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 U.S. Military-Baylor 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 Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE), Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), Texas. Phase 2, the internship and research portion, is approximately 12 months long and is completed at one of four locations: Brooke Army Medical Center (San Antonio, TX), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD), Madigan Army Medical Center (Tacoma, WA) or Womack Army Medical Center (Fort Bragg, NC). 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.
Attendance of the Army Medical Department Direct Commission Course (AMEDD DCC) is the first step upon entering service as a US Army officer. Our students attend DCC in September each year at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon the completion of DCC, students will spend October and November attending the initial Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC). Basic Army Officer specific skill will be taught during DCC and BOLC and are critical to becoming an Officer. The didactic portion of GPN begins early to mid December each year.