised practice at UW Hospitals and Clinics?

  • Education at its Finest
    The UW Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is collaborated with the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, bringing quality practice and advanced knowledge to provide a platform for the best future nutrition practices.
  • Highly Trained Preceptors
    The majority of clinical preceptors are Masters or PhD prepared! UW Health provides the best in patient- and family-centered systems approach in treatment and education. Majority of learning is one on one. One student to one preceptor provides patient comfort and individualized learning.
  • Academic Health Care
    UW Health represents the academic health care entities of UW Hospitals and Clinics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Our health care professionals are at the forefront of research, developing new treatments and training the next generation, and nutrition is no exception.
  • Variety of Medical Specialties
    U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW Hospitals and Clinics the top hospital in Wisconsin and among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in seven medical specialties: nephrology, geriatrics, pulmonology, ear, nose and throat, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer and gynecology. The magazine also named UW a high-performing hospital in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology. On April 8, 2013, the UW Health Digestive Health Center opened, creating the region’s finest multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic serving patients with diseases of the digestive tract, liver and pancreas.
  • Informatics and Continued Learning
    With an integrated suite of applications, the electronic medical record helps UW Health faculty and staff provide better, safer and more consistent care and more personalized service to patients. Accessing quality, science-based information is at students’ fingertips. The UW Health Intranet offers immediate access to valuable resources including searches for scientific, peer-reviewed articles, UW-Madison libraries and related instructional sessions, UW Health Academy resources (e.g., addressing quality improvement, leadership, communication) and much more. The Clinical Nutrition Department provides access to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Adult and Pediatric Nutrition Care Manuals.
  • Enhanced learning opportunities
    The curriculum includes completion of four special projects during the course of the program. This includes an E Portfolio, a Clinical Case Study presentation, an evaluation of personal professional growth and a journal club presentation.

How can I arrange a visit to UW Hospitals and Clinics?

Visitation is limited to the areas of conference rooms and food systems in order to maintain patient privacy. View posted webinars as they are made available. If you have questions yet unanswered, please email dietintern@uwhealth.org or call (608) 890-8528.

Is there anything I can do to earn extra money during the program?

Yes, you may earn hourly wages by working in the role of a Special Project Assistant on weekends or evenings. You may also participate in making research trays or supplementing catering staff at special weekend events. You will learn about these options after you match with the program. Work hours may not overlap planned activities.

What is the dress code?

You must wear footwear that is comfortable and quiet. During the food systems experiences, wear sneakers and casual clothes that can easily be washed. All other rotations require professional attire.

Will I need a car?

Most likely. While Madison Metro public transportation can be used to get and from to most practice sites, transportation is necessary for several rotations.

Are there any additional items not previously listed that I may wish to purchase?

Lab coats may be borrowed at no cost. Some books may be required with courses for which the student enrolls.

Curriculum

Supervised Experiential Learning Opportunities

Clinical nutrition experiential learning opportunities are designed to increase in nutritional complexity. Students are not required to locate their own supervised experiential learning sites and/or preceptors; this task is completed by the program for all students.

The supervised experiential learning within the Integrated Graduate program is offered within graduate courses NS 670 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I (3 credits, and NS).

The program maintains comparable experiences for all students but there is greater emphasis in specific domains by concentration. Sample schedules are provided below:

Students within the MNT concentration complete the following rotations:

  • Orientation (1 week; 40 hours)
  • Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy (5 weeks; 32 hours per week)
    • Ambulatory Orientation (1 week)
    • Diabetes Care (2 weeks)
    • Free Choice (2 weeks). Choose from the following: Preventive Cardiology, Abdominal Transplant, Surgical Weight Management, Digestive Health, Employee Wellness, Nutrition Clinics (Eating Disorders, Weight Management)
  • Clinical Research Unit (1 week; 32 hours)
  • Community Public Health and School Nutrition (5 weeks; 32 hours per week)
    • County WIC program, Community health center, local school district, grocery stores
  • Food Systems Administration (6 weeks; 32 hours per week)
  • Clinical Nutrition-Medical Nutrition Therapy (18 weeks; 32 hours per week)
    • Clinical Skills (1 week)
    • MNT Chronic (3 weeks)
    • MNT Acute (4 weeks)
    • Surgery (2 weeks)
    • Renal (2 weeks)
    • Critical Care (2 weeks)
    • Extended Care/Geriatric Nutrition (2 weeks)
    • Management (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Nutrition-Pediatrics (3 weeks; 32 hours per week)

