INTERNSHIP PREPARED HER FOR CAREER IN DIETETICS: Lauren Srdoch feels prepared for her future in dietetics after following her IUP bachelor’s degree with the department’s graduate-level dietetics internship.
Accomplish the next step toward becoming a registered dietitian: complete the one-year IUP Dietetic Internship Certificate Program while earning 18 graduate credits.
This certificate program is open to students who have a bachelor's degree and a verification statement from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The IUP dietetic
internship is accredited to admit 12 interns.
The dietetic internship provides students with practice skills in nutrition education, nutrition intervention, clinical nutrition, and management (food service and community).
After completing the internship certificate program, you may apply to the online MS in Food and Nutrition program. This program
is 100 percent online and can be completed from any location. For those interested, the Department of Food and Nutrition takes applications (in the spring) for graduate assistantships. Students who are accepted into an assistantship position are required
to be on campus.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides complete information about the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
(RDN) and lists all of the accredited programs that exist. The following criteria must be met to earn the RDN credential:
The IUP Food and Nutrition Dietetic Internship is a supervised practice program that is accredited by ACEND.
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 Dietetic Internship Certificate program at
Indiana University of Pennsylvania are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam prior to become an RDN. 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.
Many interns elect to complete the remaining MS degree requirements immediately following the dietetic internship certificate program. The IUP dietetic internship includes 18 graduate credits, of which 15 may be applied to your MS degree. Thirty six credits
are required for the completion of the Master of Science in Food and Nutrition.
Our program features three rotations which provide diverse supervised practice experiences.
Successful candidates must meet the following requirements in order to be considered as a candidate for a dietetic internship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dietetic internship appointments are awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, or military service. Marital status, age, and geographic area of the applicant are not considered.
See Admissions Requirements and How to Apply for more information.
The purpose of the Dietetic Internship is to educate interns to achieve a successful career in the field of dietetics. The program director, faculty, and site supervisors work with each intern to ensure successful completion of the program. Nevertheless,
it is the full responsibility of each intern to satisfactorily complete the program, as described on this website. Successful completion of the program ensures that interns will receive a Verification Statement, which is required to take the national registration exam.
For a full description of policies and procedures, review the Dietetic Internship Certificate Handbook.
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Dietetic Internship Certificate Program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics until December 31, 2021.
The next Accreditation Review is scheduled for the fall of 2020.
ACEND may be contacted at:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics120 South Riverside PlazaSuite 2190Chicago,
Phone: 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400; 312-899-0040, ext. 5400
For additional information regarding the Dietetic Internship Certificate Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please contact:
Jodie Seybold, MS, RDN, LDN Dietetic Internship Director 911 South Drive Ackerman 102 Indiana, PA 15705 724-357-4440
MS Food and Nutrition Graduate Student handbook
Graduate course catalog
Tuition and fees
Internship admission requirements
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