Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program

Why complete your dietetic internship at Missouri State?

  • You will have two unique community-based concentration areas to choose from so that you are able to help others in the community while pursuing your career objectives and positioning yourself to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Training in practicums with rural health clinics, hospitals, public school systems, and community organizations will prepare you for a variety of dietetic career paths.
  • You will receive one-on-one attention from our faculty who actively participate in research, clinical practice and community outreach programs.
  • We offer you international experiences where you can complete supervised rotations in another country from one week up to 13 weeks.
  • You will work with preceptors - professionals in the area - during your rotations to create, design and implement programs in the community.
  • You will complete rotations all located within a 110 mile radius of the University.

Take your education to the next level

As you complete this certificate, you'll meet the admission requirements for the nutrition and dietetics master's program. Having a master's degree increases your salary potential and career opportunities. Full-time graduate students admitted to this master's program who are not Missouri residents, may be eligible for the Missouri Outreach Graduate Opportunity (MOGO) Scholarship. This scholarship provides partial remission of out-of-state tuition.

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Choose from two unique areas of concentration


Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

120 South Riverside Plaza

Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: 800-877-1600 ext. 5400


Accreditation Status

The Missouri State University Dietetic Internship Certificate Program has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Questions regarding dietetics education may be emailed to Information also is available on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

CDR's Master's Degree Requirement

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Missouri State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information visit CDR's state licensure requirements web page.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN visit ACEND's information for students web page.