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The ISU MS/DI is fully accredited through 12/31/2026

Graduate Teaching Assistants

For the MS/DI class of 2024-2025, ISU has three (3) openings for paid Graduate Teaching Assistant positions. For more information, contact:

Char Byington, MEd, RDN, LD
Department Chair/Director, Dietetic Internship/Clinical Associate Professor
Garrison Hall, Room 620
(208) 282-3091

Our Mission

Prepare caring and competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who collaborate with other health professionals through coursework and a supervised practice experience that exceeds the performance standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Discounted Tuition for Residents of Western States

Two programs provide in-state tuition for residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming:

  • Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waivers (NRTW)

To apply for these discounted tuition programs, contact the ISU Graduate School.

Note: To qualify, students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the department and institution concerned, and meet all admission deadlines. Students need not demonstrate financial need.

 Why ISU? Highlights of the Master of Science / Dietetic Internship Program

Master of Science
  • Combined Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship
  • Students must apply for both the Masters and the Internship 
  • ISU's program culminates in an MS in Nutrition and DI Verification Statement
  • The MS/DI program is ACEND-approved
Internship Components
  • Community nutrition concentration, interns also rotate through clinical and foodservice sites
  • Internship sites include medical centers, long-term care facilities, local health departments, local school districts, diabetes centers, dialysis centers, and out-patient clinics
Number of Positions
  • Eighteen (18) internship positions
  • 8 interns are in placed in Pocatello and surrounding areas
  • 2 interns complete rotations in Twin Falls and surrounding areas
  • 8 interns are based in Meridian/Treasure Valley and surrounding areas
Selection Process
  • Meet all admission requirements; GRE not required
  • Applicants are primarily ranked according to grade point average (minimum 3.0), work experience and references
  • Finalists are selected for a 15-20 minute interview
Internship Length
  • 16-month, 4-semester program—fall, spring, summer, fall
  • Fall (August through mid-December), Spring (mid-January through mid-May), and Summer (late-May through August)
  • In extreme circumstances, an intern's timeframe may be extended up to 24 months (150% of the original 16-month plan)
Time Requirement
  • About 40 hours-per-week are spent in rotations; hours for coursework vary
  • Travel time for practicums has not been included, but some rotations are 20-50 miles away
  • Some semesters interns are solely in coursework; other semesters is a combination of coursework and practicum
  • Hybrid coursework model (classes may require students to go to a distance learning classroom, access video conferencing software remotely, or work online as an autonomous, self-directed learner)
  • An additional 20 hours-per-week are usually required for preparation and completing assignments

Graduation and Program Completion

  • Passing each semester requires completing all coursework with a grade of B (3.0 or higher) and finishing all rotations with at least a satisfactory grade (S)
  • Interns receiving satisfactory grades in rotations/courses and completing a minimum of 1,000 hours supervised practice receive a Master of Science in Nutrition and a Dietetic Internship Verification Statement
  • Application for ISU graduation deadline is early September of the final fall semester (ISU Graduation Information: Graduate School Checklist)
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the national registration exam

Master of Science / Dietetic Internship

The Master of Science in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) Program provides a combined graduate degree and supervised experience in clinical, community, and administrative dietetics. After completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised practice and required graduate coursework, as well as the fulfillment of other program requirements, MS/DI graduates are eligible to receive a verification statement and take the national registration exam for dietitians.

All applicants to the combined ISU MS/DI program must apply for both the Dietetic Internship and Master in Nutrition. Thus, applications must be submitted through both DICAS and the ISU Graduate School. No exceptions will be made.

Currently, 18 seats are offered on two ISU campuses (Pocatello/Twin Falls and Meridian). Interns complete over 1,000 hours of supervised practice in many healthcare and community settings.

The MS/DI is a full-time, 16-month, four-semester program (fall, spring, summer, and fall). Students rotate through the program with an established group of other MS/DI candidates. During their first fall semester, MS/DI students focus on coursework. In the remaining three semesters, students engage in a combination of practicum rotations and graduate coursework.

The Master's coursework is offered in a hybrid model. Classes are 100% online. Some require students to go to a distance learning classroom; others offer remote access via video conferencing software.  In addition, some classes are self-directed, requiring students to work autonomously. Online courses require students to have the following supported technologies: reliable computer; reliable Internet connection (Broadband connection highly recommended); web browser (Mozilla Firefox highly recommended); soundcard with microphone and headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended); webcam (optional in some courses, but required for online proctoring); additional software may be required by your instructor (e.g. Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.).

