Center for Disabilities program awarded full accreditation

The Center for Disabilities at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine announced its Dietetic Internship Program has been granted full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Dietetic Internship at the Center for Disabilities is a post baccalaureate program for individuals who have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and at least a bachelor's degree. The internship provides the supervised practice experience necessary to become eligible to take the national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The accreditation was granted for non-degree dietetic internships with an adults and children with disabilities concentration. This accreditation allows the Center for Disabilities to enroll 18 full-time interns annually in two tracks – a 10-month track for interns without a master's degree and a seven-month track for interns who already earned a master's degree.

"The pathway to becoming a registered dietitian requires the completion of a nationally accredited supervised practice program," said Dr. Judy Struck, Center for Disabilities executive director. "This 10-year accreditation ensures that pathway at the Center for Disabilities will continue to prepare highly qualified dietitians to meet the health care needs of our state – especially those South Dakotans with a disability."

For more information on the Dietetic Internship Program or the Center for Disabilities, go to www.usd.edu/cd.

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