MSU Denver

About this Program

The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship is committed to preparing you for a successful career in the field of nutrition. The program 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 33-week program divided into rotations shown below and provides more than the minimum required 1,000 hours of supervised practice. The program starts in mid-August and runs through early May. The rotation schedule varies by intern to accommodate all rotations across interns. In addition to the internship rotations, a Skill Development Seminar convenes every other Monday throughout the internship.

Students enrolled in the MSU Denver 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.

Mission and Goals

Internship Rotations

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Recruitment and Admission Information

MSU Denver’s Dietetic Internship program values diversity. Our definition of diversity recognizes and respects dietetic intern and applicant differences in culture, ethnicity, age, gender, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, politics, and socioeconomic characteristics. Throughout the recruitment and admissions process, we will employ every means to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity and expression, age or status, such as Vietnam-era or disabled veteran. In accordance with the university, MSU Denver’s Dietetic Internship complies with all federal laws, executive orders and regulations regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity, as well as all civil rights laws of the state of Colorado.

All prospective interns are encouraged to apply to the program.

Admission Requirements

Program acceptance requires the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited university
  • minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework
  • DPD verification statement

Holistic Review Process

The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship values diversity and uses a holistic review process when reviewing and selecting qualified applicants. Holistic review is defined as a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, academic metrics, and how the individual might contribute to the profession. The Dietetic Internship Selection Committee members themselves come from diverse backgrounds and participate in annual diversity, equity and inclusion training.

All applications submitted through DICAS that are complete and meet the admission criteria and/or viewed as competitive will be reviewed by the Dietetic Internship director and Selection Committee and ranked according to standardized criteria. Balanced consideration is given to: experiences, personal attributes, academic metrics, and the applicant’s potential contribution to the profession of nutrition and dietetics.

Top applicants will be contacted for face-to-face or remote (via video conferencing) interviews. The interviews are an opportunity for applicants to share additional information about their qualifications, demonstrate their critical thinking skills, and learn more about the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship.  Applicants also complete a timed writing exercise at the conclusion of the interview. After thorough discussions of competitive applicants, the Applicant Review Committee will rank candidates for the matching process.

Dietetic Internship Application

Program Completion and Graduation Requirements

  • Dietetic interns must successfully complete all rotation, assignment, attendance and behavior requirements and must follow all policies and procedures associated with the internship to graduate from the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship. This includes earning a “Satisfactory” rating from preceptors on all rotation learning activities/projects associated with the ACEND-required competencies. All graduation requirements must be completed within 33 weeks, excluding situations of an approved leave of absence.
  • If the intern successfully completes the program, the internship director will provide the intern with a signed Verification Statement at the conclusion of the last day of the internship. The internship director will enter interns into the Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) as eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists. This will enable graduates to take the registration examination.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition and Estimated Fees

The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship has the following program costs.

  • $15,821 for in-state tuition ($14,400) and fees ($1,421)
  • $18,437 for out-of-state tuition ($17,016) and fees ($1,421)
  • $250 for books and supplies

The above includes costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. This information is subject to change.

Note: Some meals may be provided during rotations.

Other Costs for the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship Program

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership (required): $50
  • Professional liability insurance (purchase through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics): $50
  • Professional meetings: $150
  • Housing: $7,000 – $10,000
  • Health insurance: Interns must provide proof of insurance.
  • Transportation:
    • Interns will be expected to drive to and from sites or use public transportation on a daily basis. A car, auto insurance and gas must be provided by the intern.
  • Compliance management services to manage background checks, drug screen and immunizations records: $130

Note: Due to the demands of this full time program, it is strongly recommended that you do not work during the internship.

Financial Aid Information

You may be eligible to receive financial aid loans for the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship.  Please contact the MSU Denver Financial Aid Office to learn more about financial aid at: https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/graduate/.

If you are accepted into the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship, prior to completing the FAFSA application please contact the program director to get instructions for completing specific parts of the application.

Loan Deferment

MSU Denver dietetic interns should inquire about loan deferment with the lending institution for their specific loans.

Dietetic Internship Policy and Procedure Manual

Steps to Become an RDN

Steps

  1. Complete an ACEND accredited DPD program and obtain a bachelor’s degree***
  2. Apply for and complete an ACEND accredited program
    • Dietetic Internship or
    • Individual Supervised Practice Pathway
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship meets the supervised practice experience required to take the Commission on Dietetics Registration’s Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Requirement Update

***Effective January 1, 2024, the CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Start Planning for your future!

Spring match of 2022 may be the last time undergraduate students can become RDNs without also obtaining a master’s degree. Please see an advisor for more information on how to successfully prepare for the new requirements.

Licensure

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.

Program Outcomes

Program outcome data is available upon request by contacting the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship Program Director, Michelle Harris.

Dietetic Internship FAQs

Accreditation

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MSU Denver’s Dietetic Internship Program
is accredited 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, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400
http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND.

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Department of Nutrition

Phone:
303-615-0990

Office Location:
West Classroom 240

Office Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
Campus Box 33N
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362