The practicum part of the program provides approximately 1,240 hours of "hands-on" educational experience. Interns can expect to spend 40 hours per week in rotations, with additional time required for completion of practicum assignments, coursework, and some travel opportunities.  Each intern must complete the DI by the end of 16 months scheduled over the academic year.

The MS/DI program is fast-paced with all required supervised practice hours, coursework and other learning activities designed to be completed within the specified time frame. In extreme circumstances which might include medical emergency or the need for educational remediation, an intern’s individual learning time frame may be extended beyond the 16 months up to 24 months (150% of original 16-month plan). Decisions to extend an MS/DI student's time are made on an individual basis by the program director with input from the student’s advisor, instructors, and preceptors.

Program Eligibility and Admission

  1. Candidates must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, or related field AND have earned a verification statement by completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements as established by ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. A minimum DPD grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission.

The ISU MS/DI program has eight seats in Pocatello, two seats in Twin Falls, and eight seats in Meridian.  We participate in the spring match and the Twin Falls seats are included with Pocatello in D&D Digital for a total of 10 seats available.  Meridian's eight seats are matched separately in D&D Digital.  Applicants can apply to Pocatello/Twin Falls only, Meridian only, or both.  

The Graduate School application is separate from the DICAS application and an offer of admission into the Graduate School does not indicate a guaranteed match to the internship.   Matched students will indicate acceptance of admission to the graduate program after match day in April.

At ISU We Pride Ourselves in Training the Next Generation of RDNs

Goal 1
Program graduates are professionally competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists through a comprehensive supervised practice experience

Goal 2
Prepare program graduates to be caring registered dietitian nutritionists who promote collaboration within their practice setting

Goal 1 Objectives:

  1. At least 80% of program interns complete program within 24 months (150% of program length).
  2. Of graduates who seek employment, 75 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  3. 90% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists 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. 90% of working RDNs over a five-year period will be satisfied that the MS/DI program adequately prepared them for effective entry-level careers in dietetics.

Goal 2 Objectives:

  1. 50% of graduates over a five-year period will participate in professional organizations within the first year following graduation.
  2. Of those employers who respond to the survey, 90% of employers will rate program graduates’ preparation for entry-level practice as satisfactory or higher.
  3. 50% of employers over a five-year period will rate program graduates’ collaboration within their employment setting as satisfactory or higher.

Program outcomes data
are available on request, email

Total Dietetic Internship Experience = 1,240 TOTAL HOURS

Pocatello/Twin Falls Campuses: Rotation Sites

Food Service Management

Idaho Falls Senior Center
Portneuf Medical Center (Pocatello)
School District #25 (Pocatello)
School District #93 (Idaho Falls)
State Hospital South (Blackfoot)
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Twin Falls)       

Clinical Nutrition

Eastern Idaho Medical Center (Idaho Falls)
Portneuf Medical Center (Pocatello)
St Luke's Regional Medical Center (Twin Falls)

Long Term Care

State Hospital South Long Term Care (Blackfoot)

Various health care facilities (Pocatello)

Various health care facilities (Twin Falls)


Community Nutrition

Eastern Idaho Public Health - WIC (Idaho Falls)

Southeastern Idaho Public Health - WIC (Pocatello)

Idaho Kidney Center (Pocatello/Idaho Falls)

Mountain View Hospital Oncology (Idaho Falls)

Portneuf Medical Cancer Center (Pocatello)

Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center (Idaho Falls)

DaVita Kidney Care (Twin Falls)

Idaho Kidney Center (Twin Falls)

South Central Public Health - WIC (Twin Falls)

St Luke's Diabetes Education (Twin Falls)

St. Luke's Tumor Institute (Twin Falls)

 Meridian/Treasure Valley Campus: Rotation Sites

Food Service Management

Create Common Good (Boise)
School Lunch Program/ Boise and Meridian Schools

St Luke's Regional Medical Center (Boise)

Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (Boise)



Clinical Nutrition


St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise)
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Nampa)
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Ontario)
St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center

St Luke's Nampa Medical Center

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Boise)

Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (Boise)

Community Nutrition

Boise State University (Boise)

Central District Health (Boise)

