M.S. and Dietetic Internship
Miami University's Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The mission of the Miami University Dietetic Internship is to provide evidenced-based learning experiences in dietetics that will prepare graduates to be competent for practice as an entry-level dietitian nutritionist in a variety of healthcare and community environments. The program will focus on educating graduates to be capable practitioners dedicated to the service of others and to the profession.
Miami University's full-time, 16-month Combined Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship is designed to prepare you for successful practice as a professional registered dietitian nutritionist. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), successful completion qualifies you to sit for the exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
The five steps required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist are as follows:
- Complete a bachelor’s degree and earn a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited undergraduate program like the Miami University Didactic Program in Dietetics.
- Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (like the Miami University Combined Master’s and Dietetic Internship Program).
- Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR’s) dietetic registration exam*.
- Obtain certification/licensure in your state of practice, if applicable. Review state licensure requirements.
- Maintain continuing education as outlined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
*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). Read information about educational pathways to become an RDN.
Specifics from the graduate program application that will be utilized to determine suitable candidates for acceptance into the graduate program will be as follows:
- Complete the Graduate School online application
- $50 Application Fee
- Four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a recommended 3.0 GPA
- Undergraduate Transcript
- Personal Statement
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
All students are required to have a complete medical examination within three months before the start of the internship at their own expense, and present a letter to the Dietetic Internship Director from the MD or DO certifying that the student is medically fit to take part in the program. All dietetic interns must meet supervised practice site requirements (background check, immunizations, etc).
Specifics from the dietetic internship application will be utilized to determine suitable candidates for acceptance into the internship program as follows:
- A four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a Verification Statement from an ACEND-approved Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
- A minimum overall GPA score of 3.0 and a minimum GPA score of 3.0 in DPD nutrition-related courses are preferred.
- Three letters of recommendation from DPD instructors, employers, advisors, or other supervisors of studies or work.
- A personal statement (in 1000 words or less) that outlines:
- Rationale for entering the dietetic profession and seeking admission to this program
- Experiences that have assisted in preparation for the dietetics profession
- Short-term and long-term goals
- Strengths and areas of improvement
- Resume documenting volunteer, work and life experiences, awards, achievements, and any other information that would contribute to the uniqueness of the candidate.
Upon admission, interns will be required to have a background check, specifically, the Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigations for those who have lived in Ohio the last five years, if not, the Ohio BCI and FBI background check is required. Interns are required to provide a Verification Statement verifying completion of the undergraduate program in dietetics (DPD) in order to begin the Miami Dietetic Internship program.
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/
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements visit https://www.cdrnet.org/
Computer Matching Information
A national computer matching process is used to select candidates for the Dietetic Internship. Candidates must complete the Spring Match application process by February 15 of each year. This includes the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services and D&D Digital.
Applicants may be interviewed by the Dietetic Internship Director on campus or via video conference (typically mid-March) for those participating in the match.
Pre-Selection Admission for Graduates of Miami University's Didactic Program in Dietetics
Graduates of Miami University's Didactic Program in Dietetics may apply for preselection to the MS/DI program by completing the process outlined below. A maximum of 12 spots are open for preselection until December 1 of each year. The remaining spots not filled through pre-selection will be open for the DICAS Spring computer matching process.
- Complete the application process and be accepted to the Miami University Graduate School,
KNH Master of Science, Exercise Science, and Health program by November 1 of each year.
- Evidence of completion of Miami University's DPD program before MS/DI start date, i.e., DPD verification statement or letter from DPD program director
Applicants may be interviewed by the Dietetic Internship Director on campus or via video conference (typically mid-November) for those applying through preselection.
Dietetic students will be required to complete the Kinesiology and Health MS degree by following the requirements outlined under the Exercise Science and Health concentration. Recently, the degree requirements were changed to a total of 30 credit hours to more closely align with the Ohio Board of Regents guidelines.
A program of study is specified in an individual academic plan approved by the student’s guidance committee. This committee will include the Internship program director and/or nutrition faculty. The degree includes research coursework, the area of a student of concentration coursework, capstone experience, and successful completion of a final certifying examination.