Students within the Public Health concentration complete the following rotations:

  • Orientation (1 week; 40 hours)
  • Public Health (22 weeks; 20 hours per week )
  • County WIC program, Community health center, local school district, DHS, DPI
  • Food Systems Administration (9 weeks; 20 hours per week )
  • Clinical Medical Nutrition Therapy (14 weeks; 32 hours per week )
  • MNT Chronic (2 weeks)
  • MNT Acute (2 weeks)
  • Surgery (2 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (2 weeks)
  • Critical Care (2 weeks)
  • Extended Care/Geriatric Nutrition (2 weeks)
  • Management (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy (6 weeks; 20 hours per week)
    • Diabetes Care (3 weeks)
    • Renal/Hemodialysis (3 weeks)

Requirements of Program Completion

  • Completion of all courses within the Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Students must remain in good academic standing:
    • Students must earn ≥ 3.00 GPA on all course work attempted for the program.
    • Students receiving an Incomplete (I) grade are allowed the subsequent semester of enrollment to complete the coursework.
  • Completion of all ACEND-accredited rotation competencies at a satisfactory level as aligned with the grading system (NS 670 and NS 671), consistent with the achievement of performance for entry-level dietitians.
  • Completion of program projects at a required level of satisfaction:
    • Case Study Presentation
    • Journal Club Presentation
    • Professional behavior self-assessment, reflection and statement
    • E-Portfolio
    • Oral examination

Supervised Experiential Learning

Clinical Nutrition Curriculum

  • Screening patients for nutritional risk
  • Assessing nutritional status of patients with increasingly complex medical conditions
  • Applying the nutrition care process in real-life practice
  • Interpreting laboratory data and learning medical terminology
  • Developing knowledge nutritional intervention in disease states and procedures
  • Investigating nutritional implications of drug therapy
  • Developing and implementing enteral and parenteral nutrition care plans
  • Functioning as a member of intraprofessional health care team
  • Serving as a nutrition resource for health care professionals
  • Applying informatics knowledge and documenting in the electronic medical record
  • Counseling and educating patients, clients and other target audiences

Experience include concentrate exposure to Ambulatory care, including time spent in diabetes care, hemodialysis centers and renal care and a free-choice experience where students spend time in an ambulatory clinic of their choosing. Opportunities exist in: general medicine, cardiology, renal disease and dialysis, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology, neurology, geriatric, critical care and organ transplant.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Curriculum

  • The Program has a medical nutrition therapy concentration. Clinical nutrition experiences make up 26 weeks of the 39-week internship. Experiences are designed to increase in nutritional complexity. Experiences include:
  • Screening patients for nutritional risk
  • Assessing nutritional status of patients with increasingly complex medical conditions
  • Applying the nutrition care process in real-life practice
  • Interpreting laboratory data and learning medical terminology
  • Developing knowledge nutritional intervention in disease states and procedures
  • Investigating nutritional implications of drug therapy
  • Developing and implementing enteral and parenteral nutrition care plans
  • Functioning as a member of intraprofessional health care team
  • Serving as a nutrition resource for health care professionals
  • Applying informatics knowledge and documenting in the electronic medical record
  • Counseling and educating patients, clients and other target audiences

MNT experiences include six weeks in ambulatory care. Two weeks focus on diabetes care, two weeks in renal care and two weeks are chosen by the student as a free choice option. Other rotations include one week in clinical nutrition research, three weeks in pediatrics and the remaining weeks in a majority of inpatient rotations that emphasize the following areas: general medicine, cardiology, renal disease and dialysis, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology, neurology, geriatric, critical care and organ transplant. Clinical nutrition management is also included within the MNT competencies with consideration of the student’s preference.

Community and Public Health Curriculum

The Community and Public Health experience within the Program last a total of six weeks. Experiences are designed to develop the students’ competencies in community nutrition assessment and intervention with consideration to public policy and application and compliance to federal guidelines. The student will provide nutrition education to meet the nutritional needs of culturally diverse populations.

Program partnerships include the Women, Infants and Children Program and area school districts. Students review legislation, regulatory agencies, gain an understanding of the menu planning and food production and service, and prepare nutrition education activities. Other projects may include training food service staff, creating bulletin boards and contributing to newsletters.

