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The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship is committed to preparing you for a successful career in the field of nutrition. The program’s focus is Urban Nutrition, and provides a thorough foundation in several domains of nutrition practice working with culturally-diverse populations in a variety of urban settings: medical nutrition therapy (MNT) and the nutrition care process (NCP), community health nutrition and food-security, nutrition education and counseling, and food systems management. The program builds knowledge and skills needed to become a competent nutrition professional, including presentation, communication, and writing skills. The program values diversity and provides opportunities to meet individual needs and interests.
The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship is a 42-week program which starts in late July/early August and runs through mid/late May. The program provides more than the required minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experiences (rotations) at different organizations throughout the Denver-metropolitan area. Students enrolled in the Dietetic Internship program have the option of completing the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) at MSU Denver, but are not required to enroll in the MSND program.
The following rotations are included in the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship:
The Metropolitan State University of Denver Internship Program has been selected by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as the recipient of the Academy’s 2021 D&I Action Award. This $1,000 award goes annually to an educational institution, Academy affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist requires the following: a bachelor’s degree, completion of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice experience, and passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship meets the supervised practice experience required to take the Commission on Dietetics Registration’s Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship meets the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics’ (ACEND) Accreditation Standards, including core competencies for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and provides a concentration in Urban Nutrition.
If you plan to become an RDN without obtaining a master’s degree, please see an advisor. Spring match of 2022 may be the last time undergraduate students can become RDNs without also obtaining a master’s degree.
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 MSU Denver 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. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics licensure and certification laws. Colorado does not require licensure. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
To be eligible to apply to the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship, applicants must have successfully completed an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants also need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a US regionally-accredited college or university or a foreign equivalent. For more specifics, please see the Admission Requirements section of this website.
Program outcome data is available upon request by contacting the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship Program Director.
Yes, financial aid is available to interns participating in the Dietetic Internship. Interns should contact the MSU Denver Financial Aid Office. https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/
MSU Denver requires that all incoming interns have:
More information can be found within the Dietetic Internship Policy and Procedure Manual.
Students with a prior Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement can complete the DI and MSND programs at the same time. You are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss completing both programs concurrently.
For students without a prior DPD verification statement who are pursuing the MSND program with the DPD option, you cannot complete the DI and MS program at the same time. Students in the MS + DPD program can apply to dietetic internships during the last semester of their studies.
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No, you do not. Dietetic Internship students have the option of applying for and completing the MSND program here at MSU Denver. However, it is not required that DI students complete the MSND program. These programs can be completed separately. DI students can participate in only the DI or both the DI and MS programs.
MSU Denver’s Dietetic Internship Program
has been granted
candidate status by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and dietetics
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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