Ball State’s full-time dietetic internship is designed to prepare you for successful practice as a professional dietitian nutritionist. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), successful completion qualifies you to sit for the exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Mission: The mission of the Ball State Dietetic Internship Program (IP) is to prepare competent entry-level dietetic practitioners that meet or exceed the ACEND-required competencies. The competencies are to be achieved in an ethical manner following the Code of Ethics, the Scope/Standards of Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
*Program outcomes data is available upon request.
You must complete 9 hours of graduate credit at Ball State before beginning your internship. Six of those 9 hours—including FCFN 642 - Nutrition Assessment—must be completed within the Department of Nutrition and Health Science), and you must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Ball State is the only university in Indiana that offers 9 credit hours for completion of a dietetic internship.
Two dietetic internship classes are offered each year—one beginning in January and one beginning in May. After a week of orientation, each intern will complete 30 weeks of supervised practice, followed by four days of evaluation activities in the final week. All interns are expected to work 40-hour weeks during their supervised practice, which will be broken down as follows:
Your internship can take place at various sites throughout Indiana; to determine your placement, our site selection committee will use your input, work experience, and career goals.
You will be eligible to take the exam after you've:
Download our dietetic internship program handbook (PDF), and contact dietetics internship director Lydia Ballenger for more information.
If you’re ready to apply for Ball State’s nutrition and dietetics program, learn more about the process.
Ball State University’s Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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