Supervised Practice

The AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program is a full-time, non-degree program with a clinical emphasis. It is an 8.5 month dietetic internship consisting of 1,216 hours of supervised practice.

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

  • Food Service and Management: 4 weeks
  • Community: 5 weeks
  • Clinical 1: 9 weeks
  • Clinical 2: 9 weeks
  • Staff Relief: 4 weeks

The required number of supervised practice hours (1,216 hours) provided by the AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program is the only viable route to complete the internship program and achieve eligibility to sit for the dietitian registration exam.

Program Description

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Testimonials

"The AdventHealth Dietetic Internship Program provides its interns with invaluable opportunities to participate in and ultimately provide whole-person care to individuals and communities through its food service, community, and clinical rotations. The internship provided me with a rich and diverse set of experiences that shaped my practice as a dietitian and facilitated profound personal growth. One unique aspect of the AdventHealth Dietetic Internship Program is the critical care focus during the Clinical 2 rotation. Interns not only learn fundamentals of critical care nutrition but become active participants in critical care dietetics, participating in ICU rounds and managing nutrition care for critically ill patients. This helped me cultivate confidence as a practitioner which has positively affected the care I provide at all levels of acuity. Further, the internship was the best preparation for succeeding on the RD exam. Ultimately, the greatest strength of the internship lies in the sense of community it offers. The internship blessed me with opportunities to be on both the giving and receiving ends of thoughtful professional mentorship. Campus leaders take great care in developing and teaching interns to be effective, patient-focused dietitians. The Internship Manager, Director, and all preceptors involved continually work to improve intern education and engage interns with evidence-based dietetics education that inspires them to be lifelong learners and patient advocates."
- Katie Elzer, RDN, Cohort 5 graduate

"As someone who was interested in a strongly clinical internship program, I couldn’t be happier with my experience with AHODIP (Formally FHODIP). The education I was provided was well rounded and allowed me to easily transition into a clinical setting following my graduation. As this was a relatively new program when I began, I was highly impressed with how valued our opinions and feedback were to help mold this program into the best possible version of itself for future RDNs."
- Meghan Stoops RDN, Cohort 2 graduate

"The didactic program and strong clinical rotations more than adequately prepared me to pass the RD exam and become a successful clinical dietitian."
Catherine McClelland, RDN, LDN, Cohort 1 graduate

"I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about other disciplines- I was able to shadow a speech language pathologist, several doctors, and even watch feeding tube placements and a surgery. I think this helps me as a dietitian to work better with these different professionals since I have a deeper understanding of what they do."
- Claire Lozano, RDN, LDN, Cohort 1 graduate

AdventHealth Orlando Mission Statement

“To extend the healing ministry of Christ…”

The AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program mission statement is a natural evolution of the AdventHealth Orlando mission statement. AdventHealth Orlando 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 AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program mission statement aligns with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Scope of Practice for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Mission Statement

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

Program Contacts

Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address: 525 Lake Estelle Drive, Orlando, Florida 32803

Gabriela Palou-De Jesus MS, RDN, LDN
Director, AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program

Ruth Hanson, RD, CDE
Manager, AdventHealth Orlando Dietetic Internship Program