About the Idaho State University Dietetic Internship (DI)

ISU Health Professions Mission - Dietetic Internship

Mission Statement

The mission of the ISU Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is to provide a supervised postgraduate practical experience that exceeds the performance requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which prepares interns for successful completion of the registration exam and entry-level practice.


The Idaho State University Dietetic Internship is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy Of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995.  Phone: 800-877-1600.

Program Goals & Outcomes

Program Goal #1:  Prepare interns to become professionally competent registered dietitians through a comprehensive supervised practice experience.

Outcome measures:

  1. Ninety percent of interns will complete the program.
  2. Ninety percent of interns who complete the program will take the exam within 1 year of completion.
  3. Ninety percent of interns who take the RD exam will pass during the first year.
  4. Mean registration exam scores will be greater than or equal to the national average.
  5. Ninety percent of working RD’s will be satisfied that the DI program adequately prepared them for careers in dietetics.
  6. Ninety percent of RD’s will receive satisfactory ratings from employers.

Program Goal #2:  Develop effective and self-reliant professionals who are committed to lifelong learning.

Program Goal #3: Provide ongoing - education and communication with preceptors to enhance quality of professional practice in Idaho.

1. Offer a minimum of 1 session of continuing education units (CEU) to preceptors each year.

2. 90% of preceptors will feel value by ISU faculty.

3. 90% of preceptors feel they gain valuable information by being a preceptor

Outcome Measures:

  1. Interns will rate the session on CDR Professional Development Portfolio as useful or higher greater than or equal to 80%.
  2. Ten percent of the alumni will seek graduate degrees, obtain specialty certification or have a leadership role in a professional organization.

Dietetic Internship Program in Brief

The Dietetic Internship (DI) Program provides for supervised experience in clinical, community, and administrative dietetics leading to a certificate of completion. Graduates of the Dietetic Internship Program will be eligible to take the National Registration Exam for Dietitians.

Program Eligibility & Admission:

  1. Candidates must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics), or Food and Nutrition and have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements as established by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrtion and Dietetics.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission.
  3. Seventeen (18) students, eight (10) in Pocatello and eight (8) in Meridian will be admitted to the program with the April computer match, with a start date in August. Two of the interns accepted to the internship in Pocatello will complete their rotations in Twin Falls, Idaho.

NOTE: Enrollment in the Idaho State University Didactic Program in Dietetics and/or fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the Dietetic Internship Program.

New students are admitted to the Dietetic Internship Program during the fall semester. Candidates should submit all application materials no later than February 15th for admission the following fall semester. If February 15th falls on the weekend or holiday, the application is due by the next business day. A $50 non-refundable fee will be charged for processing applications.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209