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Dietetic Internship Certificate: Cert

Dietetic Internship Certificate

The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a graduate certificate program that provides the required supervised practice experience for students that have completed the necessary didactic dietetics coursework and have a desire to be become a Registered Dietitian. Dietetic interns complete 31 weeks of supervised practice and concurrent graduate online courses in clinical, community, and foodservice management with a program emphasis in Child Nutrition Programs and School Food Service Systems Management. After completion of this certificate, students are eligible to sit for the national registered dietitian examination.

Federal Gainful Employment Information.

Completion of this certificate and previous completion of the didactic dietetics coursework permits students to sit for the national registration dietitian examination and to become a registered dietitian.  A Registered Dietitian is a highly-qualified health professional, recognized as an expert on food and nutrition. Dietitians are employed in a variety of settings and work in management or as clinicians in:

  • Healthcare institutions
  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Industry
  • Home health agencies
  • Government-funded agencies and programs
  • Wellness programs
  • Research
  • Private practice

Admissions Requirements

Students who are interested in obtaining the certificate do not apply through the University’s admission office. Instead, students should contact the Dietetic Internship Program and follow the “application process” directions found the USU Dietetic Internship website.

To be eligible for the certificate program, applicants must:

1.       Be a senior in or graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

2.       Have obtained or nearing completion of a DPD verification statement which confirms their completion of the required didactic dietetics coursework from an accredited nutrition/dietetics program.

3.       Have a minimum GPA of 2.7, with a minimum DPD GPA of 3.0, and no D grades.

4.       Have 1040+ dietetics-related volunteer or work experience.

Admissions Deadlines

Applications deadlines for the program:

  1. Mid-January for Pre-Select Application (only available to past and current USU undergraduate dietetics students)
  2. February 15 for the national Computer-Matching Application

Jennifer Oler, MS, Nutrition, Brigham Young University
Dietetic Internship Director
Area: Clinical Nutrition, Dietetic Education
Office: USU SLC 550
Phone: 385-646-5570

Lacie Peterson, MS, Nutrition, University of Utah
Dietetic Internship Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Diabetes
Office: USU SLC
Phone: 385-646-5570

Nicole Vance, MS, Nutrition, University of Utah
Dietetic Internship Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
Area: Child Nutrition, School Food Service Management
Office: USU SLC
Phone: 385-646-5570

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: UAND is a recognized affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Its membership consists of Utah nutrition professionals who are dedicated to promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.


Nicole Vance
Dietetic Internship Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: USU SLC
Phone: 385-646-5570

- Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences Department

- College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

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