FAQs

1. What are the eligibility requirements?
2. How are candidates evaluated?
3. What is the deadline for the application and when will I be notified if I have been selected?
4. What are the goals of the program?
5. What is my service obligation to the military?
6. What costs are associated with the Graduate Program in Nutrition?
7. What is Computer Matching?
8. What kind of rotations will I have during the Internship (phase 2) portion of the Program?
9. Where are the Phase 2 Training/Internship sites located and what are the facilities like?
10. What kind of Masters Degree will be awarded?
11. What coursework will be focused on in the Masters Degree portion of the Graduate Program of Nutrition?
12. What kind of physical exam or medical exams will be required to apply to the program?
13. Does the program participate in DICAS?
14. Is the Air Force accepting applicants to the program?




1. What are the eligibility requirements?
The applicant must:

  1. Have graduated from a didactic program in dietetics from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the program. Accredited Universities & Colleges.
  2. Have a signed verification form from the Program Director of a Didactic Program in Dietetics prior to the start of the program.
  3. Have a combined GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score of at least 297 in the verbal and quantitative portions, and a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 3.5.
  4. Have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.
  5. Be a U.S. citizen.
  6. Meet medical and physical fitness standards. (See question #12 for related content.)
  7. Have a favorable security investigation completed.
  8. Meet service specific age requirements.
  9. Must participate in computer matching for the internship through D&D Digital.

2. How are candidates evaluated?
Records are reviewed and evaluated based on:

  1. Undergraduate academic performance
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Demonstrated interest in military service
  4. Leadership potential
  5. Experience in foodservice and/or dietetics
  6. GRE scores
  7. Telephonic interview

3. What is the deadline for the application and when will I be notified if I have been selected?

  1. Apply online using the DICAS application for the fall cycle of DICAS. The application opens July 2020 and closes in November 2020. To learn more about the DICAS application process, visit DICAS.
  2. In addition to submitting an application for the program through DICAS, you must register for the internship matching process with D&D Digital in the spring cycle using the Program Code 316 US Military Dietetic Internship Consortium-Army.
  3. Ensure you select our program as your #1 choice.
  4. Matching results are made available on the D&D Digital website in April. To learn more about D&D Digital, please visit D&D Digital.

4. What are the goals of the program?
The program will:

  1. Enable students to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) upon graduation.
  2. Develop leaders, ready and able to assume the diverse responsibilities as military dietitians in support of the U.S. Army mission.
  3. Prepare graduates who uphold the ethical principles of the U.S. Army and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  4. Promote a learning environment that fosters communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.
  5. Provide an environment dedicated and focused towards research and life-long learning.

5. What is my service obligation to the military?
After completing the 20-month Graduate Program in Nutrition, officers must remain on active duty for an additional 4 years. A total service commitment of 6 years.

6. What costs are associated with the Graduate Program in Nutrition?
The applicants' approximate costs upon acceptance into the program are:

  1. National computer matching cost: $50; however there are no other application or tuition fees, beyond DICAS.
  2. Local transportation costs.
  3. Professional membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - $50
  4. Professional membership in local dietetics affiliation - variable.
  5. Military uniforms cost is variable ($500-$1000).
  6. Social and cultural events - $200
  7. Textbooks, software, and journal subscriptions- $500
  8. Laptop - Variable
Note: You will receive a $1000 book stipend each year of the program that can offset the above costs. There are no costs associated with liability insurance. Healthcare providers in the Department of Defense are not required or encouraged to carry medical liability insurance.

7. What is Computer Matching?
All applicants must register for the internship matching process with D&D Digital in the spring cycle using the Program Code 316 US Military Dietetic Internship Consortium-Army. Ensure you select our program as your #1 choice. Matching results are made available on the D&D Digital website in April. To learn more about D&D Digital, please visit D&D Digital.

8. What kind of rotations will I have during the Internship (phase 2) portion of the Program?

  1. Food Service Rotations: practical experience in food service systems, focusing on quality management, cost containment, customer satisfaction, and systems aspects of food service.
  2. Medical Nutrition Therapy Rotations: practical experience in Medical Nutrition Therapy, developing and implementing nutrition care plans for inpatients with a variety of diagnoses.
  3. Community Nutrition Rotations: practical experience in community nutrition, rotating through a Wellness Center and interacting with dietitians working in community nutrition programs.
  4. Leadership Rotation: practical experience in a leadership role applying managerial principles of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling to a nutrition services department.
  5. Research Rotation: approximately 256 hours in conducting a research project.
  6. Military Skills Rotations: 10 day Joint Field Nutrition Operations course at Camp Bullis, TX. Students live in a field environment and participate in practical experiences that simulate medical field feeding. The course also includes discussion on the role of the dietitian in Stability Operations (domestic and international assistance).

9. Where are the Phase 2 Training/Internship sites located and what are the facilities like?

  1. Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  2. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
  3. Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
  4. Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC

10. What kind of Masters Degree will be awarded?
Upon successful completion of the didactic and research requirements, students will be awarded a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Baylor University.

11. What coursework will be focused on in the Masters Degree portion of the Graduate Program of Nutrition?
The Military-Baylor University Masters Program of Nutrition has several primary focus areas: Nutrition and Performance; Medical Nutrition Therapy; Research; Military Nutrition; and Nutrition in Stability Operations.

12. What kind of physical exam or medical exams will be required to apply to the program?
A physical examination by a military physician must be completed and approved prior to the selection board. Examination results are submitted with the application packet to the selection board. The Recruiter will arrange for this examination at no cost to the applicant at a nearby medical treatment facility, though travel expenses are not reimbursed. The physical exam will include labwork (blood and urine) and can take several hours to complete. Prescreening forms are required to be completed and forwarded to the Recruiter prior to the exam.

13. Does the program participate in DICAS?
Yes! Apply online using the DICAS application for the fall cycle of DICAS. The application opens July 2020 and closes in November 2020. To learn more about the DICAS application process DICAS application process.

14. Is the Air Force accepting applicants to the program?
Currently, the Air Force is not accepting applicants into the Baylor-US Military Graduate Program in Nutrition.

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