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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Keith & Associates Distance Dietetic Internship (KADDI) is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice experience designed to allow qualified individuals to become registry-eligible with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 

KADDI is a dietetic internship fully accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics until 2028 and licensed by The Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.   We have partnership agreements with both the University of Alabama and the University of Central Arkansas to offer interns an MS degree.

A distance internship allows interns to custom-design their own program in their current demographic location.  Our internship program follows the same requirements as other dietetic internship programs.  KADDI has an excellent curriculum and processes in place for our interns & preceptors.

 

Keith & Associates follows U.S. Department of Education Guidance Issued on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services. KADDI collects and maintains only the data necessary to fulfill its duties in executing affiliation agreements and meeting ACEND standards. The program will de-identify any data used for product development, research, marketing, or other purposes. In the event of a security or privacy incident including personally identifiable information, KADDI will immediately notify the student or graduate. The program takes precautions to ensure intern privacy and positively identifies interns during distance learning and testing.

KADDI CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

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Pre-orientation – KADDI Boot Camp 

This is a vigorous, 76-hour rotation of case study exercises that interns must complete prior to orientation.  The assignments & activities during pre-orientation cover several ACEND required competencies.  Some of the assignments you will be doing include public policy, productivity & sustainability, or renal education.

Orientation – “Livin’ on Tulsa Time”

This is a four-day training to prepare you for your rotation sites. 

  • Sunday = Optional Ranch to Table tour event sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council.  Students take a chartered bus to an Oklahoma ranch.  You will get a tour of the ranch by the Armitage family.  After this, you will be able to visit with a team of experts from Oklahoma State University (animal scientists, veterinarian, etc.).  The day ends with a steak dinner! 

  • Monday =  professional development, SBAR & AIDET communication techniques, HIPPA training, Diversity & Inclusion, and more. 

  • Tuesday = clinical training including clinical skills training (NG tube placement, Cortrak training & placement, enteral feeding pump hands-on training for adult & pediatric care (learn how to set a pump rate & more), diabetes skills training (blood glucose checks, insulin injection practice into sponge, CGMs, diabetes medication review and use of commonly used medications and insulins), swallow screening & thickening liquids & testing measure using IDDSI guidelines, blood pressure checks, B12 IM injections, and more.   You will also be able to visit with representatives & and sample nutrition supplements with Abbott, Nestle, Nutricia, Oklahoma Beef Council, and Real Foods.  

  • Wednesday = business workshop and communication strategies training by two private practice RDNs from Dallas, Texas. 

  • Thursday = kick-off to RDN exam prep training (continues throughout internship) and hear from preceptors & KADDI alumni!  

Clinical Rotation – 392 Hours

During your clinical rotation, you will be performing the nutrition care process using evidence-based practice.  Required conditions to practice during your clinical rotation include:

  • Overweight/ obesity

  • Endocrine disorders

  • Cancer

  • Malnutrition

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Gastrointestinal disease

  • Renal disease

As a KADDI intern, you will have 40 hours of pre-rotation assignments to prepare you for the clinical rotation.  These assignments will allow you the opportunity to improve your MNT knowledge & critical thinking skills to be well-prepared for your rotation.

During the clinical rotation, assignments will include self-evaluations & preceptor evaluations to assess your strengths and areas to improve your overall clinical skills.  Another assignment our interns enjoy doing is the nutrition topic study report.  This is a topic decided between the preceptor and intern on a nutrition topic issue that is new or controversial.  The intern does further research and study about the topic to improve knowledge & practice for the intern, preceptor, and facility.

Foodservice Rotation – 224 Hours

Food and its preparation are at the foundation of training for dietitians.  This rotation will provide you with hands-on experience in all parts of a foodservice system.  You will complete assignments to gain an application of procurement, receiving, storage, preparation and service.  Some of the assignments you will complete during this rotation include employee training, theme meal or menu development.  

Community Rotation – 128 Hours

  • Infants

  • Children

  • Adolescents

  • Adults

  • Pregnant/ lactating women

  • Elderly

During the community rotation, dietetic interns will be able to practice the nutrition care process with populations of diverse cultures and across the life cycle including:

Some of the assignments you will complete during this rotation include developing client education material or conducting a nutrition education & counseling session. 

Business & Entrepreneurship Rotation – 160 Hours

In this rotation, interns will develop leadership and management skills in a variety of settings.  These skills you will be able to use in all areas of dietetic practice as you begin your career.  You will work with nutrition or other business professionals to develop social media and other business-related projects.

Program Completion and Verification Statement

In order to graduate and receive a verification statement, interns must:

  • Complete a minimum of 1000 total hours with a minimum of 700 hours being on-site supervised practice (including PAL credit if any)

  • Complete a graduate degree within the time allotted for the internship track chosen by the student. 

    • Submit to KADDI an official transcript with the graduate degree and date awarded posted on it​

      • Those who enter with a graduate degree or complete a graduate degree prior to completion of program are expected to complete the program within 8.5 months (full-time) or 14 months (part-time). ​

      • MSDI students are expected to complete the University of Alabama combined program within 18 month

      • MSDI students are expected to complete the University of Central Arkansas combined program within 18 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) 

  • Finish all assignments in the curriculum and submit preceptor evaluations

    • Must be completed before leaving your rotation site​

  • Meet each ACEND competency for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (CRDNs) one or more times

  • Pass the final exam (or have attempted it three times)

  • Fulfilled all financial obligations 

KADDI provides the following to graduates:

  • ​Verification statement (six original signed)

  • RDN Misuse Policy

  • Name/Address Change Form (CDR)

  • Exam Preparation – RD

    • Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates

    • RDN Study Outline

    • KADDI RDN Exam review materials 

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Congratulatory gift when the graduate notifies the program director they have passed the RDN exam

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