Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program - Oakwood University (2022)

The Distance Dietetic Internship Program (DDIP) at Oakwood University is a post-baccalaureate Distance Learning Certificate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The DDIP requires 1000 hours of Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management, and Community Nutrition. 

Interns are required to locate their own preferred Supervised Practice sites and preceptors. However, the program provides some assistance in obtaining sites and preceptors as needed.  Upon successful completion of the Distance Dietetic Internship Program, the interns receive a certificate. This qualifies them to take the Professional Registration Examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Successful passage of this examination allows interns to become qualified professional Registered Dietitians.

Interns who complete the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program will be proficient in the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use their knowledge of Nutrition and Dietetics to serve the community
  2. Practice Clinical Counseling Skills in Dietetics
  3. Use nutrition concepts in health promotion and disease prevention
  4. Practice the principles of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in an acute care setting
  5. Demonstrate a Christ-centered SDA worldview in Food and Nutrition-related activities


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The Oakwood University Distance Dietetic Internship Program (DDIP) prepares Dietetic practitioners to be entry level registered dietitian/nutritionists to serve in the fields of Dietetics and Nutrition. This provides didactic and experiential opportunities which enable interns to develop skills, demonstrate professionalism, apply knowledge, and work effectively to improve the quality of nutrition for the people they serve. This program prepares individuals to serve God and man and integrate faith and learning.

PROGRAM GOAL 1: Prepares interns how to become competent entry-level dietitians

Program objectives

  1. At least 80% of interns enrolled in the DI program m will complete all program requirements within 15 months. (150% of the time planned for completion).
  2. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  3. At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for the dietitians/nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  4. 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%
  5. Eighty-percent of employers will rate graduates as “3” or greater on a five-point Likert scale as being entry-level prepared.

PROGRAM GOAL 2: Program prepares competent dietetic practitioners how to use their knowledge of nutrition in serving diverse populations of the community.

Program objectives

  1. At least 50% of interns will be male or ethnically diverse.
  2. 80% of the program graduates will confirm the adequacy of program preparation to share knowledge of nutrition and dietetics, to the community.

*Information can be found in the DI Handbook.*Program outcomes data

*Information can be found in the Dietetic Internship Handbook. **Program outcomes data is available upon request.


DDIP (Distance Dietetic Internship Program)

Program Coordinator:

Distance Dietetic Internship Administrative Coordinator

Part-Time Assistance: Rachael Martin MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD

Email: or Email:

Office Manager: 256-726-7228

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Program Director: Nadine Dowdie MPH, RDN, LDN

Email or Email:

Phone: 256-726-7236

Office Manager

Phone: 256-726-7229

Fax: (256) 726-7232

Program Overview

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The Distance Dietetic Internship Program accepts thirty-five interns per year to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of Supervised Dietetic Practice within a ten-month period.

Interns are required to locate their own preferred Supervised Practice sites and preceptors. However, the program does provide some assistance in obtaining sites and preceptors as needed. Preceptors are mostly Registered Dietitians, and they complete an affiliation agreement with Oakwood University. Upon admission interns will be given access to former Oakwood University preceptors and affiliation sites in their chosen demographic area. However, they must be financially cleared to use this resource to secure preceptors and sites. These sites provide experience at various hospitals, food service institutions, long-term care facilities, public health and wellness facilities and other facilities. Then interns can begin rotations after the first week of orientation.

Accreditation Status

This program is accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association.

ACEND South Riverside, Plaza Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (telephone) 312-899-0040 x5400


*Program outcome data is available upon request.

Program Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements: Interns need to have a reliable internet connection; a computer with app capabilities, carrier, and microphone; phone access, either cell or landline; and access to a printer and scanner.

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Post baccalaureate certificate in Dietetic Internship Program

Program Length: 10 months

Students graduating on time

N/A* of Title IV students (those college students with Federal Subsidy as in financial aid) complete the program within 10 months.

*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of students.

Program Costs*

Program Cost

$12,000 for tuition and fees

$500 for books and supplies

*The amounts shown in LINK includes costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.

