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About The Dietetic Internship Program

Program Completion & Graduation Requirements

Completion of the internship program requires the successful completion of each competency. If additional learning experiences are necessary to complete all competencies, then we will allow the intern up to 16 months from the start of the program to complete all areas of deficiency. To successfully complete the program and be eligible to sit for the RD exam, the dietetic intern must:

  • Successfully complete each supervised practice rotation competency with a minimum acceptable rating of a 2 or above.

  • Achieve an 80% or “B” average or better on all assignments, projects, and final evaluations.

  • Submit all required documentation requested by the DI Director.

  • Complete a graduate degree within 12 months of finishing the supervised practice rotations. 

After the successful completion of our program and attainment of a graduate degree, the intern will receive a Verification Statement and Certificate of Completion in Nutrition and Leadership and is eligible to sit for the RD Exam through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The MCH Dietetic Internship Program does not offer international experiences.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DI/ISPP program at MCH are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."

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