Dietetic Internship Program
We are located at the award-winning Medical University of South Carolina, the south's oldest medical school in historic Charleston. We prepare interns to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for the national RD exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
MISSION AND GOALS:
Our mission is to prepare entry-level dietitians using evidence-based clinical, food service, and public health nutrition experiences to interns from diverse backgrounds while serving the community. Our program goals include 1) preparing graduates with knowledge and skills to be competent dietitians and 2) building leadership and public advocacy among the dietetics workforce, particularly in South Carolina.
We offer a non-credit, non-degree certification program resulting in a 'Verification Statement' required to sit for the RD exam. This internship is an on-site, post-baccalaureate (or post-graduate) program for eligible DPD graduates. We accept 10 interns per year for this 10.5 month (44-45 weeks), 1200+ hour, full-time supervised practicum commencing every August (applications accepted every February).
This internship is comprised of over 22 rotations in 15 different healthcare settings under the supervision of 40+ qualified preceptors. We pride our internship for its large variety of diverse experiences and training opportunities.
We are pleased to offer two concentrations: "Community Nutrition Promotion" and "Clinical MNT" concentration. Read more about our curriculum offerings and our application process to either or both concentrations.
The path to becoming a "Registered Dietitian" is systematic. Applicants for this internship MUST have (or will have prior to our Fall start date) 1) a bachelor's degree at minimum (in any field), AND 2) successful completion of an ACEND-accredited "Didactic Program in Dietetics" (DPD). A DPD consists of at least 2-3 semesters (depending on courses already taken) of "hard" science prerequisites and core nutrition courses to prepare students for a dietetic internship such as this one. MUSC does not offer a DPD (none in Charleston area), but you can search for traditional and online/distance DPD programs here. DPDs CANNOT be replaced by any other training or certifications, such as nutrition degress from non-ACEND accredited program, personal training or human performance training, culinary certification, etc. More details on eligibility are described here.
We successfully meet program goals. For instance, 99% of graduates have passed the RD board exam (96% passing upon first attempt). Approximately 85% of graduates seeking a professional career as a Registered Dietitian after graduation found jobs within 3 months. Of those who found careers, over 35% actively practice in South Carolina, a state prevalent in hypertension, diabetes, and stroke. After working in the field for 1 year, 90% of employers of our graduates (and graduates themselves) feel this program trained them appropriately for entry-level practice. Finally, over 75% of our graduates become leaders in their field by actively participating in local, state, or national nutrition and healthcare organizations. Data supporting these outcomes can be made available to students, parents, and educators upon request.
Browse this web site, watch our VIRTUAL TOUR (note: produced before we decided to offer a community nutrition promotion concentration), attend our ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE (date and location TBA--typically week before Christmas break), or read why past applicants chose this program. Candidates may also schedule an individual appointment, in-person or phone, with the Director with at least 2 weeks notice: