COMBINED MS NURTITION/DIETETIC INTERNSHIP
The combined Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) program at the University of Delaware provides graduates of a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) with advanced knowledge of nutrition and metabolism, research methods, critical thinking skills, as well as an opportunity to engage in methods, implementation and interpretation of nutrition research, and to acquire competencies needed to practice dietetics in a variety of settings, in one seamless program. In line with the missions of the University, the College of Health Sciences, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, the MS/DI values high-quality education of students, service in the community, and participation in professional organizations.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) at the University of Delaware will be proficient entry-level practitioners across all areas of nutrition care including clinical, food service, and community dietetic roles. Students are expected to operate independently with high levels of professionalism and integrity both during the MS/DI and throughout their careers. The knowledge and skills gained through successful completion of the MS/DI will allow students to successfully pass the registration examination for dietitians.
Completion of the MS/DI track is expected to take 2 years, with students completing 27 graduate credits towards the Master’s degree during Year 1 of the program, consisting of fall semester, winter session, spring semester, and summer session. During Year 2, students will complete at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice and 4 online graduate credits. Upon successful completion of the MS/DI track, each student will receive a verification of completion certificate and be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians in order to receive the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential. In addition, the Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics will be conferred upon successful completion of all program requirements.
Note: As of January 1, 2024, all individuals wishing to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians will be required to have earned at least a Master’s degree.
In many states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Information on licensure/certification requirements can be found on the CDR website. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship at the University of Delaware are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.
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