College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences
The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a graduate certificate program that provides the required supervised practice experience for students that have completed the necessary didactic dietetics coursework and have a desire to be become a Registered Dietitian. Dietetic interns complete 31 weeks of supervised practice and concurrent graduate online courses in clinical, community, and foodservice management with a program emphasis in Child Nutrition Programs and School Food Service Systems Management. All Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) internship hours that are waived will be noted on the transcript. The completion of the practice hours and online courses results in a total of 26 graduate credits. These credits can later be used towards obtaining the Master of Dietetics Administration (MDA) degree. On completion of the internship, the students are awarded a graduate certificate recognizing their completion of the graduate coursework and are eligible to sit for the national registered dietitian examination.
A Registered Dietitian is a highly-qualified health professional, recognized as an expert on food and nutrition. Dietitians are employed in a variety of settings and work in management or as clinicians in: healthcare institutions, schools, universities, industry, home health agencies, government-funded agencies, wellness programs, research and so forth.
Dietetic Internship Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission must meet the minimum selection criteria and satisfy the admissions requirements for the DI program. This includes participating in the DICAS online centralized dietetic internship application and D&D Digital Dietetic Internship Matching service.