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.
Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives*
The mission of the Ball State Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists 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. The program will foster a culture of collaboration through inter-professional development and community engagement.
Goals and Objectives
- The program will prepare interns to meet or exceed the standards of entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
1.1. Ninety percent of the students who start the internship will complete the program within 72 weeks (150%) of beginning the program
1.2. Over a five-year period, 90% of program graduates are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion
1.3. Over a five-year period program graduates will achieve a pass rate of 80% or higher, for first-time test takers on the registration exam for dietitians
1.4. Over a five-year period, 80% of program graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following the first attempt
1.5. Following the completion of the program, 75% of the program graduates will agree that the internship prepared them for the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists
1.6. Over a five-year period, 80% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion
1.7. Over a five-year period 80% of employed graduates will rate themselves as prepared for entry-level positions.
The program will graduate a successful population of dietetic professionals that participate in community engagement.
2.1. During their first year of employment, 75% of employers will be satisfied in the preparation for entry-level practice of program graduates
2.2. Following the first year of program completion, 75% of program graduates will participate in community engagement
*Program outcomes data is available upon request.
Requirements and Timing
You must complete 9 hours of graduate credit at Ball State before beginning your internship. Six of those 9 hours—including NUTR 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:
- Nine weeks (360 hours) in hospital food systems management rotation
- 12-13 weeks (520 hours) in hospital nutrition therapy rotation (12 weeks for those attending the diabetes camp)
- Two four-week (320 hours) rotations in community/business nutrition
Site Selection and Exam Prerequisites
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:
- Completed 9 Ball State graduate credit hours earned through the dietetic internship supervised practice with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
- Completed the prerequisites of 9 graduate credit hours (6 of them from the Department of Nutrition and Health Science) with a grade point average of 3.0 (grade B) or better
- Received a verification statement of successful completion of the dietetic internship from the program director
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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