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James J. Peters/Bronx VA Medical Center Dietetic Internship

Students who apply to the dietetic internship at the James J. Peters/Bronx VA Medical Center (JJPVAMC) and who have not previously matriculated in the MS program at NYU Steinhardt must apply to the 34-credit master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics with a concentration in Clinical Nutrition. Dietetic internship applicants must also apply to this MS program or their application to the dietetic internship will not be considered.

Students who are matriculated in the MS program at NYU at the time of acceptance to the JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship continue in the 40-credit MS degree. Upon completion of the JJPVAMC dietetic internship, they request a credit reduction from 40 to 34 credits by submitting their Dietetic Internship Verification Statements to the MS Program Director or advisor.

(*Note: Effective January 1, 2024 the eligibility requirement to sit for the credentialing examination for dietitians will be a master's degree; please visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration site for details).

Upcoming Open House Sessions

Join us at one of our open houses to learn more about the James J. Peters VA Medical Center Dietetic Internship and get your questions answered.

Sessions will be held on:

  • November 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET
  • December 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET
  • January 14, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET

Please email Dietetic Internship Director Verzhine V. Owens, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES at no later than one week before a given session to receive registration information.


A separate application to the MS program is required. The $50 application fee is waived for applicants to the JJPVAMC DI. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. For information, including the admissions process, tuition and fees, application materials and other information about the school, please visit the Steinhardt Graduate Admissions website

The Steinhardt Graduate Admissions website has detailed information for students about tuition and living costs, non-matriculated status, and financial aid. Applicants who have non-US undergraduate credentials must present a course-by-course evaluation of their international credentials along with their completed application. A number of agencies can provide this service.

Please note: the JJVPAMC Dietetic Internship is only open to US citizens.

The deadline for admission to the MS program is February 1st.

For more information about the JJPVAMC Dietetic internship, including the application procedure please visit their website. 

JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship Curriculum

The following curriculum is reserved for dietetic interns at the JJPVAMC. It is designed to strengthen the clinical nutrition knowledge and skills of dietetic interns. All interns are required to be enrolled in 15 credits throughout their internship year.


  1.  No graduate-level course may be taken pass/fail unless that is the only grading option.
  2.  Not all courses listed are offered every semester. Classes run only if enrollment is sufficient.
  3. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be taken only after you have completed NUTR-GE 2190 Research Methods. Please see the sequence map for additional information.
  4. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to graduate from the program.

Prerequisite: Admission to the JJPVAMC Dietetic Internship

First Semester — A minimum of 3 credits must be taken

First Semester
Course # Course Name   Credits
All dietetic interns' first semester at a minimum should include:

NUTR-GE 2000

New Graduate Student Seminar



NUTR-GE 2190

Research Methods



The remaining 12 credits must be within the following recommendations.

You are required to take one or both of the following nutrition science courses:

NUTR-GE 2139

Advanced Nutrition: Protein, Fats, and Carbohydrates


NUTR-GE 2144

Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals


To reach 12 credits, select from the following courses:

NUTR-GE 2196 

Nutrition-Focused Physical Assessment (based on availability)


NUTR-GE 2198

Nutrition Counseling Theory and Practice (based on availability) 


NUTR-GE 2041

Pediatric Nutrition


NUTR-GE 2043

Critical Care Nutrition


NUTR-GE 2045                        

Sports Nutrition 


NUTR-GE 2194

Weight Management 


NUTR-GE 2220                        

Nutrition in Aging


NUTR-GE 2286              

Diseased Gut


NUTR-GE 2222            

Nutritional Aspects of Eating Disorders 


NUTR-GE 2292 Advanced Nutrition: Nutrition for Musculoskeletal  3
NUTR-GE 2110 Advanced Nutrition in Complementary and Alternative Therapy  3


ELECTIVES: Graduate level courses




Chosen with adviser approval from this or other programs and schools. Only 2000-level courses are considered graduate level. All NUTR-GE courses count for graduate credit. Please check Department or University schedules for course offerings each semester




Must be taken in the final semester.

NUTR-GE 2061

Research Applications



NUTR-GE 2063                    

Research Apprenticeship by departmental permission                                







A typical academic schedule for JJPVAMC Dietetic interns consists of the below coursework: 

First Fall Semester (6 Credits)

First Fall Semester
Course # Course Name   Credits

NUTR-GE 2190

Research Methods - GEHONDMS



NUTR-GE 2139

Advanced Nutrition Science: Proteins, Fats & Carbohydrates



NUTR-GE 2000

New Graduate Student Seminar - GEHONDMS




Spring Semester (6 Credits)

Course # Course Name   Credits

NUTR-GE 2144

Advanced Nutrition Science: Vitamins & Minerals





Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Nutrition in Aging (3) or another Advanced Clinical Nutrition course. Two courses in the Advanced Clinical Nutrition category are required. Advanced Clinical Nutrition courses are offered every semester.








Summer Sessions (6 Credits)

At least one course must be taken during the Summer session.

Recommended courses:

Course # Course Name   Credits
NUTR-GE 2045 Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Sports Nutrition 3
NUTR-GE 2222 Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Eating Disorders 3
NUTR-GE 2285 Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Seminar in Advanced Nutrition: Obesity in Clinical Practice 3


Second Fall Semester (16 Credits)



Course # Course Name   Credits

NUTR-GE 2061

Research Applications - GEHONDMS




Electives (13 credits)

See NYU Steinhardt class schedule for additional courses.

Recommended Electives

Course # Course Name   Credits

NUTR-GE 2198

Nutrition Counseling Theory and Practice



NUTR-GE 2194

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Weight Management



NUTR-GE 2041

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Pediatric Nutrition



NUTR-GE 2043

Adv. Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care Nutr.



Meet a James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center Dietetic Internship Alum

Dja-maa Shepp completed her dietetic internship at JJPVAMC before graduating and joining the Center as a clinical dietitian.

Read Dja-maa's Story
Dja-maa stands with two other nutritionists pointing something out to them on a sheet of paper.