Food and Nutrition Services -   Dietetic Internship

    Letter from Director

Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your inquiry concerning the Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC).  This institution, one of the largest university-owned teaching hospitals in the nation, has conducted a dietetic internship since 1923.  The UIHC Dietetic Internship Program is a challenging 10-month post-baccalaureate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-0040, ext 5400.  ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper.  This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice.  The UIHC dietetic internship program is in compliance with Accreditation standards and is accredited through December 2017.

 The concentration of the internship program is medical nutrition therapy; however, the program offers experience in management, clinical, research, and community experiences.  This design allows the dietetic intern to achieve entry-level knowledge and skills in all areas of dietetics.  The program also provides nine hours of graduate credit in the College of Public Health and Carver College of Medicine to make it an intensive program.  Following completion of the internship, the graduate credit earned may be applied toward an advanced degree.

 Upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship, the graduates receive a Verification Statement making them eligible to sit for the registration examination to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).  Once the RDN credential is attained, the dietitian nutritionist is eligible to apply for state licensure (if required by state).

 Over the past five years, the first-time pass rate for the registration examination for our graduates has been 95%.  As graduates of the UI Hospitals and Clinics Dietetic Internship, your status to prospective employers is very high.  Many of our graduates have gone on to be leaders in the dietetic profession including those who have served as president of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 The UI Hospitals and Clinics and Department of Food and Nutrition Services are committed to making this internship a very dynamic program.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions after reading the materials. 

Laurie Kroymann, MBA, RDN, LD
Dietetic Internship Director