Note that this information is subject to change

Students Borrowing Money

The typical intern is eligible to receive Federal Student aid (Student Loans) to assist them with funding or an intern can pay their bill in the form of money order, cashier check, credit/debit card or cash.

The agreement, upon entering the program is to pay the full tuition, however it can be divided with payment made before each semester within the 10-month period, or payment arrangements can be made with student accounts or the cashiers office.

Graduates who became employed

Mostly are employed as Dietitians, Nutritionists and Dietetic Technicians in the following fields: (use link to see a detailed summary of jobs)

Licensure Requirement

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree* granted by a USDE recognized institution (or foreign equivalent)
  2. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

  1. Completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI).

*Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement will be a graduate degree granted by a USDE recognized institution (or foreign equivalent). For more information:

Oakwood Distance Dietetic Internship Program qualifies interns to sit for licensure exam in all states, however some states do not require it. ,​

5 Steps to Become an RDN


To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, a path of higher education is “a must”, as well as a dietetic internship from an ACEND-accredited program and passing the national registration examination. The pathway listed below is a common route many traditional students take, but it is not the only path to become an RDN.

The 5 Steps

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics, Coordinated Program, Future Graduate Program, Foreign or International Dietitian Education Program) Note, effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration. (Dietetic registration exam.) Oakwood University has a master’s prepared online programs.
  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program. Oakwood University Distance Dietetic Program is a Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway which is an option. Get matched to our program.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic registration exam.
  4. Gain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.
  5. MaintainContinuing Education.

Other Pathways to Become an RDN

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
Combine your degree with supervised practice. Why? Because baccalaureate students can apply to this type of program and begin supervised practice without going through Dietetic Internship Computer Matching. Coordinated Programs in Dietetics may result in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, depending on the program. Graduates of these programs are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Registration Exam.

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Career Changers
It’s never too late to make the switch to a career in dietetics. Individuals with a prior bachelor’s degree need to complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics and receive a verification statement. Those without a four-year degree need to complete a bachelor’s degree and receive a verification statement indicating completion of the didactic program in dietetics components prior to applying to the dietetic internship match.

International Students
RDNs have been trained in all corners of the globe. There are a few different ways for international learners to become RDNs — visitACEND to learn more.

*Beginning in 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an eligibility requirement to take the CDR dietetic registration exam.


2024 Graduate Degree Requirement

Registration Examination Eligibility Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement to be approved for eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. This decision was made by the Commission on Dietetic Registration based on the recommendations of the Council on Future Practice Visioning Report (2012). Elevating entry-level RD requirements to the graduate degree is consistent with the level of education required to gain the knowledge, skills, and research base required in the field of nutrition and dietetics for entry-level practice and is necessary to protect the public. Please see CDR’s list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), policy rationale, scenarios, and important deadlines (

Registration Eligibility Processing System Deadline

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 REPS before midnight (Central time), December 31, 2023. CDR staff will process submissions received between December 23-31, 2023, from January 2-5, 2024. Graduates need to be submitted to CDR for eligibility by the deadline above to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, it is not necessary that they take or pass the examination by January 1, 2024. Once eligible, a candidate should refer to the Handbook for Candidates regarding exam scheduling policies and reauthorization. Individuals who are either currently registered or currently examination eligible and individuals who become eligible before January 1, 2024, will not be required by CDR to acquire a graduate degree. Please refer to the FAQ or email if there are any questions


I wanted to reach out to update you all on our (almost) family of 5, and thank everyone at Oakwood for the support they showed us through this whole process. The prospect of doing a distance program did not seem easy and setting up the rotations was not the easiest; however, I know this was God’s path and it led me to be able to do everything I needed to do to become an RD. Thank you all and God bless!
-DeirdreTimm, RDN and co.

Thank you for all the extra time you took to go over questions. I appreciate your support. Krista Baehler

I am happy to inform you all, that I passed my RD exam yesterday! Thank you so much for all your guidance, support, and prayers. With gratitude. Briana Harper MS, RD.

“Words could never express how honored I was to be select into the Dietetic Internship Distance Certificate Program at Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama. It was everything I dreamed of and hoped for, in a Dietetic Internship. The moment I stepped onto the oakwood University campus; I knew it was the right place for me. It has an organized initiative present to empower its students to make healthy choices; it is a real lifestyle approach.” -ShLanda Burton, North Carolina.

