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Dietetic Internship FAQs

Yes, financial aid is available to interns participating in the Dietetic Internship. Interns should contact the MSU Denver Financial Aid Office. 

Interns enrolled in the Dietetic Internship must abide by all professional standards and polices outlined within the Dietetic Internship Handbook. In addition, interns must pass drug screening and criminal background checks. The program has a zero tolerance for all illegal drugs, including marijuana, even though recreational marijuana is considered legal in Colorado. Random drug screenings may be requested by the Dietetic Internship director or preceptors. More information can be found in the Dietetic Internship handbook.

MSU Denver requires that all incoming interns have:

  • measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine or evidence of titers
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine or evidence of titers
  • Tdap vaccine/booster within the past 10 years
  • varicella vaccinations or positive antibody titer
  • TB test (Mantoux)
  • flu shot

More information can be found within the Dietetic Internship handbook.

Students with a prior Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement can complete the DI and MS in HND 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 MS in HND 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 MS in HND program here at MSU Denver. However, it is not required that DI students complete the MS in HND program. These programs can be completed separately. DI students can participate in only the DI or both the DI and MS programs.

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