Dietetic Internship Experience Hours (1,000 hours minimum):
- Clinical - Medical/Surgery | 320 hours
- Community | 300 hours
- Foodservice | 256 hours
- Research | 64 hours
- Elective Rotation | 64 hours - 128 hours
- Total of 1,004 - 1,068 hours
|Fall 1||Behavioral Statistics II (EHS 668)||3|
|Fall 1||Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health (KNH 621)||3|
|Fall 1||Nutrition Assessment (KNH 553)||3|
|Spring 1||Internship (KNH 640)||3|
|Spring 1||Nutrition for Sports and Fitness (KNH 609)||3|
|Spring 1||Physical Activity Motivation (KNY 654)||3|
|Summer 1||Internship (KNH 640)||3|
|Fall 2||Internship (KNH 640)||3|
|Fall 2||Obesity and Weight Management (KNH 647)||3|
|Fall 2||Exercise, Aging, and Health (KNH 685)||3|
|Term||Rotation||Number of Weeks||Hours Per Week|
|Fall 1||Master's Coursework||15|
|Spring 1||Inpatient Foodservice||6||32|
|Spring 1||Clinical - Medical/Surgery||7||32|
|Summer 1||Clinical - Medical Surgery||3||40|
|Fall 2||Food Systems||2||32|
The Miami University MS/DI follows the academic calendar.
Internship Rotations and Calendar
Dietetic Internship Experience Hours
Clinical (13 weeks = 464 hours)
Community (11 weeks = 400 hours)
Food Service (9 weeks = 288 hours)
Elective rotation (2 weeks = 64 hours)
Staff Relief (2 weeks = 64 hours)
Total = 1280 hours
Fall Semester 1
- Program Orientation
- Fall courses begin
- Final Exams
Spring Semester 1
- 6 weeks Inpatient Food Service
- 7 weeks Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) med/surg
Summer Semester 1
- 6 weeks MNT
- 6 weeks Community Nutrition
Fall Semester 2
- 4 weeks Retail Food Service
- 5 weeks Community Nutrition
- 2 weeks Planned Staff Relief
- 2 weeks Elective
- Final Exams
Estimated Dietetic Internship Program Expenses:
Fees are subject to change.
- Student Registration fee: $24.08
- Graduate Application fee: $50.00
- Books: estimated at $500.00 per semester
- Lab coat: estimated at $50.00
- Transportation: Mileage estimated at $0.55/mile
- Medical examination and immunizations: cost varies
- Background check: estimated at $35.00
- Medical Insurance: varies
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: $50.00
- Conference fees: $35.00 - $70.00
- Other possible expenses – printing of professional poster for poster session presentations: $75.00
Interns must have transportation to and from supervised practice rotations.
Currently, liability insurance is provided and maintained by the University for each student enrolled in supervised practice experiences approved by the University.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to apply the principles of each of the five domains below into the practice of nutrition/dietetics:
- Domain 1: Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Graduates will be able to demonstrate the integration of scientific information and translation of research into practice.
- Domain 2: Professional Practice Expectations: Graduates will be able to demonstrate the beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner level of practice.
- Domain 3: Clinical and Customer Services: Graduates will be able to demonstrate the development and delivery of information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations.
- Domain 4: Practice Management and Use of Resources: Graduates will be able to demonstrate the strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
- Domain 5: Leadership and Career Management: Graduates will be able to demonstrate the skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience relevant to leadership potential and professional growth for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner.
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Nutrition and Dietetics has a longstanding history at Miami University with food science courses offered beginning in 1908-09. Following in 1915, the Home Economics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences was established and offered food and nutrition courses. The Dietetics program first appeared in the 1945-56
The Combined Master’s Degree and Dietetics Internship is the most recent expansion to provide students with the ability to complete a Master’s degree and the required internship to become a Registered Dietitian. This is in response to growing advanced professional need in the community for more qualified nutrition professionals.
Meet the Faculty
For more information about the MS/DI, review the Program Handbook or contact Lydia Ballenger, Dietetic Internship Director.
Miami University's Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Accreditation by ACEND ensures that graduates are eligible to apply to and, upon acceptance enter into a supervised practice program in Dietetics. Completing a supervised practice leads to eligibility to take the exam to earn
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Graduates of the DI program who earn their RDN credential and want to practice as Dietitians/Nutritionists may need to apply for licensure before they are eligible to practice dietetics/nutrition. Licensing statutes include an explicitly defined scope of practice, and the performance of the profession is illegal without first obtaining a license. A list of the states that require licensure is available on the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.
Student grievances about academic concerns should first be addressed with a faculty member or instructor. If the problem is not resolved, the student should then discuss their concern with the Department Chair. If the problem is still not resolved, the student may discuss their concern with the Dean of Education, Health & Society. The grievance procedure is outlined in the Kinesiology, Nutrition and Health Governance.
NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO FILE COMPLAINTS WITH THE
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation/approval standards. ACEND is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dietetics education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students.