Admission Requirements

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Apply to this program via Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). Review the sections below before you begin.

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Certificate in Dietetic Internship

Program accreditation

The Missouri State University Dietetic Internship Certificate Program has been granted Full Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or dietetic technicians, registered. ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. Programs meeting those standards are accredited by ACEND.

Program goals

The Dietetic Internship will:

  1. prepare graduates to be competent for practice as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  2. prepare graduates with life-long learning skills which will enhance the dietetic profession and demonstrate leadership in the field of dietetics.
  3. emphasize and model a commitment to community engagement, preparing graduates who are socially accountable to their community and the profession.

Admission requirements

  1. Evidence of meeting the minimum academic requirements from an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics by a "Verification Statement" or "Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree" and/or ACEND-approved "Minimum Academic Requirements" within five years of application.
  2. Completion of the baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 over the last 60 hours of academic work taken.
  4. Completed application form.
  5. A personal philosophy statement addressing the applicant's professional career goals and how the DI program will help accomplish these goals, in addition to discussing the applicant's strengths and areas of improvement.
  6. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL website is https://www.toefl.org.
  7. Three written recommendations received with the application must be without significant reservations/concern.
    1. Dietetic academic reference
    2. Work or volunteer reference
    3. Final reference is the applicant’s choice
  8. Resume which includes:
    1. Work experience in dietetics, including paid and volunteered work
    2. Involvement in college and/or community activities
  9. After the application period closes, the selection committee will review all of the applications and select students for an interview. Interview will be conducted via telephone.
  10. Following admission to the Missouri State DI, interns will complete the Graduate College Application for Admission and be enrolled in the graduate college.
  11. After formal admission to the University and the program, interns will submit a completed Graduate Certificate Plan of Study.
Upon acceptance to the DI, additional requirements include:
  1. Meet technical standards of the program in order to successfully undertake the course of study including evidence of good health. These standards are available upon request from the program.
  2. Evidence of immunization or vaccination for vaccine-preventable diseases to include MMR, tetanus, TB test, Hepatitis A, and a complete Hepatitis B series including a titer demonstrating immunity. Other vaccinations may be required such as a seasonal flu vaccine.
  3. Evidence of professional liability and health insurance, including hospitalization.
  4. Provide documentation of negative tuberculosis status or evidence of appropriate follow-up.
  5. Hold and maintain infant, child and adult CPR certification valid throughout the DI.
  6. Hold ServSafe Certification valid throughout the DI.
  7. Interns must have reliable transportation and provide evidence of vehicle liability insurance that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the State of Missouri.
  8. Student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  9. Interns must enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program as a cohort group.
  10. Submit a drug screening test and criminal record check* and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 324.217 or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered dietitian.

*Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Program retention and completion requirements

  1. Interns must satisfactorily complete all assignments and experiences for each internship rotation. Satisfactory completion will be based on performance appraisal which meets standards identified in appraisal rating criteria.
  2. Assignments or experiences which were not satisfactorily completed must be corrected or repeated. No more than one graduate course may be repeated.
  3. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 3 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B", and no hours of graduate work below a grade of "C".
  4. Receive a satisfactory (3) or higher rating in all required competencies as set forth by ACEND.
  5. Students must successfully complete all rotations and all course work in order to receive the verification statement and graduate certificate of completion.
  6. All work must be completed and competencies met within 150% (13.5 months) of the time planned for completion.

Required Courses - 18 hours

Course Code Course Title Credits
DTN 740 Medical Nutrition Therapy I Practicum 3 hrs
DTN 741 Medical Nutrition Therapy II Practicum 3 hrs
DTN 742 Population Health Nutrition Practicum 3 hrs
DTN 743 Food Service Management Practicum 3 hrs
DTN 744 Practicum in Area of Concentration 3 hrs
DTN 750 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 hr
DTN 752 Advanced Population Health Nutrition I 1 hr
DTN 753 Advanced Foodservice Management 1 hr

COVID-19 vaccination and supervised practice

Missouri State is not currently requiring COVID vaccination as a prerequisite for admission to the University or any of its academic programs. However, the same is not true for some of our clinical health partners.

The Dietetic Internship curriculum includes completion of two clinical practicums of supervised practice, for a combined +500 direct patient care contact hours. These clinical experiences are a requirement for completion of the program and these clinical experiences are required for all DI students, as per the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) standards.

While we will use reasonable, good faith efforts to secure clinical assignments for all students, we simply cannot promise clinical sites for students who have not undergone COVID vaccination. Some clinical sites do provide COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests for medical and religious exemptions but requesting exemption does not guarantee exemption will be granted. Submitted requests to the clinical site are reviewed by that clinical site’s review board.

Thus, any incoming student who is not and does not intend to become vaccinated, will begin the DI program with the risk of not being able to complete clinical hours and, as a result, not being able to complete their degree and receive their ACEND DI Verification Statement.

Admission requirements for the Graduate College

After accepting the match to the Dietetic Internship, graduate students are enrolled in Missouri State's Graduate College.

The Graduate College application fee will be waived.

After enrollment in the graduate college, students submit a completed "Plan of Study" to the Graduate College. Students work with their academic advisor to determine which courses will be taken towards the program. Keep in mind that courses taken for undergraduate credit may NOT be used on a Plan of Study for a graduate certificate or program.

If it becomes necessary to change a course originally listed on the approved Plan of Study, a Change of Certificate Plan of Study Request form should be completed and submitted to the Graduate College.

Admitted students: Pay confirmation deposit

Students who have been admitted to the Internship program must pay a placeholder fee of $500, known as the confirmation deposit.

Pay confirmation deposit