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Program Details

KU's dietetic internship program has a medical nutrition therapy emphasis. The program consists of 24 graduate credit hours and 1,000 hours of supervised practice in a variety of practice settings.

Practice Experiences

Practice experiences include Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Management, and a culminating Practice Area of Interest experience designed by the intern to meet personal, professional and educational goals.

  • The University of Kansas Health System
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics
  • Various St. Luke’s Hospital facilities
  • VA Medical Center
  • KU Athletics
  • KU Weight Management
  • Eating disorder facilities
  • WIC
  • Grocery stores
  • Public schools
  • Health Departments
  • Hospital food service

Faculty and Format

As a student in our fully accredited program, you will train with outstanding faculty at a world-class academic medical center featuring the latest technology and interventions and ample opportunities to experience cutting-edge practice and research in an urban setting serving diverse populations in the region. 

The program starts fall semester in August and ends the following July (three semesters total). Visit our curriculum page for details about rotations and the class schedule. 

After Completing the Internship

Students completing the dietetic internship program receive a graduate certificate from the University of Kansas. They are eligible to apply for approval by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

KU has a proven record in producing top-level professionals, as evidenced by the consistently high first-time pass rate by KU graduates on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. The first-time pass rate for KU graduates of the past five years (2016-2020) is 96.25%. One hundred percent of graduates passed the exam within the first year of program completion.

We strongly encourage certificate students to continue their education in KU's master's degree program. Graduates of the dietetic internship program only need another 16-19 hours to finish the master's degree. See additional details on the curriculum page.

Application Information

Our application window is Dec. 1–Feb. 15 each year. 

How to Apply

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