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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 40-credit MS Nutrition program. 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 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • December 9,  2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. ET

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

Admissions

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

A separate application to the MS program is required for all applicants without a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition.

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 a minimum of 19 credits throughout their internship year but are strongly recommended to complete 21 credits throughout their internship year.

Notes: 

  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

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

First Fall Semester (6-9 Credits)

First Fall Semester Table
Course # Course Name Credits

NUTR-GE 2000*

New Graduate Student Seminar

0

NUTR-GE 2190*

Research Methods

3

NUTR-GE 2139*

Advanced Nutrition Science: Proteins, Fats & Carbohydrates

3

NUTR-GE 2220*

Nutrition and Aging (or another Advanced Clinical Nutrition course-two courses required by program-see Advanced Clinical Nutrition course options below)

3

*Course required
Note: Although only a minimum of 6 credits are required, you are strongly recommended to take 9 credits worth of courses in your first semester given the internship structure.

 

Winter Semester (1 credit)

Winter Semester Table
Course # Course Name Credits

NUTR-GE 2165

Interdisciplinary Case-Based Management of Dysphasia

1

 

Spring Semester (6-9 Credits)

Spring Semester Table
Course # Course Name Credits

NUTR-GE 2144*

Advanced Nutrition Science: Vitamins & Minerals

3

APSTA-GE 2185*

Basic Statistics (or another graduate-level statistics course by advisement)

3

NUTR-GE 2198

Nutrition Counseling Theory and Practice (or another elective course by advisement)

3

*Course required

 

Summer Session (3-6 Credits)

Summer Semester Table
Course # Course Name Credits
NUTR-GE 2045 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Sports Nutrition 3
NUTR-GE 2222 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Eating Disorders 3

 

Second Fall Semester (13-16 Credits)

Second Fall Semester Table
Course # Course Name Credits
NUTR-GE 2061* Research Applications 3
NUTR-GE 2XXX Advanced Clinical Nutrition or Elective course 3
NUTR-GE 2XXX Advanced Clinical Nutrition or Elective course 3
NUTR-GE 2XXX Advanced Clinical Nutrition or Elective course 3
NUTR-GE 2XXX Seminar in Nutrition 1-3

 

Advanced Clinical Nutrition courses (only 2 required; note, not all are available every semester)

Advanced Clinical Nutrition Table
Course # Course Name Credits

NUTR-GE 2041

Pediatric Nutrition

3

NUTR-GE 2043

Critical Care Nutrition

3

NUTR-GE 2045

Sports Nutrition

3

NUTR-GE 2194

Weight Management

3

NUTR-GE 2220

Nutrition in Aging

3

NUTR-GE 2286

Diseased Gut

3

NUTR-GE 2222

Nutritional Aspects of Eating Disorders

3

NUTR-GE 2292

Nutrition for Musculoskeletal

3

Note: advanced clinical course offerings are rotated each semester

 

Elective Course Options

Elective Courses Table
Course # Course Name Credits
NUTR-GE 2042 Maternal Child Nutrition 3
NUTR-GE 2210 Complementary and Alternative Nutrition 3
NUTR-GE 2187 Global Issues in Nutrition 3
NUTR-GE 2292 Nutritional Epidemiology 3
NUTR-GE 2300 Independent Study 1-6
NUTR-GE 2XXX Seminars in Nutrition 1-3
FOOD-GE 2XXX Food Studies Courses 1-4

Note: elective course offerings are rotated each semester. Students may take elective graduate courses offered by other departments by advisement

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.