Nutrition

We all know that good nutrition plays a vital role in our health. And while we have choices when it comes to eating, it is important to know the right kinds of food to eat as well as the impact of your nutritional choices. Dietitians can help you understand the impact a healthy diet plays on your overall health and get back to being a healthier you.

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Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85724
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Comprehensive Nutrition Services

Comprehensive nutrition services are available to people of all ages through Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Our registered dietitians and support staff provide guidance, education and encouragement to help you achieve your goals, address special dietary restrictions and improve you and your family's overall health and nutrition.

 Our outpatient nutrition counseling program can address concerns such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity

Pregnant and lactating women, people with food allergies, athletes, those interested in improving their general health and well-being, and many others can benefit from participating in the program.

If you or someone you care for could benefit from meeting with a registered dietitian, a physician referral is needed prior to scheduling an appointment. Once the referral is obtained, have your physician fax the referral to (520) 694-2447. After the referral has been faxed, please call to schedule an appointment. Please also contact your insurance provider in advance to check if this is a covered benefit; if not, a self-payment option is available.

Academic Medicine Difference

The partnership between Banner Health and the University of Arizona brings clinical care delivery, education and research to the forefront of the patient experience. 

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Dietetic Internship

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (BUMCT) Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400, www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND through 2024. Further information on the education process and requirements is found at the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) website.

The path to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist requires three steps:

  • Complete a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Complete an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, such as Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, community agency or food service corporation.
  • Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR www.cdrnet.org).
  • Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
  • If applicable, comply with state certification and licensure requirements

The BUMCT Dietetic internship is a full-time program with a medical nutrition therapy concentration that began in 1969. Our academic medical center supports the clinical nutrition therapy emphasis of our program. Our registered dietitian clinical preceptors have expertise in the areas of organ transplantation, artificial heart device, cystic fibrosis, neonatal/pediatric nutrition, critical care, oncology, diabetes, renal disease/dialysis and specialized nutrition support. Our food and nutrition service management preceptors are experienced chefs, directors and managers. Our food services include patient tray services, a cafeteria serving an average of 3,000 customers daily and satellite coffee/specialty food areas. Community nutrition rotations are scheduled for our interns with a variety of experiences and facilities in the Tucson and Phoenix area. Please review the Applicant Guide and the Dietetic Internship Program Handbook and contact the Internship Director with any questions. We are accredited for 8 Interns, but currently are accepting 4 interns per year. 

Dietetic Internship Program Mission Statement
The mission of the BUMCT Dietetic Internship is to provide cutting edge experiences for dietetic interns to become competent, entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who practice collaborative, evidence-based nutrition therapy. 

Program Details

Goal one: Prepare graduates who have met the entry requirements as defined by ACEND in order to become competent entry level registered dietitian nutritionists. 

Goal two: Prepare graduates to be progressive, cutting-edge Medical Nutrition therapy providers who effectively assess and treat specialized patient populations, particularly in the acute care setting. 

  • Information about our program objectives to meet our goals, program schedules, application and completion requirements, and costs to interns, is found in our Applicant Guide and the Dietetic Internship Program Handbook.
  • Scholarship applications can be electronically downloaded from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Banner – University Medical Center Tucson Dietetic Internship program does not qualify for federal student loans.
  • We participate in the on-line centralized internship application (DICAS) for the SPRING match.
  • Link to DICAS: portal.dicas.org
  • Email: DICASinfo@DICAS.org
  • Our program outcome data is available upon request. 

Please review the Applicant Guide and the Dietetic Internship Program Handbook. If you have any questions, please contact the Internship Director at (520) 694-0364. 

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