If you have a bachelor’s degree in a nutrition-related field or have completed the requirements for a didactic program in dietetics and you’d like to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), you’ll need to attend an accredited Dietetic Internship as part of a national accrediting process. Keene State’s Dietetic Internship is accreditated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). This program meets exam requirements set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and graduates are eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian upon successful completion of all program requirements.
Keene State College’s Dietetic Internship is unique in its focus on community nutrition education, and wellness. Whether your goals for a career as a Registered Dietitian veer a bit off the conventional path or you hope to land a traditional position in clinical nutrition, the Keene State College Dietetics Internship may be for you. Our graduates hold jobs in hospitals and institutional food service, with the WIC program, Cooperative Extension and corporate wellness, in private practice, and more.
What is the Dietetic Internship at Keene State?
The Dietetics Internship is an 11- to 18-month program for people who have bachelor’s or master’s degrees in a nutrition-related field and who can provide verification that they have completed the Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) coursework.
It combines rotations working in community wellness, food service management and clinical settings with master’s-level coursework. Courses follow the academic calendar while supervised practice rotations are completed year round. Like all of the approximately 250 dietetic practice programs in the county, we are required to offer a particular focus. Ours is community nutrition, education, and wellness; we are also unique in that we provide diverse dietetic training while offering interns an individualized program and a flexible schedule.
Who applies to the Dietetic Internship?
Internship candidates are women and men who would like to become Registered Dietitians (RDs). Successful completion of the program satisfies one requirement of earning the RD credential – completing an ACEND® accredited supervised practice program – and helps prepare students for another requirement, passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Why become a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitian (RD) credentials qualify food and nutrition specialists for careers in health-care facilities as nutritional counselors and educators, in institutions like schools and hospitals as food service managers, in community and public health settings, in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries, in nutritional research, in private practice as consultants and educators, and more.
How does the application process work?
Applying to the program is a multi-step process. Because we are part of a national accreditation process, we use Dietetic Internship Computerized Application Services (DICAS) for the application. A supplemental application is sent directly to the Keene State Dietetic Internship. This allows candidates to apply to more than one program. Applicants also must sign up with D&D Digital which will allow them to rank their choices by preference. We let DICAS know which applicants we think are good fits for the Keene State Dietetic Internship, and the application services matches students to programs across the country, using a computerized process.