The Department of Nutrition offers a Dietetic Internship which provides the required supervised practice hours (minimum 1,200) to fulfill the experiential requirements to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians and earn the Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) credential.
The program is currently granted Candidacy for Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400.
The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to prepare culturally diverse and competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to serve varied populations within urban settings through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
The program aims to produce Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who:
- provide quality service that is culturally sensitive and based on customer expectations and needs
- serve the profession and urban communities
- engage in lifelong learning
Applications are typically due mid-Feburary each year. For information regarding the application process and deadlines, please see the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship website: https://www.msudenver.edu/nutrition/graduateprograms/dieteticinternship/.
Admission Requirements and Application Process
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
There is a $50 application fee for MSU Denver. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status. Please refer to the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship program website pages for information about program details, requirements and application process at: https://www.msudenver.edu/nutrition/graduateprograms/dieteticinternship/
After a student is accepted into the Dietetic Internship program, they must submit a graduate application to MSU Denver. Students must also submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (transcripts from MSU Denver are not required). Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the previous colleges/universities in a signed, sealed envelope. Institutions may also send official electronic transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. The dietetic internship program director also must receive copies of the official transcript mailed or electronically sent directly from the college or university in which the highest degree was conferred.
The MSU Denver Dietetic Internship does not accept transfer students or transfer credits.
Prior Learning Assessment
No credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.
Students not enrolled for three (3) consecutive semesters, including summer, must reapply to the University. Students requesting readmission must be in good academic standing and must submit their application for readmission to the program in which they have been enrolled.
Financial aid may be available for graduate students. Visit https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/graduate/.
Academic Standing Policies
All students accepted into the program must adhere with the following academic policies: Students must complete the required coursework with a Satisfactory (S) notation each time the course is taken. No notation lower than a Satisfactory (S) counts toward completion of the internship. Students receiving an Unsatisfactory (U) notation will be required to repeat the internship rotation in which the "U" was earned. Students may enroll in no more than 15 credits per semester for fall and spring semesters without departmental approval. The maximum load for a two-week Winterim or Maymester term is 3 semester hours, excluding short-term study abroad courses. No course may count toward both a graduate certificate and a bachelor's degree. Students must complete the internship within two (2) calendar years from their initial enrollment term.
Please refer to the MSU Denver Dietetic Internship program website for information about program-specific policies and procedures at: https://www.msudenver.edu/nutrition/graduateprograms/dieteticinternship/.