Dietetic Internship Certificate Program

Gain practical experience while you prepare to become a Registered Dietitian

The Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate is a specialized credential for dietetic professionals.

USJ’s Department of Nutrition and Public Health offers a Dietetic Internship (DI), which is a graduate certificate program. This program is open to students with a B.S. in Nutrition who meet ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) requirements.

Upon completion of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in clinical nutrition, community nutrition and food service management, graduates will receive a verification of completion and are eligible to take the registration examination to become a registered dietitian (R.D.).

The DI program is currently granted continued accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) which is the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dietetic Internship Open House: November 7, 2020 1:00-3:00 via Blackboard Collaborate at this link:

or dial in at : 1-571-392-7650

PIN: 137495947

Sample Calendar

Fall Semester

  • One week orientation
  • Class-day seminars every other week
  • 15 weeks variety of clinical experiences

Spring Semester

  • Three days early spring orientation
  • Class-day seminars every other week
  • Four weeks food service management
  • Two weeks school nutrition
  • Nine weeks of community and enrichment
  • Optional Sports Nutrition rotation

Program Notes

  • The DI program is affiliated with many supervised practicum facilities throughout Connecticut, with some opportunities in Southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Eastern New York.
  • Dietetic interns are required to have a valid driver’s license and have their own reliable transportation.
  • Dietetic interns receive nine graduate credits toward an online Masters of Nutrition at USJ after successful completion of the internship.
  • Once admitted to the DI, the intern has the option of completing the MS in Nutrition with or without a concentration in Sports Nutrition concurrently during the internship program.

Application Procedure

Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement
  • An average GPA of 3.0
  • As of January 1, 2024, a Master’s degree will be required to sit for the Credentialing exam for Registered Dietitians.

“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: 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 the University of Saint Joseph 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.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship Program are granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the sole accrediting agency for nutrition and dietetics education.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 312.899.5400 or 800.877.1600 ext. 5400

Program Misson

The mission of the University of Saint Joseph Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare dietetic interns to become competent entry-level registered dietitians. The program is composed of dietetic interns, university faculty, administrators, staff, and facility professionals, working in concert to accomplish this goal. The program aims to allow dietetic interns to discover and strive to achieve their full potential, both personally and professionally.

Goals & Objectives

Goal 1 – To prepare graduates for successful entry into the field of dietetics.

  • Objective 1: At least 80% of program interns will complete the program in 13.5 months.
  • Objective 2: Of graduates who seek employment 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields with 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 3: 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  • Objective 4: The program’s one –year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80%.
  • Objective 5: 60% of program graduates will become registered dietitians/nutritionists and active members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Goal 2 – To prepare graduates to successfully meet the employment requirements of the entry level registered dietitian.

  • Objective 1: When the USJ Dietetic Internship Graduate employers are surveyed, the mean rating that employers will give the program graduates in their employ will be ≥ 3 (on a 5 point likert scale: 1 lowest rating, 5 highest rating) a “satisfactory’ rating on surveys.
  • Objective 2: When USJ dietetic internship alumna are surveyed, they will rate preparation for entry level employment at ≥ 80% “strongly agree”.

Program outcomes are available on request: Email the Director of the Dietetic Internship: Michelle MacKenzie

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