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Dietetic Internship

Program Description

The Florida Hospital Orlando Dietetic Internship Program (FHODIP) at Florida Hospital is dedicated to the education of the next generation of Registered Dietitian leaders.  The FHODIP supports the education and development of dietetic practitioners through a dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced faculty and preceptors working together as a team to uphold the program goals and outcomes.  Florida Hospital Orlando Registered Dietitians utilize the electronic health record to document patient care.  Registered Dietitians utilize the Nutrition Care Process to accomplish nutrition assessment and provide nutrition care.  Registered dietitians provide clinical nutrition care in collaboration with physicians, nursing, pharmacists, case managers, and speech pathologists.

Supervised Practice

The FHODIP is a full-time, non-degree program with a clinical emphasis. It is an 8.5 month program, consisting of 1216 hours of supervised practice.

The supervised practice hours are included in rotations in each of the five experiences, which are:

  • Food Service & Management: 320 hours
  • Community: 96 hours
  • Clinical 1: 320 hours
  • Clinical 2: 360 hours
  • Staff Experience: 120 hours

The required number of supervised practice hours (1216 hours) provided by the FHODIP is the only viable route to complete the internship program and achieve eligibility to sit for the dietitian registration exam.

FHODIP Mission Statement

To develop entry level dietitians that are equipped with nutrition expertise to extend the healing ministry of Christ.

Florida Hospital Mission Statement

 “To extend the healing ministry of Christ…”

The Florida Hospital Orlando Dietetic Internship Program mission statement is a natural evolution of the Florida Hospital mission statement.  Florida Hospital is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  Thus, Christ’s ministry is at the forefront of the culture and care extended to the patient.  Furthermore, the Florida Hospital Orlando Dietetic Internship Program mission statement aligns with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Scope of Practice for the Registered Dietitian.

Program Goals

Goal 1.  To prepare graduates to become leaders, life-long learners, and service minded individuals through community involvement.

Objectives to support goal One:

  • At least 20% of graduates will serve in dietetic related service positions such as the local and national dietetic associations
  • At least 10% of graduates with a BS degree will be admitted to a graduate program within 2 years of internship completion
  • At least 10% of graduates will volunteer in nutrition organizations of their choice

Goal 2.  To prepare graduates to serve as competent and professional entry-level dietitians

Objectives to support goal two:

  • Over a five year period, program graduates will achieve a first-time pass rate of the RD exam of at least 80%
  • Over a five year period, at least 80% of graduates will pass the RD exam within one year of graduation
  • 100% of interns will complete the FHODIP within 12 months
  • Over a five year period, at least 80% of graduates will be employed in dietetics or a related field
  • Over a five year period, at least 80% of graduates will rank themselves as adequately prepared for their dietetic position
  • Over a five year period, at least 10% of graduates will be hired by Florida Hospital Orlando

Goals and objectives are monitored for program effectiveness.

The RD exam pass rate for Cohorts 1&2 is 94%.

Accreditation Status

The FHODIP has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The program will be submitting a self-study report in 2019 requesting full accreditation. The decision from the ACEND Board of DIrectors will be forthcoming in 2020.

Contact information for ACEND:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312-899-0040 ext. 5400, 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400,

Graduation and Certification

Upon successful completion of the 1,216 supervised practice hours, interns receive a certificate of completion from Florida Hospital Orlando and a Dietetic Internship (DI) verification statement which is required in order to sit for the professional registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 

The Program must be completed successfully prior to taking the registration exam.

Class Size

Each year, Florida Hospital Orlando Dietetic Internship Program may admit two cohorts of interns, with up to eight interns in July and up to eight interns in January.  This small class size ensures close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive and positive educational experience.


Interns will be issued meal vouchers from their campus to assist in the purchase of some meals from Nutritional Services’ cafeterias.


Free parking for employees, students, and interns is available at all Florida Hospital locations.