Admission Requirements


  1. Verification Statement: Demonstrating completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements provided by your DPD Program Director, which is submitted through DICAS. Applicants who have not yet graduated or completed DPD requirements at the time of application must have a Declaration of Intent to Complete submitted by his/her DPD Director. An original Verification Statement must be provided directly to the Internship after a match to the Program.

  2. Bachelor's Degree or Higher: From a US regionally-accredited college or university or a foreign equivalent. Transcripts are submitted through DICAS.  Original transcripts from the college or university from which you received your highest earned degree (showing the date it was awarded) and a transcript showing the completion of your DPD courses must be provided directly to the Internship after a match to the Program. These may be two different transcripts or one, depending on your individual situation.

  3. Negative Background Check and Negative Drug Screen: All matched Interns will be required to undergo a comprehensive Background Check immediately after a match to the program. Acceptance will be conditional based on the outcome of the background check. All matched Interns will be required to undergo a drug screen after acceptance into the program at a random date to be determined by the program prior to the start of rotations.

  4. You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident.


  1. Competitive Grade Point Average and Grades:
    An overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and grades of B or higher in all DPD courses.
  2. Work/Volunteer Experience:
    400 total hours or more of nutrition/dietetic/food related volunteer and/or work experience over the past 5 years.
  3. Recency of Experience:
    Applicants with a Verification Statement issued 5 or more years ago or with a recently issued statement for academic work completed more than 5 years ago, should have dietetics related coursework or experience during the past 2 years.
  4. Preceptors Identified
    APPLICANTS WHO HAVE IDENTIFIED PRECEPTORS for the full 8 week CLINICAL Rotation and for 4 weeks of one other rotation by February 15, 2017 and whose preceptors have completed the online preceptor information form found under the Preceptor Information tab on our website. This form is proof that a Preceptor has committed to precept you. Preceptors for the first three rotations must be identified by March 15, 2017.

*The Admission Committee welcomes insights into any obligations or challenges faced during your undergraduate years that may have impacted your grades or other circumstances. This information should be included in a supplemental letter of explanation which can be uploaded to the Priority Nutrition Care Program Application.

How Are Interns Selected?

Applications meeting the criteria above, or viewed as competitive (meaning they may not meet the criteria exactly, but appear to be potentially successful candidates), are reviewed by the Program Director and Application Review Committee, and scored according to the criteria described above. Applications are then reviewed again and additional information discussed by the group and ranking decisions made. Interviews are NOT part of the process but you could get a call for clarification of information.