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Eligibility and Requirements

Interested in learning more about our dietetic internship graduate certificate program? Review the program's eligibility and requirements below.

To enter the dietetic internship graduate certificate program, you'll need to meet the following admission requirements.

As of August 2021, applicants are no longer required to provide scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

College Degree

A bachelor’s degree from a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is required for admission. The degree must be from a regionally accredited U.S. university or college.

The University of Kansas does not offer an accredited DPD. View a list of accredited programs at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency. For guidelines, see the information for International Students provided by ACEND.

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 the CDR website.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at the University of Kansas Medical Center are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RD.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

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Grade Point Average

A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college coursework is required for admission.

Background Check

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. You pay this one-time fee directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international applicants before applying.

    The Selection Process

    When selecting individuals for admission to the program, we consider the following criteria, listed in order starting with most important.

    • Academic performance
    • Work and volunteer experience
    • Leadership, honors, and scholarships
    • Written responses to four applicant questions (are required as part of DICAS application)
    • Virtual interview
    • Recommendations

    GRE scores are no longer required for application.

    Questions, advising and campus visit opportunities.

    For more information on KU's dietetic internship program, please see answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

    In-person campus visits are currently limited due to COVID-19 precautions. However, we will continue to host several online open houses this year. If you are interested, please contact Jeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD, LD, program director, at or 913-588-1449 (711 TTY).

    School of Health Professions

    Dietetics and Nutrition
    KU Medical Center
    3901 Rainbow Boulevard
    Mailstop 4013
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    913-588-5355 • 711 TTY