Admission Requirements

The Following Are Requirement Of Our Class starting in January & June 2023

1. Verification Statement (or Declaration of Intent to Complete)

Submitted to DICAS by your ACEND accredited DPD Program Director (This form demonstrates completion of your ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and it is important to let your DPD Director know EARLY that you are applying to Internships.  

When you are accepted to our Program, we require that you email us a copy iof the Verification Statement provided to you upon completion of your DPD Program.  This is a different Verification Stement that your DPD Program Director submits to DICAS on your behalf.

2. Bachelor's Degree or Higher

From a US regionally-accredited college or university or a foreign equivalent. Transcripts are submitted through DICAS. If you are planning to start the Internship close to your DPD or undergraduate degree completion, you must confirm with your college Registrar that your Bachelor's degree will be posted to your transcript by the start date of our Orientation (see Calendar tab). If that is not going to be the case, please send us an email. All foreign degrees must be translated and evaluated by an agency approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. For a list of agencies, click here. For Applicants who have not yet completed the DPD Program, it is expected that last semester grades meet our program requirements, that is B or better in all DPD courses and C or better in all sciences. GPA 3.0.

3. Negative Background Check and Negative Drug Screen

All Interns will be required to undergo a comprehensive Background Check immediately after accepting a match to the program. Acceptance will be conditional based on the outcome of the background check. All Interns will be required to undergo a drug screen after acceptance into the program at a random date to be determined by the program, prior to the start of rotations. These background checks and drug screens may be repeated during the course of the Internship.

4. You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident

This is a requirement of the U.S. Government.

Preference Will Be Given To Applicants With The Items Below

Competitive Grade Point Average and Grades

An overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and grades of B or higher in all DPD Professional courses.

Recency of Academic Experience

Preference is given to applicants whose education and receipt of DPD Verification Statement is not more than 5 years old.  If  your education and/or DPD verification statement is more than 5 years old then you should have dietetics related coursework during the past 2 years that includes MNT.  

Preceptors Identified by the dates listed on the Program Application - For second round applicants, contact us.

Excellent References

Substantive Personal Statement with correct spelling and grammar

Additional Insights

*The Admission Committee welcomes insights into any obligations or challenges faced during your undergraduate years that may have impacted your grades or other circumstances. This information should be included in a supplemental letter of explanation which can be uploaded to the Priority Nutrition Care Supplemental Application.