Dietetic Internship Program

In order to become a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist an individual must complete a three step process:

  • Complete the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) academic requirements plus obtain the minimum of a Bachelor's degree
  • Complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (i.e. Dietetic Internship Program)
  • Obtain a passing score on the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination for the RD or RDN credential
  • Follow state laws that regulate the practice of dietetics (laws that regulate dietitians/nutritionists can be found at https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/Licensurelawsregulations.pdf).

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a 12 month Dietetic Internship Program with an opportunity to earn graduate credit. The program prepares interns for entry-level positions in the dietetic profession by providing learning experiences in management, community nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. The program offers a concentration area in Community Health/Nutrition Education Outreach and accepts eight interns.

Upon completion of the dietetic internship program, interns will meet the Core Competencies for the RD/RDN as identified in the 2017 Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Programs as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Upon successful completion of the internship program, interns are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to take the registration examination.  Upon successfully passing the RD registration exam, individuals will also be eligible to obtain the Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist credential in the state of Nebraska.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted 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, IL 60606-6995,  1-800-877-1600, Ext. 5400. (website www.eatrightpro.org/acend )  ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

Mission & Goals

The mission of the Dietetic Internship Program is to produce a competent graduate with an integrated theoretical and practical education who can utilize critical thinking and analytical skills to perform successfully as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist. The Dietetic Internship Program will assist in meeting the need for registered dietitian nutritionists in both rural and urban areas in Nebraska and beyond its borders. The program will also contribute to the number of dietitians who have obtained master’s degrees.

Program Goals

Goal #1
The program will prepare graduates who are competent for an entry-level position as a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Program objectives to measure achievement of goal #1:

 At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 18 months (150% of the program length).

 One-hundred percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.

 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 nutritionists is at least 80%.

 At least 80% of program graduates over a three-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist on their first attempt.

A minimum of ninety percent of employers of program graduates responding to the survey will rate knowledge and preparedness for entry-level dietetics practice as adequate.

Goal #2
The program will prepare graduates who will assist in meeting the need for registered dietitian nutritionists in both rural and urban areas of Nebraska and will contribute to the number of dietetic professionals with graduate degrees.

Program objectives to measure achievement of goal #2:

Of graduates who seek employment, 90 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within twelve months of graduation.

Of graduates who seek employment in nutrition and dietetics or related fields, 80% will be employed in rural or urban areas of Nebraska.

Over a five-year period, 90% or more of the dietetic internship graduates will complete their Masters degree within five years of entering the DI.

Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives are available upon request from the program director.  Contact information:

Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RDN
Assistant Professor
Director, Dietetic Internship Program
104H Leverton Hall
Department of Nutrition and Health  Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0806
heather.rasmussen@unl.edu
402-472-1373