School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

Dietetic Internship

The Arizona State University Dietetic Internship prepares entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for careers in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, health care agencies, government, food industries, restaurants, schools and private practice. Dietitians assist individuals and families in choosing food for adequate nutrition in health or disease throughout the life cycle, supervise the preparation and service of food in groups, develop modified diets and participate in nutrition research.

ASU offers four accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) tracks to students to prepare them to become professional Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN):

  1. Two-year combined Master of Science degree in Nutrition plus Dietetic Internship, open to any students in the United States.
  2. One-and-a-half year combined Master of Science degree in Nutrition plus Veterans Affairs (VA) Dietetic Internship, open to any students in the United States. Location options are at the Phoenix VA Medical Center or the Northern Arizona VA Medical Center in Prescott, AZ.
  3. Nine-month non-degree Dietetic Internship, open only to graduates of the ASU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
  4. A PhD-level Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) option that is only available to graduates of the ASU PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Science program. Please contact the ASU Dietetetic Internship Director for more information.

ASU’s Dietetic Internship program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext 5400, http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/.

Mission

The mission of the Dietetic Internship at Arizona State University is to develop entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have the skills necessary to transfer nutrition knowledge into actual application and high-quality practice. The program provides a strong core of dietetic experiences in which the interns will use knowledge gained in their undergraduate studies and graduate research to benefit the nutrition knowledge, health, and wellness of individuals and the community.

Program Goals

    1. To prepare high-quality Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for employment in entry-level positions.
    2. To prepare entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who will develop and implement nutrition education interventions to enhance the health and wellness of individuals and the community.

      Program outcomes data is available upon request.

Program Options

 MS-Degree TrackASU/VA MS-DEGREE TRACKWELLNESS (NON-DEGREE) TRACK
Interns accepted1066
Eligible applicantsAny graduate of an accredited
DPD program
Any graduate of an accredited DPD programASU DPD graduates only
Program concentrationResearchResearchWellness
Program locationSupervised practice at off-campus sites in the Greater Phoenix, AZ area. Graduate courses at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus and online.4 interns at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System for supervised practice, with
graduate courses at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus and online. 2 interns at the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System in Prescott, AZ for supervised practice, with graduate courses online.
Supervised practice at off-campus sites in the Greater Phoenix, AZ area. 
Graduate Credits required33316
Hours of Supervised Practice124713001312
Anticipated time for completion24 months16 months8 months
Schedule for completionYear 1: Two semesters of graduate courses and a research thesis project
Year 2: Supervised practice from mid-August to early April, with 3 weeks of holiday vacation in December.
Supervised practice from January to April of the following year at
the Phoenix or Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System. Internship rotations
are during the day concurrent with ASU graduate courses online or in the
evenings plus an applied research project. (Program is completed during a spring semester, 1 summer session, a fall semester, and another spring semester). Interns have about 1 month off in the summer plus 2-3 weeks of holiday vacation in December.
Supervised practice from 
mid-August to the end of April, with 2 weeks of holiday vacation in December.
Upon completion student receives...Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of DI completion + ASU Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition degreeAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of DI completion
+ ASU Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition degree
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics verification statement of DI completion
Application deadlineFebruary 15thSeptember 25thFebruary 15th
D&D Digital matching number203 576144
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