Dietetic Internship Program
Meredith College’s Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited Dietetic Internship program provides college graduates who have met the DPD requirements with the knowledge and supervised practice needed to enter this fast-growing field of nutrition. The dietetic internship prepares students for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam and, ultimately, a career as a Registered Dietitian. Meredith’s location is ideal for internship participants, who can work at some of the world’s top corporations and medical centers, as well as in local human services agencies and school systems. And, those completing the internship earn six credit hours toward the M.S. in Nutrition from Meredith
Indicators of Success
- 96% of program interns completed program/degree requirements within 16.5 months (150% of the program length) for Traditional Pathway and Site Preceptor Pathway cohort A & B or within 22.5 months (150% of the program length) for Site Preceptor Pathway cohort C or 36 months (150% of the program length) for the ISPP Pathway.
- 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 91%.
- Of graduates who seek employment, 100% were employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
We are accredited for one dietetic internship that has three distinct tracks/pathways:
Traditional Dietetic Internship Pathway: This program provides the student with all of their rotation sites and takes place in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.
Site Preceptor Pathway Dietetic Internship (SPP): This program provides the student with a coveted Food Service Management and Clinical/MNT site. The other rotations are student-identified and must be at least 100 miles outside of the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway Dietetic Internship (ISPP): In this flexible rotation, the student locates and identifies all of their rotation sites at least 150 miles outside the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.
Meredith College Dietetic Internship is Step 2 in your journey to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics).
Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program. For students who do not match to an internship, applying to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option.
Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
“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: http://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
Meredith’s dietetic internship students participate in high-fidelity simulations to practice interacting with patients and other healthcare providers in a clinical setting.
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The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted accredited 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 | (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400