Department of Nutrition
Dietetic Internship Program
Providing a Thorough Foundation in Nutrition Practice
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 Human Nutrition at Dietetics (MS in HND) at MSU Denver, but are not required to enroll in the MS in HND program.
The following rotations are included in the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship:
- 15 weeks of clinical nutrition: 6 weeks of MNT in a hospital, working with lower-acuity patients; 7 weeks of MNT in a hospital, working with higher acuity patients; 2 weeks in a long-term care facility.
- 15 weeks of community nutrition: 7 weeks in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); 8 weeks working in a community health nutrition/food insecurity facility.
- 6 weeks of food systems management: most interns will work within a school system on various management and child-nutrition projects, including farm-to-table programs.
- 2 weeks of an "elective" rotation: interns will work in coordination with the internship director to select an area of interest related to urban nutrition.
- Skills Development Seminar: Every other Monday all interns will come together at MSU Denver for a skills development seminar (Monday seminar). The purpose of Monday seminar is for interns to gain knowledge and skills related to competencies, hear presentations, give presentations related to their rotations, go on field trips, and study for the RDN exam. Monday seminar will also provide the opportunity for interns to check-in with the internship director, and to connect with and support each other.
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. 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.
The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 1-312-899-0040 extension 5400. Program outcome data is available upon request by contacting the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship Program Director (click on Contact Us).
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
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.
A new program that has been determined to be eligible to enroll students or accepting interns as the result of an on-site evaluation visit, but has not had a graduating class may be granted candidate status. The granting of candidate status denotes a developmental program, which is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Reasonable assurances are expected to be provided that the program may become accredited as programmatic experiences are gained, generally, by the time the first class has graduated. Graduates of a class designated as having candidate status have the same rights and privileges as graduates of an accredited program.