The Dietetic Internship Program at SFSU is part of the graduate Certificate in Dietetics. The dietetic internship provides the knowledge and practice requirements necessary to be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) examination. Interns will be placed in rotations in hospitals, long-term care/skilled nursing facilities, health clinics, community nutrition programs, and other health/community organizations in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area for supervised practice experiences. In addition to the internship portion of the program, interns take graduate level academic courses in nutrition on management, nutrition in the lifespan, research, and medical nutrition therapy. The Dietetic Internship Program at SFSU is a full-time, 11 month program, from mid-July through early June.
Only students who have completed or are near completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply for this internship. A DPD is typically an undergraduate degree in dietetics, although there are other tracks.
Please note that interns will need to be cleared by background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening prior to starting rotations. Interns will also need to obtain medical clearance to include, but not limited to, TB clearance (two-step PPD tests and/or chest x-ray), immunizations and titers showing immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and Hepatitis B, a TDap booster, a flu shot, and a satisfactory physical exam prior to starting rotations. All interns will need access to a vehicle for getting to rotations for the duration of the internship. Please do not apply to our program if you unwilling or unable to complete/meet all of these requirements.
For more information about our internship and for instructions on applying to the program, please refer to the following links:
- Overview and General Information
- Admission Criteria
- Estimated Costs and Financial Aid
- How to Apply
- Gainful Employment
- 2019-2020 SFSU Dietetic Interns
- Link to What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
- Link to Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
This is an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) program of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). A DI offers the practicum experiences and competencies required prior to taking the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Registered Dietitian (RDN/RD) exam which is given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Upon successful completion of this program and all its requirements, graduates receive a verification statement from the DI Director. Graduates are then eligible to sit for the RD exam.
The program submitted a self-study and had a re-accreditation site visit from ACEND in 2018-2019. The program has been re-accredited through 12/31/2026.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995
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