The U.S. Army has a proud history of training dietitians through our dietetic internship program. In 2006, the Army Dietetic Internship expanded its initial entry level dietetics program to a 20-month combined Masters Degree and Internship program. The collective program is named the Graduate Program of Nutrition (GPN) and is comprised of the following 2 components:
The Graduate Program of Nutrition is a two-phased, degree-producing program. Phase 1, the didactic portion, is approximately 9 months long and is completed at the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDD C&S), Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), Texas. Phase 2, the internship and research portion, is approximately 12 months long and is completed at one of three locations: Brooke Army Medical Center (San Antonio, TX), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD), or Madigan Army Medical Center (Tacoma, WA). Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition from Baylor University and will be eligible for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The course is offered once each year and begins on, or about, 1 December. However, entry into the military occurs on, or about, 1 September to allow the student to attend the initial Officer Leadership course, known as Basic Officer Leader Course.
In 2008, the masters component was made available to a limited number of fully qualified Registered Dietitians. This is not necessarily offered annually and will depend on the manpower needs of the Army. Service healthcare recruiters will have specific information about availability of this program year to year. Individuals accepted into this program as fully qualified RDs will complete the masters degree in nutrition and research requirements prior to being assigned as military dietitians to their first duty station.