DaVita Kidney Care (various Treasure Valley locations)

Idaho Nutrition Associates (Boise)

Southwest District Health (Caldwell)

St. Alphonsus Diabetes Care & Education (Boise/Meridian)

St Alphonsus Outpatient Services (Boise)

St Luke's Humphries Diabetes Center (Boise/Meridian)

St. Luke's Cancer Institute (Boise/Meridian)

Long Term Care

Aspen Transitional Rehabilitation (Meridian)
Idaho State Veterans Home (Boise)
Skyline Transitional Care Center (Boise)

The MS/DI in Nutrition is 36 credits with the supervised practice rotations contributing 9 credits. Transfer credits may be awarded for the electives (maximum 8 credits), but not core courses. Advisor approval is required. Students should follow the graduate school policy and form for transfer credit requests

Online courses require students to have the following supported technologies:

  • Reliable computer
  • Reliable Internet connection (Broadband connection highly recommended)
  • Web browser (Mozilla Firefox highly recommended)
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam (optional in some courses, but required for online proctoring)
  • Additional software may be required by your instructor (e.g. Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.)

 Masters of Science in Nutrition with Dietetic Internship (Public Health Emphasis)

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

 NTD 6609

Seminar for Dietetic Interns: Held the week before classes start, this is a one week course scheduled Monday-Friday for 8 hours per day. All Dietetic Interns must travel to Pocatello to attend this required course in-person.


 NTD 6610 

 Current Topics in Nutrition


 NTD 6620

 Nutritional Epidemiology


 NTD 6622

 Maternal, Infant and Child Nutrition 


 NTD 6624

 Nutrition and Aging


 NTD 6640

 Research, Writing and Grantsmanship


 NTD 6645

 Capstone Project I


 NTD 6650

 Capstone Project II


 NTD 6655

 Dietetic Internship Practicum I                                                                     (Supervised Practice Rotations


 NTD 6656

 Dietetic Internship Practicum II
 (Supervised Practice Rotations)


 NTD 6657

 Dietetic Internship Practicum III
 (Supervised Practice Rotations)


 MPH 6660

 Health Behavior Change Theory and Application



 Total Credits 


The culminating activity for the MS Nutrition is a Capstone Project.

Capstone Project: A scholarly activity, requiring students to write, present and defend their project. It consists of all of the following components:

  • Selecting a case study patient from one of your first- or second-semester rotations.
  • Conducting a review of the research literature on the case study patient’s condition.
  • Evaluating the research studies identified in the literature review using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Center/Library (EAC/EAL) process.
  • Writing a 6-10-page literature review.
  • Preparing a presentation of the case study including the literature review, case description and nutrition therapy provided based on the Academy’s Nutrition Care Manual.
  • Successfully presenting and defending the capstone project.

Together, the written literature review, oral presentation and defense represent the final evaluation.

The table below lists the estimated fees of the MS/DI program expenses (actual costs may vary).  Many students apply for financial aid and scholarships to help with these costs.


Students placed in Pocatello may choose to live on campus or in a variety of off-campus sites. In Boise and Twin Falls, no university housing is available.


Each student should have his or her own car or, at least, access to one during the practicum part of the program. Some rotation sites are up to fifty miles away (e.g. Pocatello to Idaho Falls).

Liability for safety in travel to and from assigned rotation sites will rest on the individual MS/DI student. In no way do Dietetic Programs or Idaho State University assume liability for students for safety in travel to and from assigned rotation sites.

 Estimated Program Costs



ISU Graduate School Application (fee for Grad School and fee for program application combined)


Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees*

Dietetic Internship Fee

$3,414(subject to change)**

Shoes (flat, rubber sole)


Books and Supplies


Malpractice Insurance

$5 per semester

Health Insurance

proof required

Academy Student Membership


Health Screen, Drug Panel Test(s), Immunizations and background checks


American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers


Meetings (ID Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pocatello Dietetic Association)






Internet service


Additional Costs


ISU school year general lot parking permit (optional)


RDN Review Course 


Graduation application fee


Typhon Group Student Account


MyClinicalExchange Subscription


*Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Idaho State Board of Education.

**Student fees are charged only during the practicum portion of the MS/DI program (Spring, Summer and final Fall semesters). Fees are made in three payments, $1,089 is due during each of these three practicum semesters.


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Idaho State University’s 
Dietetic Internship is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics of the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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