I passed my (RD) exam! I am so thrilled! I want to thank you all again for your support, flexibility, and encouragement during the internship. Since my company was paying for me to do this, I had to complete it on their terms – the flexibility you provided was outstanding, and I couldn’t recommend your program enough.Michaela Rowland, NY

Application Requirements


How to Apply

  • Apply to DICAS
  • This program uses the on-line centralized internship application process (DICAS).
  • Accessible at or email for customer service. Telephone number: 617-612-2855.
  • DICAS will be available after December 1, 2021, for the Spring Match.
  • The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59pm. Central Time on February 15, 2022, this is Phase 1 matching.
  • Phase II Post Matching/second matching April 6th closes June 15th.
  • The fee to use DICAS IS $50.00 for the first application submitted and $25.00 for each additional applications for school sites.
  • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended should be sent to DICAS-Transcript processing, PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02471.
  1. Register with D & D Digital
  • Opens December 1, 2021
  • Applicants must also register online for computer matching at and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 pm. Central Standard Time) on February 15. There is a $55.00 Computer matching fee.
  • Phone number: 515-292-0490,

3.Apply to Oakwood University

  • To apply to Oakwood University at:

Complete and return to: Distance Dietetic Internship Program, Nutrition and Dietetics Department no later than February 15th of each year for phase 1, or by April 6th Phase II.

  • Mail $100.00 Money order to: Oakwood University, Distance Dietetic Internship Program, Nutrition and Dietetics Department, 7000 Adventist Boulevard, Huntsville, AL 35896 (Money order of a $100.00 is a processing fee made payable to Oakwood University).

4.Academic Requirements

  • Unofficial transcripts: Clinical Nutrition 1 & II (Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 & II) and Food System Management classes must be recently taken within three years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet

Biochemistry and Advanced Nutrition (Macronutrient/Micronutrient/Metabolism) classes must be currently taken within four years with B grades or better before submitting the application packet.

  • If your grades in the above classes are lower than B, please retake the courses for the remedial classes (es) at the graduate and undergraduate level if you choose to apply at Oakwood
  • The grade should be a B or better to apply at Oakwood. The average for support sciences courses (Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) are required to be no less than B.
  • If these requirements are not met, please discuss with the program director for additional related dietetic coursework.
  • Passing grade on the prequalifying exam (75%) – exam will be taken after Oakwood has received your application packet.
Program Completion Requirements
    • Attend the mandatory one-week orientation on the campus of Oakwood University or virtually during the pandemic.
    • The Distant Dietetic program requires 1000 Supervised hours in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management and Community Nutrition.
    • Prior learning experience can be applied towards supervised hours. See handbook page 6 & 7.
    • Pass all program exams by at least 75%, Community, Clinical (Medical Nutrition Therapy), Food Service and Exit.
    • Submission of an E-Portfolio
    • Tuition and fees paid in full
Pathway Options


FULL TIME: Normal Program Length 42 weeks includes holidays & vacations

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Program Cost
  • Financial information can also be located in the Dietetic Internship Handbook on page 11.
  • Additional information contact: Cashier 256-726-8429, Automated System 256-726-7791, Financial Aid 256-726-7210
  • Download Fee Chart
Internship Forms


Updated Dietetic Internship Student Handbook Revised Sept. 2019
Sample of Rotation Schedule Oakwood University DIP (2)
Oakwood University Academic Calendar

DIP Checklist and Important Dates 2021 -2022
DDIP Program Calendar




DI Preceptor Handbook 2022

Preceptor CPEU Information


Preceptor Resource Link

Please note this statement in the back of the Preceptor Handbook: ACEND provides training materials on strategies to recognize and monitor biases and reduce microagressions and discrimination. Access those resources here: inclusion

Contact Us

Program Director: Nadine Dowdie, MPH, RDN, LDN
Email: or
Direct Line: 256-726-7236

Distance Dietetic Internship Administrative Coordinator Part-Time Assistance: Rachael Martin MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD

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Office Manager: 256-726-7228


How can I increase my chances of getting a dietetic internship? ›

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  1. Be strategic during your undergraduate experience. ...
  2. Make connections with your undergrad professors. ...
  3. Get experience. ...
  4. Take an extra year after undergrad before applying to an internship. ...
  5. Follow the instructions. ...
  6. Submit the best personal statement. ...
  7. Stellar interview.
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How competitive are dietetic internships? ›

It's not easy applying and matching to dietetic internship programs. Thousands of applicants apply each year but the dietetic internship match rate is 60%. Each year, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics releases dietetic internship match rate statistics.

