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Why Choose Priority Nutrition Care's Distance Program?

Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship

A unique full time 6 month Distance Dietetic Internship Program (25 weeks/40 hours per week) with offices in the Metropolitan Boston area, during which you can make life-long friends from other parts of the country while completing your Internship, enjoying the support of your family and friends, saving money, networking and making contacts for future employment. Although we are a large Internship (accredited for 143 Interns annually), we maintain a small Internship culture by having our Interns working in small groups (6-8 Interns). The Clinical, Food Service and Community rotations are equally divided into 6 weeks each and the culminating Elective rotation is 7 weeks in length.  We participate in both the Fall and Spring matches and we will be accepting up to 90 Interns in the next match for our class starting in January 2021. 

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What make the Priority Nutrition Care Distance DI unique?

Save Money, Stay Close to Home, Plan for the Future

The average cost of an apartment and associated costs in cities across the US is significant. In Boston, the average rental is in the $2000 per month range, making it near impossible to afford rent and Internship tuition. Staying close to home with your family or friends makes it possible to avoid increases in your living expenses for the duration of the Internship and have their support..

Several Payment Options to Fit Your Needs

While loans are available through banks, they are typically not available in a timely fashion unless they are secured in advance.

Please see updated COVID Payment Plans under Our Program/Program Costs tab on our Homepage.

Get Credit for Prior Learning & Experience (PAL)

We participate in PAL or prior assessed learning. You may shorten your time in the Internship based on learning acquired during your qualifying work or life experience.

Credits Toward Master's

Successful completion of the our Internship qualifies you for up to 12 credits from the University of Houston toward their online Master's in Nutrition.

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Small Internship Culture, Weekly Online Meetings

We continue to model our Program on our first three small classes of 30 Interns each. We found this class size perfect to allow relationships, professional and personal, to flourish. You will have a weekly meeting with your dedicated RDN program coordinator and a biweekly meeting with your small group team members.

Make Connections

Staying in your community gives you the opportunity to showcase your talents and set yourself up for future employment or learn about and work on potential employment opportunities, rather than having to start from scratch upon returning home after completing a program for which you had to relocate. You will be able to network close to home.

Priority Nutrition Care has now graduated over 500 Interns, more than many Internships have graduated in 40 years combined. This allows us to draw on a network that encompasses the entire country.

Flexible Scheduling and Nontraditional Settings

Contrary to popular belief the Clinical Rotation does not have to be completed in a hospital. The primary focus in the clinical rotation is the Nutrition Care Process and Medical Nutrition Therapy. The skills associated with these responsibilities are transferrable. Due to decreasing lengths of hospital stays (LOS) over the last several years, the decrease in RDN staffing in hospital settings and the availability of post hospitalization treatment in acute care rehabilitation settings, we find that there are more opportunities for clinical rotations in short term medical rehabilitation facilities. 

7-Week Elective Rotation

The Elective Rotation at the end of the Internship will provide you with several options. You may deepen your experience in the clinical, community or food service areas, participate in an entirely different aspect of any one of those areas or venture into an entirely different area in our field. Opportunities that may not be appropriate in other rotations, such as 7 weeks in a Dialysis Unit, an inpatient eating disorder program or WIC (if you have not previously worked with WIC) would be approved for the Elective rotation.

Concentration

Concentrations are areas of expertise that the Internship Program has experience in and provides experiences, such as assignments and projects that are considered beyond entry level. These larger projects are completed throughout the program. Please note that they have no relationship to the type of site you are at.

Orientation

Because of the uncertainty related to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) our orientation for our class entering in January 2021 will be on a virtual meeting platform. You will not be required to come to Boston. The orientation dates will remain the same. Please watch our website for additional information.


Exam and Job Search Coaching

From the first week of the Internship, we work with the very successful Jean Inman Program. In preparation for a two day live webinar given by Jean Inman MBA, RD, exclusively for our Interns, our Interns work with the written course content. At Orientation, we will introduce you to our Career Coach who will in turn introduce you to skills you may practice during the Internship that will enhance your future job search.