Application Process

The UMHHC Dietetic Internship meets the second of the required steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD). These steps are:

  1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Complete an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies.
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.
  4. Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

For more information about becoming a Registered Dietitian, please visit this website: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr. Prior to applying for the internship, applicants must have completed the first required step.

The UMHHC Dietetic Internship participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS), which requires an application through the centralized application portal. More information can be found at the DICAS website portal.dicas.org. Please follow the DICAS guidelines for submitting your application, which must be received by DICAS no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on February 15, 2017.

Applicants must have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) within three years of application. Individuals who completed DPD programs three to five years prior to application should provide documentation of at least six (6) credits of advanced coursework in pathophysiology, biochemistry, medical nutrition therapy, and/or clinical nutrition, completed within the last five years. Applicants who completed DPD programs more than five years prior should consult with the Dietetic Internship Director.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has approved two areas of concentration: clinical nutrition (8 positions) and pediatric clinical nutrition (8 positions). Applicants may apply to one or both concentrations; applicants are reminded to enter the accompanying code(s) for the desired concentration(s). Applicants applying for both concentrations have the option of a) writing one personal statement for both concentrations, or b) writing a personal statement for each concentration, placing the second personal statement in the supplemental materials section.

The personal statement must follow DICAS guidelines and should address the following:

Payment for applications for 2017-18 are now closed.