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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Our Philosophy
The goal of the University of Kansas Dietetic Internship Program is to produce registered dietitians with enhanced skills in nutrition therapy for health and education positions that will provide services for the citizens of Kansas, the region, the nation, and the world.

The goals of our program are to:

  1. Admit students with the desire and ability both to practice at an entry level and to perform graduate-level course work.

  2. Conduct an efficient program that is individualized to meet the educational needs of students.

  3. Train students to practice dietetics at the entry level and expose them to the advantages of a Master of Science in dietetics and nutrition.

  4. Help students with appropriate career or education placement upon graduation.

Classes in this program are held one day each week on campus for the fall and spring semesters. Supervised practice experiences are 32 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters at assigned sites. During the summer semester interns work 32 to 40 hours per week completing the final practice area of interest experience. Students continuing on to the master's degree can enroll in additional graduate classes. Summer experiences take place on campus or at other locations within the U.S. or abroad.

Degree-seeking students in the graduate certificate program may transfer 14 hours -- DN 827 Practicum (10 credit hours) excluded -- toward the master's degree which is completed in two additional semesters. A total of 30 to 33 credit hours are required to complete the Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition.

More than 80% of graduates from KU's dietetic internship program continue on to complete the master's program. Master's degree students can apply for a research or graduate teaching assistantship which covers part or all of tuition and includes an hourly salary. Research assistants and graduate teaching assistants work 16-20 hours per week for one of the department's faculty during the fall and spring semesters after completion of the one-year internship program.

The following courses are completed during fall, spring, and summer terms:

DN 817 Seminar I (1 hour)
DN 818 Seminar II (1 hour)
DN 822  Management in Dietetics & Nutrition I (2 hours)
DN 823 Management in Dietetics & Nutrition II (2 hours)
DN 825 Medical Nutrition Therapy I  (3 hours)
DN 826 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 hours)
DN 827 Practicum in Dietetics and Nutrition (10 hours)
DN 841 International Nutrition (1 hour)
DN 842 United States Public Health Nutrition (1 hour)

Total hours = 24

See also: KU Medical Center Academic Calendar

Program Completion Requirements
In addition to the academic and other requirements set by the university, the department requires the dietetic intern complete the following requirements to receive the dietetic internship graduate certificate:

  1. Complete all required KU graduate course work listed above (24 credit hours) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. Maintain good academic and ethical standing within the university.
  3. Successfully complete 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience in a variety of settings.
  4. Pass the final exam for the program with a score of 80% or higher.
  5. All program requirements must be completed within 15 months of beginning the program.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

Open House for Prospective Students
Meet with faculty, dietetic interns, and graduate students Friday, December 14 and learn about the academic programs and opportunities for students in dietetics and nutrition at KU. Sign up for free

The program starts fall semester in August and ends the following July (three semesters total). The application window is Dec. 1–Feb. 15 each year.

Program Overview

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Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Program Costs


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KU's dietetic internship program has received continued accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The full accreditation covers the remainder of the 7-year term ending December 31, 2023.

photo of Jeannine GoetzJeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD
Dietetic Internship
Associate Professor

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