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Dietetic Internship

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Program Mission

The mission of the WKU dietetic internship is to prepare competent entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who assume leadership roles within their profession and are engaged citizens in their communities.

Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent, entry-level dietitian nutritionists or professionals in fields related to dietetics.

  • At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 22 months (150% of the program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program's one year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • 80% of employers surveyed will rate program graduates average or above on the employer surveys.

Goal 2:  The program will encourage graduates to be professionally involved and to assume leadership responsibilities in the dietetics profession and their communities.

  • 60% of responses from program graduates will indicate membership in one or more professional organizations.
  • 80% of program graduates are maintaining RDN status.
  • 50% of program graduates will attain dietetics leadership roles, management positions, project/program oversite duties, and/or be entrepreneurs within 5 years of graduating.

* Bold lettering indicates outcomes required by ACEND.

Accreditation Status

The Western Kentucky University Dietetic Internship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. For information on dietetic program accreditation, refer to: http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND

 Program Description

The Dietetic Internship (DI) (Program #0451) is a Masters/Dietetic Internship combined program with a concentration in Business Leadership.  Dietetic interns will enroll in the Dietetic Practice Graduate Certificate program and the Master’s in Business Administration program.  The Dietetic Interns upon graduation will have fulfilled the requirements necessary to be eligible to take the accreditation exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as well as graduate with a MBA.  

The DI and MBA is a part-time 15-month program.  The program will start in July with an intense 2 weeks of graduate level classes.  The 12 hours of dietetic curriculum will include 4 classes:

          HMD 583: Foodservice Systems Management (3)

          HMD 584 Community Nutrition (3)

          HMD 586 Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)

          HMD 587 Seminar in Concepts and Methods of Dietetic Practice (3)

Supervised Practice rotations will begin at the end of July/first of August and will end the following July/first of August.  Supervised practice hour expectations will be 24-30 hours per week.

Students will have rotations in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Community Nutrition, Foodservice Management, and Leadership.  The program includes: 1056 hours of supervised practice hours in professional work settings and 160 hours in alternate supervised practice experiences for a total of 1216 total hours of supervised practice hours.

The MBA program is a 30 credit hour program Accredited by AACSB International.  The MBA program has 21 hours of required courses as listed below and 9 hours of concentration electives.  HMD 583, HMD 586, and HMD 587 will be the 9 hours of concentration electives for Dietetic Interns. 

MBA Required Courses




BA 510

 Advanced Organizational Behavior


BA 511 

Applied Micro Economic Theory


BA 513

Information Technology & Data Analytics


BA 515

Managerial Accounting


BA 517

Advanced Marketing


BA 519

Advanced Managerial Finance

BA 590

Strategic Business Concepts and Applications





Total Hours




 Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives is available by contacting the internship director at: dietetic.internship@wku.edu .










Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program


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 Last Modified 1/21/21