Application process

Timelines and deadlines

The ISU DI accepts applications using the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) for both the spring and fall match. The most concise list is on the D&D Digital page, but you can also find these dates on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website as well as the DICAS Portal.

ISU DI internship cohorts begin each year in January and June. If your graduation date is after the start of the upcoming internship class, you are not eligible for the current class, but may apply to the next class session. For example: If your graduation date is June 15 and the internship begins June 6, you are not eligible for the June class, but can apply for the following January class.

Applicant responsibilities

Visit the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) and Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) webpages for information about your responsibilities as the ISU DI program applicant:

Admission requirements

  • Minimum Bachelor of Science (BS) degree
  • Valid DPD Verification Statement.
    • If your DPD verification statement is more than five years old, you may need to meet additional requirement. See Recency of Education below.
  • Overall GPA ≥ 2.8 (4.0 scale)
  • DPD GPA ≥ 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • GRE not required
  • TOEFL/IELTS: All “non-native English speakers” who do not have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally-accredited college or university are required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. The ISU Graduate Admissions Office determines if a TOEFL/IELTS score is required.

Recency of education

You must have successfully completed coursework in diet therapy and advanced nutrition, or show evidence of clinical practice within the past five years.

If additional coursework is required to meet “recency of education” requirements, you and the DI director will discuss and determine the exact requirements. Typically, this requirement is specific for MNT-related coursework such as Medical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Assessment. Completing the recommended requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the ISU DI program.

International students

All international students must have a completed degree from a US regionally-accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and present documentation of the equivalence of your foreign degree(s).  In addition, all applicants must have a verification statement issued by an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at a US regionally-accredited college or university.

F-1 students: If you have an F-1 Visa, OPT (Optional Practical Training) may make it possible for you complete the ISU DI. Contact the international student office at your current institutions for more information. The ISU international student office is not obligated to assist you unless you are currently an ISU student or until you are enrolled at ISU after matching to our program.