The mission of the OSU Department of Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship Program
is to advance health and quality of life of individuals and communities by preparing
entry-level registered dietitians for competent practice through education, discovery
and application of scientific knowledge. We are a combined program, which means students
earn a master’s degree while completing their internship.
Our program has been granted accreditation 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, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400, until 2028 to accept up to 24 interns
*Please note that program outcomes data are available upon request.
Application to the OSU Dietetic Internship Program is a four-part process, which includes
completing an application using the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System
(DICAS) and being accepted to an approved master’s degree program.
Upon successful completion of both the master’s degree and 1000 hours (temporary COVID
requirement, normally 1200 hours) of supervised practice required by the Dietetic
Internship, interns are eligible to sit for the examination to become a registered
dietitian nutritionist (RDN), which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic
Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Once registered, the
individuals eligible to apply for licensure in their practice state, if applicable.
For complete application information, including summary of application requirements
and checklist, click here. The application fee can be paid online here.
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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. 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 [program
type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited
supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.
For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.