The WVU Dietetic Internship is currently granted continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information, visit the ACEND website.
ACEND® can be contacted by:
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
The WVU Dietetic Internship program is a two-year combined master’s and internship in dietetics. The dietetic internship provides the supervised practice experience that is required in order to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.
Internship candidates must have:
- completed at least a bachelor’s degree, as well as the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) coursework requirements from an accredited program.
- received a verification statement from their university.
The combined program offers interns the opportunity to complete a master of science degree (thesis or non-thesis option) in addition to the required supervised practice component. Those who choose a thesis option will have an additional year to complete (total of three years). The program's supervised practice experiences will provide interns with approximately 1,200 hours of accredited supervised practice experience.
The first year of the dietetic internship will consist mainly of graduate coursework
at WVU. Courses typically include biochemistry, physiology, statistics, nutrition
and seminar. Second year coursework typically includes a nutrition course, research,
and independent studies.
Supervised practice placements for the internship begin the summer between the first and second year. Those interns completing research will do so under the guidance of graduate nutrition faculty whose interests include nutritional biochemistry, food science, and community nutrition.
The intern must successfully complete the objectives for each supervised practice experience and meet all requirements for the master’s degree. They must also defend and pass a thesis defense (thesis-option) or a problem statement defense.
The mission of the dietetic internship program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be a competent registered dietitian through quality experiences that enhance professional excellence. The completion of a graduate degree along with the experiential component provides a foundation for future advances in dietetic practice. Equally important, successful completion of the program prepares students to sit for the registration examination. The mission is consistent with the missions of WVU, the Davis College and the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences; to provide a high quality, student-centered educational experience and to bring the resources of the University to all segments of society through providing high quality programs of instruction.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The goals of the program include:
West Virginia University internship program graduates will have acquired the
necessary skills for dietetics practice at the entry level.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of the DI graduates will successfully complete the registration examination on the first try.
- Over a five-year period, 70% of the graduates who seek employment will be employed in dietetics-related positions within three months of completing the program.
- During the first year of employment, program graduates will be ranked by at least 75% of their employers as above average in professional knowledge and skills as compared to other entry-level dietitians.
- When surveyed, 90% of employed graduates will rate themselves as prepared or well prepared for their first position.
- Eighty percent of the students admitted to the DI will complete the program within 3 years of beginning the program. (The DI is designed to be completed in 2 years; 3 years is 150% of the planned time.)
- Interns admitted to the program will rate as “satisfactory” or better with scores on advising and counseling provided by the faculty and Preceptors.
- When surveyed, 100% of graduates who are registered will have submitted a learning plan with the CDR within 12 months of program completion
Program outcome data is available upon request.
Becoming a Dietitian
The path to become a registered dietitian nutritionist includes a college degree,
completing a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program, and passing
the national registration exam. At WVU, students who wish to become a registered
dietitian nutritionist must:
- earn a bachelor’s degree and complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics with a cumulative GPA of 3.0;
- apply for and complete an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program or Individual Supervised Practice Pathway;
- pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam;
- gain licensure if required in your state of practice;
- maintain continuing education. Note that in 2024, a graduate degree will be required
to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam. In addition
to the ACEND-accredited DPD, WVU offers an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship
associated with a master’s degree. An undergraduate degree from WVU does not
guarantee acceptance into the WVU dietetic internship.
2018-2019 Estimated Dietetic Internship Costs
Graduate Tuition for Academic Year 2018 - 2019
||per credit hour--$555
||per credit hour--$1432
More information about Graduate Tuition and Fees can be found at: https://tuition.wvu.edu/graduate.
Estimated Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated costs to students and information about financial aid, scholarships, stipends and other support is available on the WVU Admissions and Davis College websites.
Cost to Intern
|Background check, federal and state
SafeServ text and examination fee
AND Food Handler’s Permit (Health Dept.)
|AND Student Member Fee
|Physical Exam, vaccinations/titers, TB test (estimated)
|Travel to supervised practice sites
||Mileage and gas price dependent
|Processing Fee for Dietetic Registration Examination
|Mon General testing
Admission to the internship requires concurrent admission to graduate school. Applicants
must complete two different application forms - one for the internship and one
for graduate school.
The program will participate in the web-based Dietetic Internship Computer Application
Service (DICAS). No applications will be accepted by mail (USPS). The graduate
admission application should be filed on or before the internship application
deadline. When applying for the internship program, the program code to be used
. It is a requirement that you apply to DICAS for consideration to this program.
You will need to supply a DPD verification statement and undergraduate transcripts.
When completing your personal statement, make sure to include:
- Why do I want to enter the field of dietetics.
- What are some experiences that helped prepare you for your career
- What are your short-term and long-term goals
- What are your strengths and weaknesses or what are your areas needing improvement
Program Completion Requirements
For completion of the Dietetic Internship, a student must successfully pass all
rotation with a satisfactory or better. They must also defend and pass a thesis
defense (if they choose this option) or a problem statement defense as well as
all courses taken during their graduate program equal to 30-36 hours for thesis
and non-thesis respectively. After all requirements are completed, a verification
statement will be authorized.
The Dietetic Internship follows the
WVU Academic Calendar.
Computer Match Program
The WVU Dietetic Internship participates in the D&D Digital computer match. Applicants must register with D&D Digital online, pay the $50.00 computer matching fee by credit card, and enter their contact information and DI priority choices by 11:59 PM CST on February 15.
The WVU Dietetic Internship does not require student to find their own distance rotations. The DI director places interns in each of their rotations. However, if an intern would like to do experiential learning at an alternative location of their choice (week of choice), a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can be arranged and the intern will be responsible for all remaining arrangements.
Students in the WVU DI are not required to find their own experiential learning supervised practice sites.
Distance education is not available
WVU Dietetic Interns will need to have their own car insurance.