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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dietetic Internship

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Dietetic Internship Program

Roger Davis, Vice Provost of Health Affairs
Anne M. Lowery, Director, Dietetic Internship Program
Tracy Noerper, Assistant Director, Dietetic Internship Program

Core Faculty

Anne M. Lowery, Associate Professor of Dietetics
Tracy Noerper Assistant Professor of Dietetics
Ann Toy, Dietetic Internship Coordinator of Sports Nutrition


Lipscomb is the first college among the Christian colleges in the Southeast to house a Dietetic Internship (DI) Program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The internship program began in 2002 and is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice program in which interns complete more than 1,200 hours of supervised practice, including a 12-hour graduate certificate. Eligibility for the DI requires a verification statement from an accredited dietetics program. Interns complete weekly rotations in a wide variety of settings, including the clinical, community and food service areas of dietetics. Upon completion of the internship, students are eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Lipscomb’s first-time pass rate on the exam is higher than 80 percent, a requirement to maintain accreditation.

A dietetic internship is a program designed for individuals who have completed one of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited undergraduate or certificate nutrition programs. Under the supervision of dietitians in the field, Lipscomb interns complete a minimum of 1220 hours of practice as well as additional coursework, beginning in early August until mid-May. Areas of practice include clinical, outpatient, community, wellness, and food service operations of dietetics. The Lipscomb dietetic internship offers three concentration experiences: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Sports Nutrition, or Health Promotion and Wellness. Upon completion of the program, interns are expected to have developed the skills necessary to become entry-level dietitians.

Program Mission

The Dietetic Internship (DI) Program at Lipscomb University is positioned to provide supervised practice and didactic learning experiences to educate students to successfully function as entry-level generalist dietitians in the state, region, and nation. The curriculum is designed to provide for achievement of the competencies established for entry-level dietitians through excellence in both the classroom and supervised practice settings, encouragement of community service, and commitment to the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Program Goals:

  1. To prepare graduates to serve competently as entry-level dietitians;
  2. To encourage, motivate, and support interns to complete the internship program
  3. To prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to service (faith-based organizations, professional organizations, food banks, non-profits, mentoring, etc.)

Information on program objectives and outcome measures related to program goals listed above is available upon request and can be found on the website.   Please contact Anne Lowery MS, RDN, LDN Dietetic Internship Director at 615.966.5746 or by email at anne.lowery@lipscomb.edu.

For information on Admission to the program see: Application Instructions

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees 2019-20*
Tuition per credit hour $985
Application fee $35
Internship fee $3,500
Returned payment fee $30
TouchNet payment plan enrollment fee (per semester) $60
Withdrawal fee $195

Does not include living costs, travel costs, textbooks, supplies, and the optional graduate practicum credit.

* Effective May 1, 2019


Please contact Anne Lowery MS, RDN, LDN Dietetic Internship Director at 615.966.5746 or by email at anne.lowery@lipscomb.edu with any questions.


Program of Study Requirements


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