Admissions

12861All applications to the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship are made through a centralized application process called DICAS and a corresponding digital match process via D & D Digital. Please click here to learn more about the application and admissions process.

Admissions

The UAB MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship program accepts a total of 25 interns annually. These positions are distributed between the on- and off-campus programs:

  • Birmingham: 16 interns
  • Mobile: 4 interns
  • Montgomery: 3 interns
  • Huntsville: 2 interns

The UAB Dietetic Internship participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and online computer matching through D&D Digital. Students who are matched to the UAB Dietetic Internship program will then apply to the Graduate School.

 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship, a student must have:

  • Received a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Completed the required curriculum from a ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and received a Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent Statement.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Taken the GRE or MAT within the past 5 years.
  • A minimum combined GRE score of 297 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 3.5 on the GRE Writing Assessment Test.
    • Or a minimum MAT score of 410.

For international students:

  • An expected TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 (internet version), 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version).
  • Or a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
  • A Financial Affidavit of Support.

In instances where applicants do not meet the principal GPA and/or GRE or MAT requirements for admission, they may be considered for probationary admission.

Students who are competitive for the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300. Every part of the DICAS application and the UAB Dietetic Internship Supplemental Application is used in the selection process and is reviewed by a committee composed of program faculty and preceptors.

If you do not qualify for this program, we have a different track that might meet your professional goals, please click here to review the Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention Track.

 

Virtual Open House

Watch our video: "UAB MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship Open House 2016"

 

Application Deadlines

February 15, 2017:

  • DICAS Application
  • D&D Digital Application
  • UAB Supplemental Application Form

June 1, 2017:

  • UAB Graduate School

 

Application Process

Phase 1 - Dietetic Internship

1. Apply for the UAB Dietetic Internship through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) portal.

  • DICAS Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
  • Send all application materials (except GRE scores) directly to DICAS.
  • More information about the DICAS application procedure and fees can be found on the ACEND website.  

2. Submit official GRE or MAT scores to the UAB Graduate School

  • GRE Institution Code: 1856
  • MAT Institution Code: 1017

3. For international students, submit official TOEFL score to UAB Graduate School

  • TOEFL Institution code: 1856
  • Mail Financial Affidavit of Support (for international applicants only) to:

    UAB Graduate School LHL G03
    1720 2nd Ave South
    Birmingham, Al 35294 – 0013

4. Submit the UAB Dietetic Internship Supplemental Application (PDF) to UAB Dietetic Internship Program Director by February 15, 2017.

Mail to:
Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN
Dietetic Internship Program Director
WEBB 540
Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB
1720 2nd Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35294-3360

5. Apply for computer matching through D&D Digital.

  • Application deadline: February 15, 2017.
  • Program Codes:
    • UAB On-Campus Code: 301
    • UAB Off-Campus Code: 442
  • Be sure to rank programs in order of preference.

 

Phase 2 - Graduate School

1. Students who are matched to the UAB Dietetic Internship and accept their position on April 3, 2017 will THEN apply to the UAB Graduate School.

 

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2. By August 1, enrolled students must complete required immunizations, drug screening, and background check.

 

Core Performance Standards

Listed below are the core performance standards for admission and progression in the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Dietetic Internship program. Before applying, students should review the technical standards.

DIDACTIC CORE STANDARDS
Issue Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Develop nutrition care plans
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds Establishes rapport with colleagues, works effectively in groups on course activities
Communication Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading and writing) sufficient to interact with others in verbal and written form Able to complete written assignments, participate in classroom discussion/activities; complete group projects. Focuses in class without causing or creating disruption interruptions
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move location to location Attends class, able to sit during class period and take notes
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to complete classroom assignments Able to access and use a computer
Hearing Auditory skills sufficient to hear class presentations and participate in classroom activities Able to participate in class lectures/discussions
Visual Visual ability sufficient to attend class and participate in classroom activities Observes colleagues/faculty responses; audio visual aids in class
Tactile N/A N/A

 

PRACTICUM CORE STANDARDS
Issue Standard Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment Must have ability to complete all ACEND objectives and planned experiences
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds Establishes rapport with patients, clients and colleagues
Communication Communication abilities (hearing, speaking, reading and writing) sufficient to interact with others in verbal and written form

Explain diet plans, initiate health teaching.

Able to document and interpret lab values, patient responses and communicate nutrition care plans

Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move location to location

Must have transportation/ability to get to various facilities throughout the city and county.

Must have ability to complete clinical practicum in a variety of settings and facilities. This may involve prolonged standing, walking, and moving/lifting equipment, patient charts, etc.

Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to complete hospital and clinic assignments

Ability to operate multiple forms of computers and software

Hearing Auditory skills sufficient to hear class presentations and participate in clinical and community assignments

Ability to interact in small and large group classes

Ability to interact in numerous formats including classroom, medical rounds, clinical cases etc.

Visual Visual ability sufficient including but not limited   to accessing patients, participating in classroom and community activities Ability to fully participate in occasions including but not limited to patient assessment, classroom and community service events
Tactile Physical ability sufficient to perform nutrition-focused physical examination. Complete measurements, hair pluck ability, assess for edema, evaluate skin

For questions regarding admission requirements and the application process, contact Dietetic Internship Program Director, Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 205-934-3223.