May 27, 2020  

Graduate Certificate in Nutrition & Dietetics (Dietetic Internship)

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Program Description

The Andrews University Internship Program of Nutrition and Dietetics is a post-baccalaureate, supervised practice program that qualifies graduates to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Dietetic Interns enroll in a full-time program requiring 40 hours of participation per week for 32 weeks. The program goals reflect the major points of our philosophy: quality instruction with broad-based training concurrent with ongoing supervision, feedback, and evaluation.

Certificate Requirements - 12

The program is comprised of a three-day orientation at Andrews University as well as, 5 months of clinical nutrition, 2 months of foodservice management, and 1 month of community nutrition at the internship site. Each rotation contains a series of competencies, objectives, activities, and assignments that must be completed in order to receive credit for the hours completed. Formal evaluations will be received by each intern at the end of each rotation, and will indicate whether or not the intern has successfully completed the competencies and objectives for that particular rotation. All interns will complete at least 1200 supervised practice hours during the 32-week period. Weekly reports completed by interns are sent to the program director to monitor intern progress and compliance with all policies. Intern progress will be evaluated by the preceptors following each rotation and there will be a formal evaluation between the intern and site coordinator at midterm and again at the end of the program.

Registration Examination Eligibility

At the successful completion of all program requirements, interns are eligible for a verification statement and allowed to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Admission Requirements

Students who have succesfully completed a B.S. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics can apply to a supervised practice, hands-on experience in the Internship program. The internship enables the student to be eligible to take the Registration Exam for Dietitians to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The internship is an 8-month supervised practice program that is conducted at an affiliated hospital. Students must apply to the internship online through DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System) and register for internship matching with D&D Digital (

Additional Information


The Internship Program at Andrews University is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400.

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