Welcome to the Dietetic Internship
Our accredited distance dietetic internship is an accelerated 6-month Graduate Certificate program that allows you to complete your rotations in Iowa or nationwide, plus you have options for international rotations.
In our program, you gain the traditional experience in community nutrition, management, and medical nutrition therapy, with an emphasis on fostering health promotion through the use of technology in diverse settings. We are a Champion Site for the Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems curriculum.
Please note that 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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.
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 Dietetic Internship program at Iowa State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University is excited about a new graduate degree program to train future RDNs coming in Fall 2021. Learn more about it here.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN at Iowa State University click here.
More than 95% of interns successfully complete our program.
Of the interns who responded to a yearly survey, 99% had found employment within 12 months of completion.
Our interns have a 90% pass rate for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The Iowa State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)
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