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About Dietetic Internship Certificate

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. After completion of this certificate, students are eligible to sit for the national registered dietitian examination.

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Students who are interested in obtaining the certificate do not apply through the University's admission office. Instead, students should contact the Dietetic Internship Program and follow the "application process" directions found the USU Dietetic Internship website.

To be eligible for the certificate program, applicants must:

  1. Be a senior in or graduate of a bachelor's or master's degree.
  2. Have obtained or nearing completion of a DPD verification statement which confirms their completion of the required didactic dietetics coursework from an accredited nutrition/dietetics program.
  3. Have a minimum DPD GPA of 3.0, and no D grades.
  4. Have 400+ dietetics-related volunteer or work experience.

Completion of this certificate and previous completion of the didactic dietetics coursework permits students to sit for the national registration dietitian examination and to become a registered dietitian.  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 and programs
  • Wellness programs
  • Research
  • Private practice

Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

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