Is a dietetic internship necessary? Yes, completion of an accredited dietetic internship is required in order be eligible to take the national examination to be a registered dietitian. The steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) include the following:
1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a university that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Tech’s BS program is accredited by ACEND)
2. Completion of an ACEND accredited dietetic internship (Tech’s DI is accredited by ACEND)
3. Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Where can I complete my internship? ACEND accredited internships are offered through universities, health care facilities, foodservice corporations and community agencies. Most internships are six to twelve months in length, and they may or may not be combined with graduate course work. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org) includes a comprehensive listing of accredited dietetic internships.
How hard is it to get an internship? Dietetic Internships are highly competitive. Nationwide, approximately, 50-60% of individuals applying are accepted. Therefore, students should do all they can to make themselves competitive. This includes earning good grades, especially in the curriculum; obtaining work experience in the field; and participating in dietetics-related extra-curricular activities. Also, some programs require the GRE. High scores on the GRE also are beneficial.
Can I complete my internship at Louisiana Tech? Louisiana Tech University does offer an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. Admission is on a competitive basis. As is true of other internships, you must apply for and be admitted into the Louisiana Tech University Dietetic Internship. The Louisiana Tech DI begins in July and ends in May of each year. It includes a total of 15 hours of graduate course work, in addition to supervised practice in one of three geographic areas in Louisiana: Shreveport, Monroe/Ruston, or Alexandria. For more information, check out the Tech DI web site.
Click here to access the Tech DI web page.
Click here to access the Tech DI application.
Click here to access information about accredited dietetic internships.