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Dietetic Internship

Last revised:  July 15, 2021

PLEASE RETURN TO OUR WEBSITE IN EARLY AUGUST FOR UPDATES ON POSSIBLE FALL 2021 MATCH CYCLE OPENINGS

VCU InternshipOur Dietetic Internship is a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Minimum requirements for entrance to a dietetic internship include a baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. accredited college/university or foreign equivalent, and completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum. After successful completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI), graduates are eligible to sit for the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Our Dietetic Internship is a hospital-based program at a large, urban, regional referral and teaching institute, VCU Medical Center. VCU Medical Center is located on the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in Richmond, VA.

This Dietetic Internship is a 10.5-month program with a total enrollment of 16. One class of eight begins in early August and graduates in late June, and one class of eight begins in January with a December graduation.  During the Spring Match cycle, applicants have the option to apply to the August start date, or the January start date, or both (ranked by preference). Therefore, all 16 Dietetic Intern positions may be filled during the Spring Match cycle. After the Spring Match, if positions are still available for the January start date, the program will participate in the Fall Match cycle to fill remaining openings. For each of the two program start dates, six applicants are selected to complete the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) concentration and two are selected to complete the Food and Nutrition Management concentration.

Centralized Application Procress: The internship at VCU Medical Center participates in DICAS (Dietetic Internship Central Application System). This requires that your application be submitted through a central application portal. The ACEND website provides additional information regarding the centralized application process. The deadline for application is February 15 for the Spring Match and September 25 for the Fall Match. Prospective applicants to this program should refer to Application Information and Admission Information for important details.

Pre-Select Option: Beginning with the Spring 2022 Match Cycle, this internship will participate in a pre-select option. Four of the 16 openings will be reserved for students who are in the process of completing the Master of Science in Human Nutrition DPD Plus Partner Dietetic Internship track at Drexel University. This pre-select option does not require participation in the DICAS centralized application process. For more information, please visit the Drexel University website.  

After reviewing the remaining pages of the Dietetic Internship website, additional inquiries can be made by contacting the Program Director:

Jana Boston, PhD, RD, Director
Dietetic Internship
jana.boston@vcuhealth.org

While this website provides the official and essential information regarding the program, you may also wish to view our Facebook page to see examples of recent activities and accomplishments of Dietetic Interns, program graduates, and preceptors.

For further information regarding how to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and accredited programs, refer to the ACEND website http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend, or contact ACEND at:

Mail: ACEND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone:  (800) 877-1600, ext.5400

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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.