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Admission Information

Admissions Committee

Centralized Application Process: Selection for the Dietetic Internship is decided by an Admissions Committee after review of the DICAS application materials. Members of this committee consider grade point average, related work experience, references, and the personal statement, as well as other aspects of the DICAS application.  The personal statement should answer all questions on the DICAS application form. In addition, applicants should identify the reasons for applying to the VCUHS Dietetic Internship and the concentration selected. Prospective applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are not encouraged to apply to our program. Successful candidates applying to our Dietetic Internship usually have a GPA of at least 3.2.

Pre-Select Option: Students completing the Master of Science in Human Nutrition DPD Plus Partner Dietetic Internship track at Drexel University, will complete and submit an internal application, as instructed by their Drexel DPD Director (also see Application Information. The Internship Selection Committee will rank applicants and submit the ranking to the Drexel DPD Director by a designated date in mid-January. Four internship slots at VCUHS are reserved for Drexel students applying in this manner. Drexel students who match to the VCUHS Dietetic Internship must call (804) 828-9108 or send e-mail to Jana L. Boston, PhD, RD, by January 28 by 6 p.m. EST to accept the match.

Personal interviews are not conducted in our selection process. You are welcome to tour the hospital, and meet faculty and current interns, but the fact of your visit is not included in your application credentials. Alternatively, virtual meeting can be requested (This may be the only option during the COVID-19 pandemic). Requests for a tour or meeting should be e-mailed to:  Jana L. Boston, PhD, RD

Acceptance of Computer Match

Applicants who have been matched to the Dietetic Internship are to call (804) 828-9108  or send e-mail to Jana L. Boston, PhD, RD, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, to accept the computer match on the designated appointment date.

Pre-Admission Medical Information, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Screening 

Human Resources will complete a background check, and incoming interns will need to complete a pre-employment physical and drug screening. An immunization form will be sent after selection into the program. This should be completed before coming to Employee Health for the pre-employment physical.  You will be provided with detailed instructions on how to meet these requirements prior to the start date.

Program Fee

There is a $1,800 non-refundable program fee that is due after acceptance to the program. The Program Director will send fee submission instructions upon acceptance into the program.

DPD Verification Statement and Official Transcripts

An original DPD Verification Statement and final official transcripts must be received by the Program Director prior to starting the program.  The transcript must indicate the name of the degree and date conferred. The Program Director will provide instructions for mailing these items upon acceptance into the program.

AND Membership

Dietetic Interns are required to maintain membership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics throughout the program, and must show proof of membership during orientation. As a Dietetic Intern, you are eligible for student membership status.

Insurance Requirements

Dietetic interns are required to maintain personal health/medical insurance of their choosing throughout the internship. Health insurance is not available to dietetic interns through VCU or VCUHS.