How do distance dietetic internships work? ›

A distance dietetic internship allows the interns to train in the geographical region of his/her choice. Because of this, the application process requires additional components. Distance Track applicants are responsible for securing their own rotation sites and preceptors for all supervised practice experiences.

Do all dietetic internships do interviews? ›

While not all dietetic internship programs conduct interviews, the majority of programs do. And the benefit of applying to programs that do conduct interviews is if you receive an interview, you know if you're being considered for a spot in the program.

Is studying dietetics hard? ›

Nutrition and Dietetics is an incredibly hard, and science-based degree. You have to work hard to get through it as you can't fake it. If you're not good at science or maths, be prepared to get a tutor to help you and work hard. Nutrition has a really high drop out rate because it's so hard.

How hard is the RDN exam? ›

The exam can seem overwhelming, but let's break it down. The RD exam is a grueling test that really tackles your critical thinking skills. I spent about a solid month studying for it, putting in a few hours each day. I know many people who had success studying for just 1-2 weeks, and some that needed more time.

How do people afford dietetic internships? ›

They could be federal student loans, private student loans, or personal loans. Ask the program directors which loans are available to you during the internship.

How do you get matched to a dietetic internship? ›

The DI match is the process in which DI applicants are "matched" to one of the internships they apply to. Applicants apply through DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service) and D&D Digital runs the match. The match occurs two times each year. There is a Spring Match and a Fall Match.

What makes a good dietetic intern? ›

Strive to improve yourself, not prove yourself.

After all, the internship is intended to be a learning experience. “Always be inquisitive. Don't be afraid to ask questions. You'll get a lot more out of a learning experience if you question things,” says Kate Chury, RD of

Will dietitians be needed in the future? ›

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In recent years, interest in the role of food and nutrition in promoting health and wellness has increased, particularly as a part of preventative healthcare in medical settings.

How should I dress for a dietetic internship interview? ›

Your dietetic internship interview is not the time to wear a fashion statement shirt or try walking in heels for the first time. Wear something professional and neutral. The last thing you want to worry about during the interview is how tight your waste band is or that your shoes don't fit.

What do you wear to a dietitian interview? ›

Business dress is expected for an in-person interview. Even if the position allows the dietitian to wear scrubs, make sure to dress professionally for the interview. Wear minimal jewelry and keep large tattoos covered.

What is the required Rdn internship rotation length for nutrition support? ›

The clinical rotation is 12 weeks total. A minimum of 8 weeks must be scheduled in a hospital (inpatient acute care). The hospital should have a daily patient census of at least 100 and should have at least 2 full-time RDs on staff.

How can I apply for RD internship in India? ›

The 6 months RD internship needs to be done in a multi-specialty hospital which follows the competency package listed on the IDA website. Note: In case any other clarification is needed, please refer to IDA website regarding internship, training, competency package, certificate, RD Exam etc.

Do dietitians make good money? ›

Generally, dieticians earn a significantly higher salary than that of a nutritionist. Starting salaries are around £26,000 to £40,000 per year for dieticians, with an average salary of £33,150 . The progression towards becoming a dietician is, therefore, often very appealing to nutritionists.

Can a dietitian salary increase? ›

Dietitians have promising career paths

The average job growth rate for this industry is 11% through 2028 according to the BLS. That's more than double the growth rate of 5% for all occupations combined.

Are dietitians in demand? ›

The demand of dietitian is very high in India or in other countries. Today everyone is health conscious or wish to be fit and healthy. For this, they generally contacts the dietitian to summarize their meal into good diet.

