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 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 registration examination for the RD or RDN credential

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.

Upon completion of the dietetic internship program the interns will meet the Core Competencies for the RD/RDN as identified in the 2017 Standards for Nutrition Dietetics Internship Programs as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of 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, 312/899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend.