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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The KU Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate program provides supervised practice experiences thatallow the dietetic intern to practice, develop, and applyskills gained in the classroom. The program includes 24 hours ofgraduate course work and 1,200 hours ofsupervised practice experienceswhich provide the content and skills necessary to meetthe required corecompetencies for entry-leveldietitians.


Avariety of practice sites are available for each rotation experience. Internsare asked to rank their rotation preferences and then practice sites areassigned.

  • Clinical nutrition (16 weeks)
  • Community nutrition (8 weeks)
  • Food and nutrition management (8 weeks)
  • Summer practice area of interest (8 weeks)

Class Schedule
During the fall andspring semesters, students attend classes on campus on Mondays. Supervisedpractice experiences are conducted Tuesday through Friday at assigned sites(typically 32 hours per week).
During the summersemester, interns complete their practice area of interest rotation. Summerexperiences take place on campus or at other locations within the U.S. orabroad. There are no on-campus classes required during the summer. Studentscompleting the master's degree can enroll in additional graduate classes. See also: KU Medical Center Academic Calendar

Master’s Degree Option
Degree-seeking studentsin the graduate certificate program may transfer 14 hours toward the master'sdegree which is completed in two additional semesters. A total of 30 to 33credit hours are required to complete the master’s degree in dietetics andnutrition.
Note: Course DN 827Practicum does not transfer (10 credit hours).

More than 80% of graduatesfrom KU's dietetic internship program continue on to complete the master's program. Master's degreestudents can apply for a research or graduate teaching assistantship whichcovers part or all of tuition and includes an hourly salary. Researchassistants and graduate teaching assistants work 16-20 hours per week for oneof the department's faculty during the fall andspring semesters after completion of the one-year internship program.

Academic Plan forDietetic Internship Graduate Certificate

Fall Semester

  • DN 825 Medical Nutrition TherapyI, 3 hours 
  • DN 822 Management in Dietetics& Nutrition I, 2 hours 
  • DN 841 International Nutrition, 1 hours
  • DN 817 Seminar I, 1 hours
  • DN 827 Practicum, 4 hours
  • Total hours for semester, 11 hours

Spring Semester

  • DN 826 MedicalNutrition Therapy II, 3 hours 
  • DN 823 Management in Dietetics & Nutrition II, 2 hours 
  • DN 842 US Public Health Nutrition,1 hours
  • DN 818 Seminar II,1 hours
  • DN 827 Practicum,  4 hours
  • Total hours for semester, 11 hours

Summer Semester

  • DN 827 Practicum, 2 hours
  • Total hours for semester, 2 hours

Total hours Certificate, 24 hours

**During summer semester, interns may take othercoursesasadvisedfor MS or DIM certificate.

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

  • Complete all required KU graduate coursework listed on this page (24 credit hours) with a cumulative grade pointaverage of at least 3.0.
  • Maintain good academic and ethical standingwithin the university.
  • Successfully complete 1,200 hours ofsupervised practice experience in a variety of settings.
  • Pass the final exam for the program with ascore of 80% or higher.
  • All program requirements must be completedwithin 15 months of beginning the program.

Uponsuccessful completion the program, graduates will receive:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Dietetic Internship Verification Statement(allowing eligibility to take the National Registration Examination forDietitians)

Course Descriptions:

DN 817 Seminar inDietetics & Nutrition I: Seminar designed to promote effectiveness of professional written andoral communication, increase knowledge of research, and review contentinformation in dietetics.

DN 818 Seminar inDietetics & Nutrition II: Seminar designed to promote effectiveness ofprofessional written and oral communication, to increase knowledge of research,and to review content information in selected area in dietetics.

DN 822 ManagementDietetics & Nutrition I:  Managerial skills in health care quality improvement and food service arepracticed.

DN 823 ManagementDietetics & Nutrition II: Managerial style is related tofood policy, financial benchmarking and applied nutrition practice.

DN 825 Medical NutritionTherapy I:Course content introduces the student into the concepts of an intermediatestudy of nutritional therapy of disease. Course content includes evidence-basedpractice in prevention and nutritional management of diseases. Patientassessment and medical chart documentation are covered. Elements of pathologyand biochemistry of the nutrition-related problems are integrated into coursetopics.

DN 826 Medical NutritionTherapy II:Course content includes current nutrition theory and evidence-based practice inprevention and treatment of disease. Advanced therapies and patient managementin nutrition support will be discussed. Course topics include pediatricnutrition, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, renal disease,and gastrointestinal diseases.

DN 827 Practicum inDietetics and Nutrition: Supervised practice experience for graduate level students to fulfillthe requirements for the Dietetic Internship. Experiences take place inhospitals, clinics, community healthcare agencies, and other practice settingsin which dietetics and nutrition services are provided.

DN 841 InternationalNutrition: A study of global public health and nutrition concerns invarious nations, assessment of nutritional status of diverse populations,international health and nutrition organizations, policies, and interventions.We explore the roles of dietitians, nutritionists, and others in creating andimplementing international public health and nutrition policies andinterventions.

DN 842 United StatesPublic Health Nutrition: A study of US public health and nutrition concerns indiverse US populations, assessment of nutritional status in commonalities,health communication, nutrition policies and community based nutritioninterventions. Exploration of the roles of dietitians, nutritionists, andothers in developing and delivering nutrition policies and interventions in UScommunities.

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Last modified: Jan 11, 2019

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.

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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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