How many people fail the RD exam? ›

Everyone that sits for the RD exam has faced the reality that they may not pass. And not everyone does pass the first time! The latest pass rate from 2019 data was 70%, so 30% of first time test takers don't initially pass. See for yourself here.

What is the lowest score you can get on the RD exam? ›

Scores are scaled 1-50, where 25 is the minimum required to pass.

How many questions can you miss on the RD exam? ›

In order to receive a passing or a failing score report, the candidate must complete between 125–145 questions. During the examination, if the candidate does not respond to the minimum of 125 questions (for whatever reason), he/she will receive a failing score report.

What is dietitian internship? ›

As per Indian Dietetic Association (IDA), clinical dieticians are trained professionals who handle medical nutritional therapy. The internship period of either 3 months or 6 months is going to help the candidate as follows: Assessment of patients' nutritional status. Determining nutritional needs of patients.

What if I dont get matched for a dietetic internship? ›

After finding out you didn't match to a dietetic internship, send the program director an email telling them you appreciated being considered as a candidate and intend on applying to their dietetic internship again. This would also be a good time to ask for feedback on how you could be a stronger applicant next year.

What should I ask a dietetic internship director? ›

Dietetic Internship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • How long is your program?
  • What is the concentration of your program?
  • How is the Dietetic Intern's time scheduled?
  • Do you schedule classes during the internship?
  • What are joint classes?
  • What projects are scheduled during the year?

What is a didactic program in dietetics? ›

A Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) refers to an academic program designed to meet the knowledge requirements for dietetics practice. It must be located in a College or university recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and requires completion of a degree.

What to know before starting a dietetic internship? ›

Here is my best advice for anyone in or about to start their internship.
  • Treat every day like a job interview. Dietetics is a very small world and the job market is competitive. ...
  • Be patient. ...
  • Be thankful. ...
  • Take notes. ...
  • Take the initiative. ...
  • Don't gossip. ...
  • Dress the part. ...
  • Keep copies.
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How do I prepare for a clinical rotation dietetic internship? ›

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What is an intern preceptor? ›

Preceptors help student interns develop the expected entry-level competencies by guiding their supervised practice and by providing constructive feedback regularly.

Which is better a nutritionist or dietitian? ›

In the United States, dietitians are certified to treat clinical conditions, whereas nutritionists are not always certified. This article outlines the differences between nutritionists and dietitians, including their training, what they do, and insurance coverage.

Is nutrition a good career? ›

' bogs down to the fact that it is a highly lucrative and well-paid job. A dietitian salary in India is quite high when one has achieved high prominence and excellence in the field. Here is a list of professionals who are highly paid when it comes to careers in nutrition and dietetics: Certified Nutrition Specialist.

Is becoming a dietitian worth it? ›

Job employment of dietitians is expected to increase by 9% over the next decade, making it a promising chosen career. Dietitians serve many roles in their community from working in hospitals administering care to patients to serving nonprofits providing nutrition advice to the general population.

Is dietitian a doctor? ›

Some hospitals call their registered dieticians 'clinical nutritionists' to emphasise that they are not just laying out diet charts, but are also involved in counselling patients in disease management. It's important to understand that dieticians are not doctors, but allied healthcare professionals.

Do dietitians make meal plans? ›

Many dietitians develop customized nutrition plans for each client to promote healthier eating habits. Dietitians not only create meal plans for their clients, but they also provide education and knowledge on how to make appropriate food choices in any situation.

Is dietitian a stressful job? ›

Dietitians have one of the least stressful careers out there. However, they do occasionally have to deal with intense situations. Anyone who just found out that they have a disease and need to change their eating habits isn't going to be especially pleased with the dietitian telling them such things.

What are the disadvantages of being a dietitian? ›

Cons: While there's so much you can do, it also isn't easy. For me, building a private practice and social media presence took serious work. And not just like, “oh, that was a hard week.” It's taken years of hard work to build to what it is now, and still is building every day.

Are dietitians in demand? ›

The demand of dietitian is very high in India or in other countries. Today everyone is health conscious or wish to be fit and healthy. For this, they generally contacts the dietitian to summarize their meal into good diet.


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