Saint Louis University’s combined Master of Science/Dietetic Internship is a 14-month program designed to train students to become competent entry-level dietitians and provide preparation for the dietetic registration examination while earning a master's degree.
Upon completion of the internship, students will receive their master’s degree and
are eligible to sit for the national registration exam. The DI is currently granted
accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
(ACEND). Beginning at the end of June with two online courses, the internship program
provides a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice rotations in a variety of
health care facilities in St. Louis and surrounding areas. There are approximately
15 rotations in the SLU dietetic internship. Each rotation lasts one to three weeks
and focuses on an aspect of dietetics practice related to a specific disease/condition,
life-cycle stage or population group.
SLU’s dietetic internship accepts 34 interns annually. Applicants may apply to one or all internship concentration areas. Applicants should submit only one DICAS application regardless of whether they are applying to one or all concentrations, but a separate personal statement letter for each concentration is required. If you are applying to more than one concentration, please upload one personal statement letter into the main body of the DICAS application. The personal statement letters for additional concentrations for which you are applying can be uploaded into the supplemental materials section of the DICAS application.
Dietetic internship concentrations include:
- Culinary Entrepreneurship
- Medical/Nutrition Therapy Capstone Option
- Medical/Nutrition Therapy Thesis Option
- Medical/Pediatric Nutrition Capstone Option
- Medical/Pediatric Nutrition Thesis Option
- Nutrition and Physical Performance Capstone Option
- Nutrition and Physical Performance Thesis Option
All dietetic interns must be admitted to the Doisy College of Health Sciences graduate education program and are considered full-time graduate students with all rights and privileges. Interns must maintain a minimal grade point average of a B- in each graduate course with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 to remain in the graduate program. The courses are taught on SLU’s campus in the evening following the assigned clinical rotations.
- Rabia Rahman, PhD, RD, LD, Dietetic Internship Director
- Anthony Breitbach, Ph.D., ATC, FASAHP, Interim Chair
- Daniel Brewer, MS, RDN
- Ivis Forrester, Ph.D., MPH, RDN, CSP
- Lori Jones, PhD, MPH, MS, RD, LD
- Kathleen Kress, MS, RD, LD
- Lauren Landfried, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
- Whitney Linsenmeyer, Ph.D., RD, LD
- Edward Weiss, Ph.D.
Registered dietitian/nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities, as well as in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries. You may also work in a school, hospital or commercial kitchen, catering, or in nutrition and culinary services.
Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements for entrance into the dietetic internship:
- A bachelor's degree in dietetics, nutrition or related area with verification of completion of an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program within five years of application
- Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum GPA in major of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test results are optional to submit. If submitted, desirable scores of 150 in both verbal and quantitative sections and 4 in the writing section within five years of application.
When requesting GRE scores from ETS, use the following coding:
Saint Louis University code: 6629
Nutrition code: 0214
Applicants will need:
- Three letters of recommendation. Two should be from college professors/instructors, and one should be from a work supervisor. Please choose professors/supervisors who can adequately assess your abilities to perform in a dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian. When completing the DICAS application form, you must include the name and email address for each reference. This will initiate an email message requesting online completion of a reference form. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472. They will be scanned and included in your online application.
- A personal statement including professional interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. qualifying you as a good candidate for the SLU dietetic internship, as well as which concentration(s) you wish to study. A separate personal statement is required for each concentration and should be uploaded to the supplemental materials section in the DICAS application. DICAS will require the personal statement to be 1,000 words or less.
Applicants must also register online for computer matching with D&D Digital and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline dates
posted online. There is a $50 computer matching fee. Please use the following D&D
Digital codes when applying:
Medical/Nutrition Therapy: 170
Nutrition and Physical Performance: 168
Culinary Entrepreneurship: 750
There is no application fee for the SLU dietetic internship program.
A phone or Zoom interview may be conducted by one or more members of the selection committee. The interview will last 20 to 30 minutes and will cover the following topic areas:
- The different roles in dietetics and the areas of practice
- Your interest in becoming a dietitian and your career goals
- Your expectations of this internship
- Your attributes that make you a strong candidate for our program
Additional information regarding the phone interview process will be provided to applicants
upon receipt of the application.
The applications to the dietetic internship and graduate program are separate processes. The application for the graduate program should be initiated after the applicant has been accepted into the internship. There is a $65 graduate program application fee. The graduate program application can be completed online.
Applicant matching results will be posted on D&D Digital on appointment day. This is the only source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either one match or no match after login. All applicants who receive one match will find the matched DI program name and contact information to accept the appointment. Matched applicants must contact the DI program on notification or appointment day to confirm acceptance of the match. No arrangements should be made with any other DI programs.
Matched applicants to the SLU dietetic internship must contact the Dietetic Internship Director Rabia Rahman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm acceptance of the match. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.
Final transcripts, DPD verification and the dietetic internship admission fee must be submitted prior to beginning the internship program.
The purpose of this option is to offer qualified SLU undergraduate dietetic and DPD
students the opportunity to apply for admission into the SLU dietetic internship/master’s
program during their senior year and be granted direct admission into the program
upon final acceptance and successful completion of the Bachelor of Science and DPD
Students will commit to taking part in the SLU dietetic internship the year following undergraduate completion and bypass the computer-matching application and selection dietetic internship selection process.
