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Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's dietetic internship graduate certificate program, the following are required. In addition, students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements

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.

Please note: 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 International Fact Sheet 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 course work 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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Graduate Record Examination Score

A valid score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required for the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing portions of the exam. Applicants are awarded points based on percentile rank; there is not a minimum score recommended. For GRE information, call (609) 771-7670 or visit

Grade Point Average

A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college course work is required for admission to this program.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit for and provide KU with a background check report. This one-time fee must be paid by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Studets will be asked to provide information and make the payment after official acceptance into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background bheck instructions.

The Selection Process

The following criteria, listed in order starting with most important, are considered when selecting individuals for admission to the dietetic internship program.

  • Academic performance.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores.
  • Work and volunteer experience.
  • Leadership, honors, and scholarships.
  • Written responses to four applicant questions (are required as part of DICAS application).
  • Recommendations.

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside 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 students before applying.

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Last modified: Oct 02, 2020

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. This term has been extended to December 31, 2024 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dietetic Internship
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