To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
For a student to become a credentialed RDN, they must:
- Earn a bachelor’s degree with coursework or satisfactorily complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Complete an ACEND accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship (DI).
- Pass the national registration examination for Dietitians.
- A license to practice dietetics in the State of Florida is required by law and is regulated by the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida State Department of Health.
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 CDR’s 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 MSDI program at FSU are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a RDN.
Withdrawal from Program
For withdrawal and refund of tuition and fees information, please refer to the FSU policy: financialaid.fsu.edu/resources/financial-aid-processes/title-iv-withdrawal
The mission of the Florida State University’s Dietetic Internship (DI), which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is to provide a post-baccalaureate route for students to complete the experiential requirements needed to write the national registry examination for certification as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). The program is designed for the preparation of entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) through supervised practice in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and food service systems management to enhance their understanding of, and ability to apply principles of nutrition science and dietetics beyond the baccalaureate or DPD level.
The mission of the Dietetic Internship (DI) is consistent with the mission of the University, which is to serve as a center for advanced graduate and professional studies. It is also consistent with the mission of the Department of Integrative Physiology, which is to enhance the well being of individuals and families through educational activities focused on research, health, the environment, and technology. The philosophy of the program is to prepare graduate students who desire advanced academic and professional training to meet the need for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), and to become professionals who can seek innovative solutions to the challenges of contemporary society.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Graduates will become successful, competent registered dietitians in a timely manner.
- Objective 1: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) is least 80%.
- Objective 2: At least 90% of employers/supervisors who responded to the survey will express satisfaction with the performance of the FSU DI program graduates.
- Objective 3: At least 80% of program dietetic interns complete the program/degree requirements within thirty-six months (150% of the program length).
- Objective 4: Objective 4: At least 80% of the program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) within 12 months of the program completion.
- Objective 5: At least 80% of program dietetic interns will agree that their Dietetic Internship (DI) experiences provided opportunities to practice core competencies expected of the entry level registered dietitian.
Goal 2: Graduates will advance the dietetics profession through professional participation.
- Objective 1: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 2: Of graduates in the dietetics profession, at least 80% will participate in a professional organization at the local, state, or national level.
Outcome data available upon request to the director of the dietetic internship.
The Florida State University DI Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
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The Department of Health, Nutrition, and Food Sciences offers a graduate Dietetic Internship (DI) program. The Dietetic Internship (DI) can be completed with the M.S. in Exercise Physiology (sports nutrition major) or M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science (clinical nutrition major). Specializations are available in either sports nutrition or clinical nutrition, depending on the respective degree which is sought.
Successfully completing an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) is required in order to take the examination for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential with the Commission for Dietetics Registration.
FSU does not participate in DICAS. However, we continue to participate in the D&D Digital matching program.
An option to consider:
Apply for admission to the graduate program first. Then, as a current graduate student, apply for the dietetic internship the following year.
How to Apply
1. Apply to FSU Graduate Program
Deadline: December 15
In order for your dietetic internship application to be considered, you must first be admitted to one of the eligible graduate programs offered by the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Food Sciences at Florida State University:
- Master’s of Science in Food and Nutrition
- Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology, major in Sports Nutrition
You can apply online through admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. These programs admit in the fall (April 1 application deadline) and spring (October 1 application deadline) semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadlines posted.
In order to be considered for an assistantship, admissions applications should be completed earlier (February 1 for fall and July 1 for spring).
If applying for the Dietetic Internship to start in the fall semester, all admissions application materials must be received for the master’s program by December 15 in the preceding year.
2. Apply to the Dietetic Internship Program
Deadline: February 1st
The deadline is February 1st (of the spring semester that falls in the same calendar year as the first fall semester you intend to begin dietetics internship program).