Criteria for current SLU students:
Students currently enrolled at Saint Louis University who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the pre-select admission option during their senior year and/or after completion of “Advanced Nutrition” (DIET 3850):
- A minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA)*
- A minimum of a 3.4 GPA in the core Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)**
- A grade of C or better in DPD coursework
- Completion of the core upper division nutrition courses (DIET 4100 and DIET 4150 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II) at Saint Louis University
Students who have transferred into SLU’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics are
eligible to apply for the pre-select admission option after completing a minimum of
two full-time semesters at Saint Louis University, in addition to meeting the other
criteria listed above.
*Undergraduate and graduate coursework will be considered in the cumulative GPA.
**DPD GPA will be calculated using the courses outlined on the Pre-select Admission Option form.
- Attend the pre-select interest meeting in the fall to review the admission requirements and discuss the application process.
- Complete the Saint Louis University Pre-select Admission Form during the fall semester of your senior year, and no later than Jan. 10 for preadmission for the following year. Forms are available from the pre-select adviser.
- Complete the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Supervised Practice Application Form during the fall semester of your senior year, and no later than Jan. 10. Forms are available from the pre-select advisor (Whitney Linsenmeyer) and on the DIET 3890 Blackboard site.
- Three letters of recommendation using the standard Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Waiver and Recommendation Form are required from SLU faculty and/or other professionals who can attest to your academic and/or professional attributes and support your application for the pre-select program. Please submit each reference letter in a sealed envelope with the signature of the person submitting reference on the envelope closure as part of the application packet.
- Letter of Application(s)/personal statement(s) including professional interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. that support(s) your candidacy for the SLU dietetic internship and aptitude for a the specific track(s) should be included. A separate letter of application is required for each concentration. This letter should indicate to which track(s) you are applying. You may apply to all concentrations and prioritize your choices on the pre-select admission form.
- Statement of intent to complete a DPD must be included in the pre-select application and a verification statement of DPD completion must be submitted by Aug. 1 of the internship year.
- A résumé listing prior work experience, honors, awards and other relevant data should be included in the pre-select application packet.
- The completed application packet must be submitted to the dietetic internship director no later than Jan. 10 for pre-admission into the dietetic internship class for the following year.
- Completed applications packets can be hand-delivered to the Department of Nutrition
and Dietetics or mailed (postmarked deadline Jan. 10) to:
Internship Selection Committee
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Doisy College of Health Sciences
Saint Louis University
3437 Caroline Street, Room 3076
St. Louis, MO 63104-1111
Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or rejection into the dietetic
internship program no later than Jan. 15 prior to the scheduled program year. Failure
to complete academic and graduation requirements will compromise internship admission.
Students notified of acceptance who decide to participate in computer matching, pursue other educational/career options or postpone the internship should do so by Jan. 15 before the scheduled internship year, with written notification to the dietetic internship director and, if applicable, should notify D&D Digital to participate in computer matching.
The applications to the dietetic internship and graduate program are separate processes. The application for the graduate program should be initiated after the applicant has been accepted into the internship. There is a $40 graduate program application fee. The graduate application should be submitted online. Learn more about SLU’s Master of Science in nutrition and dietetics.
SLU's supervised practice program (dietetic internship) is currently granted full
and continued accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition
and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside
Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Registration and state licensure can be obtained from the completion of the program and Registration Examination for Dietitians. For information on dietetic registration, certification and licensure refer to the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.
Program outcome data available upon request. Please contact Program Director Rabia Rahman at email@example.com.
Saint Louis University Mission:
The pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and the service of humanity.
Doisy College of Health Sciences Mission:
Rooted in Jesuit ideals, the Doisy College of Health Sciences serves humanity through education, research and engagement.
Saint Louis University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Mission:
To thrive in a community that promotes and seeks truth about food and nutrition. Woven into the fabric of the community are multifaceted educational pursuits to promote food-centered culture for health and wellness, scholarly exploration, and an appreciation of the global and ecological community in which we exist.
Saint Louis University Dietetic Internship Program Mission:
To prepare the graduate to assume an entry-level position as a registered dietitian nutritionist in the provision of evidence-based care.
The Dietetic Internship promotes self-directed learning, self-assessment for professional advancement, and collaborative opportunities to prepare graduates for emerging jobs in the profession. The Program is designed to develop competent practitioners dedicated to service of others and to the profession. The academic courses and supervised practice experiences provided during the internship prepare the intern for entry-level dietetics practice with diverse patient populations.
The Goals of the SLU Dietetic Internship coincide with the mission of the University, which promotes the acquisition and application of knowledge and service to others and the profession. The program goals are outlined below:
Goal 1: To prepare graduates to assume entry-level positions as registered dietitian nutritionists in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health through academic coursework, supervised clinical practice, and community exposure.
Measurable Program Objectives:
1.1: At least 80% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian
nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
1.2: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
1.3: At least 80% of employer surveys returned will report average or above average satisfaction with graduate’s preparation for entry level practice.
1.4: At least 80% of alumni surveys returned will report that graduates “strongly agree” or “agree” that the program adequately prepared them for an entry-level position.
1.5: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 85% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
1.6: At least 80% of program interns will complete the program and degree requirements within 22.5 months (150% of program length).
Goal 2: Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to utilize critical thinking in the application of evidence-based science in assessing and treating individuals and populations.
Measurable Program Objectives:
2.1: 100% of dietetic interns will achieve satisfactory or better in all supervised
2.2: 100% of all dietetic interns will earn a B- or better in all graduate courses.
2.3: At least 80% of alumni surveys returned will report that graduates “strongly agree” or “agree” that the program fostered critical thinking and provided the necessary clinical skills to provide evidence-based care.