Food Systems Administration Curriculum

Food Systems rotations may occur within the Culinary Services Department at or with community partners, for example, Agrace Hospice Care. Food Systems Administration rotations are naturally experienced in stages to give interns the opportunity to build on their skills and knowledge throughout the six-week rotation. Experiences include exposure to purchasing, quantity foods, safety and sanitation, retail management, marketing, financial responsibility and client and patient services. Learning experiences include creating a business marketing plan, participating in management activities (including human resources), menu development, managing trends in sustainability, use of local or organic foods and waste management.

Applying

Application Process

Apply to the program by completing the following steps:

  1. Complete an application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as, key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics. Save a PDF copy of your DICAS application and submit with the UW-Madison Graduate School application as a supplemental document.
  1. Complete a UW-Madison Graduate School Electronic Application. Apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition program for a SUMMER term start.

    Provide 3 letters of recommendation through the UW-Madison Graduate School application. The letters should include two references from professors in food or nutrition, food service management, or science, and one reference from a supervisor of work experience.

    Submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended via the Graduate School application. Upon acceptance to the program, official transcripts will be required.

    Pay a $75 application fee to the UW-Madison Graduate School. Sign a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement. A valid Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD). A valid verification statement stating successful completion of an accredited and approved DPD must be submitted before the applicant can enter the internship.
  1. Pay a separate application fee of $45 to UW-Health. Make checks out to: UW Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Mail the Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement and application fee to:

UW Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
600 Highland Ave, F4/120
Mail Code: 1510
Madison, WI 53792

If you already hold a graduate degree, please contact Makayla Schuchardt (mlschuchardt@wisc.edu) for more information on the application to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship program.

For questions about the Graduate School application, please contact Katie Butzen (kbutzen@wisc.edu), graduate program coordinator.

Second-Round Selection for Spring Match

Positions not filled during first-round match will be selected from applications and interviews that were reviewed by the program within the first-round. This means that students who have applied and interviewed during the first-round matching process but, did not match to any program during the first round, will be given priority for a second round selection.

  • The program will reach out directly to any unmatched students who have previously applied to the program during the first round to begin the second-round selection. It is not necessary for students to contact the program to inquire about openings.

Pre-Select Admission For UW-Madison Students

The Integrated Graduate Program offers a preselect option for senior UW-Madison Dietetics students and Graduate students enrolled in the UW-Madison M.S. Clinical Nutrition degree program who wish to continue their education within the University of Wisconsin system.

The application and admission process will be conducted during the fall semester annually. The application deadline is the last day of the Fall semester each year. Applicants will receive notification via email from the Program Director of acceptance or rejection into the Program by January 28th each academic year. Once students accept a position in the Program, the next academic year their name is submitted to D&D Digital and that student is ineligible to participate in computer matching.

Full acceptance is conditional on maintaining cumulative and major GPAs, as well as, graduation and DPD verification for graduating seniors.

Pre-Select Application Process

  1. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Program Director or the DPD Coordinator during the summer before their application to review the admission requirements and discuss the application process.
  2. Complete the application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as, key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics.
  3. Sign a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement. A valid Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree or Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) at the UW-Madison. A valid verification statement stating successful completion of an accredited and approved DPD must be submitted before the applicant can enter the internship.
  4. Email the DICAS Application to the Program’s Director, Cassie Vanderwall (CVanderwall@UWHealth.orgby the last day of the Fall semester.
  5. Acquire official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DICAS and included in your completed packet. A copy of final grades should be provided as they become available.
  6. Pay application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $45, payable by check. It is strongly recommended that you send your application fee with a trackable system such as FedEx, Registered U.S. Mail or UPS. Applications received without an application fee payment will not be reviewed.
  7. Mail transcripts, the Declaration of Intent or Verification Statement and application fee to:

    UW Health Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
    600 Highland Ave, F4/120
    Mail Code: 1510
    Madison, WI 53792 

Pre-Select Admission For Wisconsin WIC Program Nutritionists Within the Public Health Concentration

