Becoming an RDN
How the internship fits into credentialing process
Those who have at least a bachelor’s degree and a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Program are eligible to apply for an internship.
Those who successfully complete the ISU Dietetic Internship Program which includes completing a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice will receive the DI Verification Statement which establishes eligibility to sit for the national standardized exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Those who successfully pass the exam may use the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential. Once RDN credential is obtained, state licensure may be applied for where applicable.
To be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDN) exam, you must possess a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement and a Dietetic Internship (DI) Verification Statement. For information on achieving the DPD Verification Statement see the ACEND® website for details.
Each intern must complete the full-time ISU DI by the end of 9 months scheduled over the academic year. The internship is fast-paced with all required supervised practice hours and learning activities designed to be completed within that 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 9 months up to 13.5 months (150% of original 9 month plan). Decisions to extend the intern’s time are made on individual basis by the program director with input by intern’s instructors and preceptors.
ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Both DPD and DI Dietetic Programs are fully Accredited through December 31, 2025.