Student/Dietetic Intern Resources
Routes to Meeting Eligibility Requirements for the RD Exam- Prior to January 1, 2024
Routes to Meeting Eligibility Requirements for the RD Exam- AFTER January 1, 2024
Didactic Programs and Dietetic Internships (a.k.a the educational pathways to becoming an RDN)
Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPDs)- These programs can be either Bachelor's Degree (undergraduate) or Master's Degree (graduate) programs. Students must graduate from one of these programs to be eligible to apply for ACEND-Accredited dietetic internship program.
Coordinated Programs (CPs)- These programs combine the coursework of a Didactic Program with at least 1200 hours of supervised practice (a.k.a. the dietetic internship). Students who complete a Coordinated Program (or CP) DO NOT need to apply to a dietetic internship, and are eligible to sit for the RD exam upon completion of the CP. Coordinated Programs can be either Bachelor's (undergraduate) or Master's (graduate) level programs.
Dietetic Internships (DIs)- Dietetic Internships provide at least 1200 hours supervised practice needed in order for interns to be able to sit for the RDN exam. These programs are 8-24 months long, and some are offered on a part-time schedule. Most DIs participate in the D&D Digital Computer Matching Process. After all of the DI program requirements are met, individuals can sit for the RDN Exam.
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs)- This is an alternative way for graduates of accredited bachelor's level didactic programs to earn the 1200 supervised practice hours needed in order to sit for the RDN exam. Students must have graduated from an accredited program and have a DPD Verification Statement. This is also an alternative pathway to the RDN exam for students with a doctorate degree who DO NOT have a DPD verification statement.
Computer matching resources
Most Dietetic Internships participate in the D&D Digital Computer Matching program.
AND Dietetic Internship Computer Matching Resources (You do not need to be an AND member to access these FREE Resources!)
Suggestions to Improving Your Chances at Getting a DI Position - Really good comprehensive resource of things you can do to improve your DI application.
D&D Digital Internship Matching Questions- This is a MUST READ if you are planning to participate in the digital match process.
November 2019 Computer Matching Calendar- A MUST READ if you are participating in the November 2019 Dietetic Internship Computer Matching.
Future Dates for Computer Matching (through November 2020)- Use this document to plan ahead if you will be participating in the dietetic internship computer matching up to November 2020.
Most Dietetic Internships require that your DI application be submitted through the DICAS website.
Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) Website
graduate school resources
GRE Website- The GRE is an exam that is often required if you are applying to a graduate program (this also includes graduate level Coordinated Programs).
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AND Member's Interests Groups (MIGs) are of made up of Academy Members who have a common interests. MIGs provide networking, scholarships and professional development opportunities. Click on the link above to see all MIGs. We've listed the MIGs focused on underrepresented minority groups below. You must be an AND member to join a MIG.
Diversify Dietetics offers a mentorship program. You can sign up by filling our our student/intern/young professionals survey. Below are other mentorship programs that are specific to different organizations.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics eMentoring Program- You must be an AND member to participate in this program.
AND DPG or MIG Mentoring Programs- You must be an AND/DPG/MIG member to access these resources.