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How to Apply

All application materials should be postmarked by mid-February to be considered for admission.  Contact the department for the exact deadline date.  Late applications may not be reviewed after this date.  Applicants must provide:

  1. Application for Admission: The program participates in the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) process. More information including submission deadlines and fees can be found at http://portal.dicas.org.
  2. Supplemental Application for Admission: The Supplemental Application is required and is available here.  A $40.00 non-refundable application fee is required and must accompany the supplemental application.
  3. Official Transcripts: Official transcript(s) of all college work must be submitted to DICAS.
  4. Official GRE Score Report: Use institutional code number 6146 to have scores sent directly to the College of Health Professions.
  5. Official Verification or Intent to Complete Statement: An official verification or intent to complete statement from the program director of the applicant’s Didactic Program in Dietetics must be submitted to DICAS.
  6. TOEFL scores, if applicable. See International Applicants in the Admission/Academic Information section of the catalog.
  7. References: Three letters of reference must be submitted to the DICAS System.  An e-mail message will be sent to the references requesting them to complete an online form. At least one reference letter should come from a college professor or major advisor.  Other references may include employers and/or other professional references.
  8. One-Page Resume: Resumes must be uploaded to the DICAS System.  Include paid and volunteer work experience.  Experience in hospital dietetics is desirable but not required.  Include extracurricular activities, honors, and awards indicative of a well-rounded lifestyle.
  9. Personal Statement: Applicants must enter a personal statement of 1,000 words or less into the DICAS System. The following items should be addressed:
    1. Why you want to enter the dietetic profession
    2. The areas in your previous experiences that have helped prepare you for a career in dietetics
    3. Your short and long-term career goals
    4. Your strengths and weaknesses or areas for improvement
    5. Other information you consider relevant to the selection committee’s decision making.
  10. National Computer Matching Program: The Internship program participates in the national computer matching of dietetic interns. Applicants must complete the online registration through D & D Digital to participate in the computer matching process. Information may be obtained from the applicant’s undergraduate dietetic advisor or directly from D & D Digital Company, 304 Main Street, Suite 301, Ames, IA 50010-6140. Telephone: (515) 292-0490, Fax: (515) 663-9427, http://www.dnddigital.com/.

Master of Science students seeking admission to the Dietetic Internship program must use the Dietetic Internship application process.  That is, acceptance to the Master of Science program does not ensure admission to the Dietetic Internship program.

Application Checklist. For a printable application checklist, Dietetic Internship Checklist.

Physical Exam

It is a requirement in the Internship that prior to their first semester’s registration, dietetic interns admitted must submit proof of a physical examination using the UAMS Physical Examination Form. This examination is used by the Student and Employee Health Service to verify required immunizations and to establish a baseline for treating illnesses occurring after admission.

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.