The Ohio State University's Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship program is a high-quality training program for students seeking a profession as a registered dietitian. As a student, you'll have a broad spectrum of opportunities, be actively involved in personalizing the internship to your interests and receive comprehensive counseling training to help others change their behaviors.
The Ohio State Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship program is unique in its focus in personalized nutrition counseling, as most other internship programs provide a large clinical focus. I was provided with a well-rounded foundation of skills needed to work as a registered dietitian nutritionist and the confidence to effectively and independently put my nutrition knowledge into practice. As the only intern assigned to each of my preceptors, I received individualized training and several opportunities for independence. Because of this, I gained immense real-world knowledge that I would not have attained by simply "shadowing" or being told exactly what to do.
Owner/Founder, Columbus Nutrition Company
For more than 20 years, Ohio State's Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program has prepared interns with excellent training to become registered dietitians. In this accredited, nondegree program, interns develop their programs based on their individual educational needs, preferences and interests. Additionally, many opportunities exist to receive personalized training from our more than 40 partner agencies and complete a variety of special projects and assignments.
This full-time, 36-week program concentrates on personalized nutrition and counseling. Interns participate in 75 hours of classroom instruction and 1,250 hours of supervised practice at medical centers, community agencies, wellness centers, private industry, food services, hospitals and public schools.
As an intern, you'll develop the advanced knowledge and skills in a number of areas, including:
- nutrition assessment
- dietary care planning
- nutrition counseling and education
- management and leadership
- personnel management
- problem solving and decision-making
- professional growth and development
A part-time program also is available that requires 1,216 hours of supervised practice and 80 hours of classroom instruction. It takes approximately 17 months to complete.
Successful completion of the dietetic internship qualifies graduates for the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Many interns continue their education by pursuing a master's degree in human nutrition.
The program starts in mid-August and ends in mid-May of each year.
The internship abides by university holidays. Dietetic intern breaks do not necessarily coincide with the Ohio State academic calendar. Interns have at least two weeks of break in late December.
Individual Supervised Practice Program
The Individual Supervised Practice Program is an option if you have a doctorate degree at the time you start the internship program.
Contact Program Director Julie Kennel for more information about applying. Interns admitted through this path are responsible for securing his or her own supervised practice placements.
Registration Examination for Dietitians
Successful completion of the bachelor's program and dietetics internship qualifies you to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The Ohio State University Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program is fully accredited through 2021 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995, 312-899-0040.
Completion requirements: Minimum 1,200 hours supervised practice; meet all competencies set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; completed seminar assignments; completed preceptor evaluations; completed internship exit survey; all fees paid in full
Many dietetic interns apply to graduate programs in the spring of their program year. In the last five years, graduates have a 100 percent placement rate in graduate programs immediately following supervised practice. Applicants interested in a master's degree in human nutrition at Ohio State are encouraged to contact the internship program director for more information about how to bridge between the internship and graduate school successfully.
Process of becoming a Registered Dietitian
The process of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutrition (RDN) requires a completed bachelor’s degree (will advance to a master’s degree in 2024) granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) with a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours, and successful passage of the national credentialing exam set by the Commission on Dietetics Registration and state certification/licensure (as applicable. The Ohio State Human Nutrition DI fulfills the supervised practice step of the process.
You may wish to refer to the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.