Areas of Concentration
Eight (8) weeks in specialized clinical facilities
Metabolic Centers, Cancer Centers, Pediatric Hospitals, Eating Disorder Clinics, Dialysis Centers
Eight (8) weeks specialized experience at a sports nutrition facility and an additional two (2) weeks of sports community nutrition.
Professional Teams, Collegiate Teams, and Training Centers
Students may not participate in more than one concentration.
Weeks are based on a 40 hour work week, if less than 40 hours are completed per week, additional days will be necessary to complete the required number of hours.
Students are also expected to participate in other professionally related activities during the academic year and are encouraged to participate in local, state, and national dietetic association activities. Service activities are highly recommended. Student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required.
Clinical and Food Service Management rotations are conducted in several facilities:
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Capital Regional Medical Center, and Archbold Hospital are within a 50-mile radius of Tallahassee. Many other practice sites are located around the state of Florida including Ft. Walton Beach, Panama City, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Tampa.
Sports Nutrition Rotations are conducted at multiple facilities across the United States.
The following are required for graduation and completion of the internship:
- Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
- Minimum grade of B- in core nutrition courses
- Grade of C or better in all other required courses and courses applied towards graduation
- Completion of HUN 8945 – Supervised Practice with a grade of “S”
- Attendance at all internship meetings
- Completion of all other degree requirements
Failure to complete supervised practice experiences satisfactorily and/or class courses as evaluated by the course instructors, DI director, and appropriate preceptor(s) during the assigned time frames could result in the removal of a student from the internship.
Applicants are selected by a committee composed of the Internship Director, the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director, and faculty members who are registered dietitians (RD). Selection is based on the committee’s assessment of some or all of the following criteria, GPA, a letter of intent, previous work experience and letters of reference (as well as the possibility of phone or face-to-face interviews) are used by the committee to assess each applicant. This selection process also follows the rules governing the computer matching process used by AND in cooperation with D & D Digital Systems.
Note: Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Food Sciences does not grant a student admission to the Dietetic Internship. Internship applications are reviewed by a department selection committee after admission to the graduate program in NIP. Internship appointments are awarded on a competitive basis through computer matching process used by AND in co-operation with D&D Digital Systems, Ames, IA annually during the Spring match.
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway
An ISPP is an alternate ACEND-accredited pathway designed for students nationwide who did not receive a DI placement. Upon completion of the ISPP, students will be qualified to sit for the national board registration examination. Students in an ISPP are required to contact their own preceptors to set up their supervised practice experience. Therefore, they are able to customize their hours towards their individual needs. This also gives students the opportunity to count their previous dietetics-related work experience towards the ISPP. ISPPs may be able to be completed concurrently with a part-time time, allowing students to count paid work hours towards ISPP hours as well.
How to Apply
Apply to the ISPP Internship Program
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis year-round until all spots are filled.
Assessment of Prior Learning and Credit toward Program Requirements
Coursework older than six years will not be accepted for transfer credit. The university’s policy for acceptance of prior coursework is followed. Requests are reviewed on a case to case basis. Accepting prior experiences as it relates to supervised practice such as employment in areas such as WIC or Research is considered on a case to case basis depending on the intern’s job description and formal written acknowledgement from the work supervisor. Thus, work history is considered on an individual basis.
Application of Prior Leaning must be filled out in entirety to be evaluated by the DI Director.
- Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis annually until the allotted amount of seven (7) spots are filled
- Applicants are selected by the DI Director based on some or all of the following:
- GPA, a letter of intent, previous work experience and letters of reference (as well as the possibility of phone or face-to-face interview)
- No Match Form from D&D Digital or Transcripts of Nutrition related Doctoral Degree
- Applicants can apply for Prior Learning Credit towards Program Requirements
“Florida State ISPP program gave me the opportunity to continue my path towards becoming an RD in a completely individualized dietetic internship while still having the guidance and resources that FSU offers. It allowed me to really focus on the areas of nutrition I am interested in while still gaining well rounded experiences”
-Erika Collette, Class of 2021