How to Apply

All application materials should be postmarked by February 15 to be considered for admission.  Late applications will not be reviewed after this date.  Applicants must provide:

  1. DICAS 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
  2. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  The deadline for this application is the same as the DICAS deadline.  A $40.00 non-refundable application fee is required and must accompany the OAA application.  On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    -Academic Career: Graduate
    -Campus: Main UAMS Campus
    -Term: Fall
    -Academic Program: College of Health Prof GRAD
    -Admit Type: Applicant
    -Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
    -Academic Plan: Dietetic Internship POST-CERT
    -Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  3. Official Transcripts: Official transcript(s) of all college work must be submitted to DICAS.
    NOTE: If you are admitted to the Dietetic Internship program, you will also need to provide official transcripts to UAMS reflecting completion of your degree and any courses that were in-progress at the time of the DICAS verification deadline.
    NOTE: Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript. Students who believe they would have earned an A or B in a required prerequisite, particularly medical nutrition therapy and science courses, are encouraged to request a brief letter from the professor who taught the course attesting to the student’s high performance in the course. These letters can be submitted with the student’s application and do not replace the three letters of recommendation.
  4. Official GRE Score Report: Use institutional code number 6146 to have scores sent directly to the College of Health Professions. 
    NOTE: In response to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, some academic institutions are waiving requirements for the GRE for applicants. Our Dietetic Internship program has elected to continue the requirement for the GRE for Fall 2021 admission. ETS is now offering the opportunity to take the exam at home. Please visit their website for more information. 
  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:
    • Why you want to enter the dietetic profession
    • The areas in your previous experiences that have helped prepare you for a career in dietetics
    • Your short and long-term career goals
    • Your strengths and/or areas for improvement
    • 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,

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.

**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.