About the Program

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The dietetic internship program consists of a 40-week, full-time, experience with a minimum of 40 hours scheduled per week. Interns are required to enroll in 12 hours of graduate course work that includes clinical and administrative supervised practice experiences.  Fourteen students are accepted into the internship program each year.

The program is jointly sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Affiliations with a number of hospitals, school food services, and clinics in the central Arkansas area provide experiences that supplement and complement those received at the primary training sites.

Successful completion of the program requirements qualifies the graduate to apply for the national registration examination through The Commission on Dietetic Registration. Upon successful completion of the examination, the graduates become Registered Dietitians (RD) and eligible for state licensure. Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure registration or licensure. Each student is responsible for familiarizing himself/herself with the applicable registration and licensure requirements.

The following are required for an applicant to be considered for the program: 1) bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, 2) successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics academic program, 3) cumulative GPA ≥ 2.7, 4) math/science GPA ≥2.0, and 5) nutrition/dietetics GPA ≥3.0.  Preference will be given to students with an overall GPA ≥3.0 and math/science GPA ≥2.5 and those who have work or volunteer experience in a healthcare setting.

General Information

Fourteen dietetic intern positions are available each year. Please refer to the “How to Apply” section of the Web site for an explanation of program requirements and the selection process.

Interns enroll in 12 hours of graduate credit. A minimum of 40 hours per week is spent in the classroom and at program training facilities. Additional time is required to complete assignments and projects.

Interns may concurrently apply to the UAMS Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) Program; however, acceptance into the MSCN Program is independent of the Dietetic Internship (DI) Program. Thus, acceptance into the Dietetic Internship does not ensure admission to the MSCN Program. Interns accepted into the MSCN program can transfer the 12 credits from the DI Program to the MSCN Program. Please refer to the “Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition (MSCN)” section of the Web site for more information about the MSCN Program.

*Students pursuing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Dietetics and Nutrition are considered to be full-time students in the College of Health Professions (CHP). The UAMS Catalog is considered the primary catalog for all students in the program. All provisions (including grievance procedures) in the UAMS Catalog and the CHP Student Handbook are the authority applicable to students pursing the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Dietetics and Nutrition.

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic aptitude
  • Dietetics achievement
  • Math and science achievement
  • Personal and professional endorsement
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Written communication