  1. Complete the Readiness Survey.
  2. Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with the Program Director and their WIC program manager during the summer before their application to review the admission requirements and discuss the completed readiness survey and the application process.
  3. Complete the application via DICAS, including a personal statement articulating your scholastic achievement, conceptual ability and critical thinking skills, as well as key professional, leadership and research experiences that have helped to guide and prepare you for a career in dietetics.
  4. Attach DPD Verification Statement. A valid Verification Statement, signed by the applicant and the director of the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) is required.
  5. Email the DICAS Application to the UW Health Dietetic Internship Program Director, Cassie Vanderwall (CVanderwall@UWHealth.org) when the application is complete.
  6. Acquire official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to DICAS and included in your completed packet.
  7. Pay application fee. A non-refundable application fee of $45, payable by check. It is strongly recommended that you send your application fee with a trackable system such as FedEx, registered U.S. Mail or UPS. Applications received without an application fee payment will not be reviewed.
  8. Mail transcripts, Verification Statement and application fee to:

    Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Attn: Cassie Vanderwall
    600 Highland Ave, F4/120
    Mail Code: 1510
    Madison, WI 53792

Selection Criteria

Application to the Program requires successful completion of The Academy’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements and fulfillment of the application process noted above.

Students are selected based on:

  • Scholastic achievement
  • Conceptual ability
  • Written and oral expression
  • Self-direction
  • Preparation
  • Work experience
  • Professional activities
  • Leadership abilities
  • Professional references
  • GRE scores (not required)

It is ideal that the personal narrative reflects such abilities. In the past, the students selected typically have a graduate GPA greater than 3.0 and paid work experience in clinical nutrition and/or food service experience.

Admission Requirements

All must meet the following core requirements before they formally begin the program:

  • Official college transcripts with posted degree and completion of all DPD coursework
  • Final verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD college
  • Completion of a formal online employment application to UW Hospitals and Clinics
  • Completion of a physical exam at Employee Health Services with proof of titers (blood tests) showing immunity.
  • Background Check
  • Fingerprinting, may be required by various rotation sites
  • Proof of health insurance. Tuition costs for the program do not include segregated fees. Therefore, access to university health services or healthcare access to UW Hospitals and Clinics is not provided. Interns are responsible for locating access to affordable healthcare based on their current insurance plan.

International Applicants

Applicants must be either citizens of the United States or able to maintain work authorization throughout the Program. UW Hospitals and Clinics does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Integrated Graduate program.

Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition & Dietetics (Madison, WI)

A Virtual Open House Presentation was held Nov. 4, 2020 – Watch the presentation

Thank you for your interest in this Integrated Graduate Program. The Program is established within the academic health care entities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison including the UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics and UW School of Medicine and Public Health. UW Health is also home to American Family Children’s Hospital and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.


Contact Information
Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services
(608) 890-8528
dietintern@uwhealth.org

Handbook
Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Handbook (pdf)


About the Integrated Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

You are ready to take the first step to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). To learn more about the path to become an RDN, visit The Academy’s Reference, 5 Steps to Become an RDN.

UW Health has an incredible opportunity for you to explore this Integrated Program. It provides 20 top graduates with an invaluable educational experience of actively learning, gaining competency and providing remarkable healthcare in a patient- and family-centered environment at one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

This Program is a year-long practice experience under the supervision of passionate and knowledgeable preceptors who are leaders nationwide. The program allocates 32 hours each week to supervised practice experiences in the clinical, public health and food systems administration domains. All students have the option of concentrating their learning in the areas of clinical nutrition (MNT), public health or food system administration.

Program Outcomes

The Integrated Graduate Program has provided students with academic excellence in a clinical setting since 1953. The program has proven outcomes: 96 percent of students have passed their first attempt of the registration exam for registered dietitians and since 2009. To learn more about our program outcomes consider watching our Virtual Open House or referencing our current student handbook posted on this page.

As a student, you will acquire the skills necessary to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the nutrition profession. This is a comprehensive program in which dietetic students actively learn and become competent in best-practice, patient- and family-focused nutrition care at a tertiary hospital providing all levels of medical care. The strength of this program lies in the high quality of knowledgeable preceptors providing supervised practice, usually within a one on one rotation experience. The overall learning experience is enhanced with graduate learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nutritional Sciences Department. Credits are transferable to degree earning programs.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). ACEND can be contacted by:

Email: acend@eatright.org
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Upon successful completion, graduates receive a Certificate of Program Completion and a Verification Statement and are then eligible to take the Registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.