Dietetic Internship Program
About the Program
The Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences offers a graduate Dietetics Internship (DI) program. The internship can be completed with the M.S. in Exercise Physiology (sports nutrition major) or M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science. Specializations are available in either clinical nutrition or sports nutrition, depending on the degree which is sought.
Successfully completing an accredited dietetics internship is required in order to take the examination for the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential with the Commission for Dietetics Registration.
To become a Registered Dietitian (RD)
For a student to become a credentialed RD, they must:
- Earn a bachelor’s degree with coursework or satisfactorily complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Complete an ACEND accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship (DI).
- Pass the national registration examination for dietitians.
A license to practice dietetics in the State of Florida is required by law and is regulated by the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida State Department of Health.
Graduate Program Overview
Graduates of the FSU Dietetic Internship Program are competent professionals who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to education, professional growth and provide outstanding service to their employers, profession, and community.
The combined master of science + dietetic internship (MS-DI) prepares dietetic practitioners in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, sports nutrition, food service management and community nutrition. The master’s degree and internship are usually completed in two years. The comprehensive examination for non-thesis MS students, Ph.D. preliminary examination or thesis defense must be passed before verification of completion of the internship can be completed. After completion of the DI program, the graduate will receive a verification of completion statement and will be eligible to sit for the RD examination.
- Applicants must have completed or been in the process of completing an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
- Applicants must be accepted into one of the MS programs in the department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences at Florida State University – you can apply through the FSU Admissions website.
- Additional information about the application process for the internship can be found on the page for prospective dietetic internship students.
The mission of the Florida State University’s Internship in Dietetics which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is to provide a post-baccalaureate route for students to complete the experiential requirements needed to write the national registry examination for certification as registered dietitians (RD’s). The program is designed for the preparation of entry-level registered dietitians through supervised practice in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition and food service systems management to enhance their understanding of, and ability to apply principles of nutrition science and dietetics beyond the baccalaureate or DPD level.
The mission of the Internship in Dietetics is consistent with the mission of the University, which is to serve as a center for advanced graduate and professional studies. It is also consistent with the mission of the College of Human Sciences and the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences which is to enhance the well being of individuals and families through educational activities focused on research, health, the environment and technology. The philosophy of the program is to prepare graduate students who desire advanced academic and professional training to meet the need for registered dietitians, and to become professionals who can seek innovative solutions to the challenges of contemporary society.
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 MS-DI program at FSU are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
The Florida State University DI Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
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