Dietetic Internship (Certificate in Dietetics)


The Dietetic Internship Program at SF State 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, COVID vaccination, 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:


  • 96% passed the credentialing exam within 1-year of program completion..
  • 69% found employment in the nutrition/dietetics field within three months of program completion, and 98% found employment in the field within 12 months of program completion.
  • 86% were employed in the Bay Area one year after program completion (rest were employed outside of the Bay Area, mostly in Southern California).


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/registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/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 [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/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 about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RD/RDN click here


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 12/31/2027.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone 800-877-1600 ext 5400

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