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Dietetic Internship (Non-Degree) – Eligibility

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, the student, sponsoring facility AND the preceptors must all meet certain requirements. TOGETHER they are evaluated for potential success.

Minimum requirements for the applicant include:

  • Completion of an approved / accredited undergraduate program resulting in a Baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/ university or a foreign degree equivalent to at least a U.S. baccalaureate degree.
  • Verification of Completion form or Intent to Complete form signed by DPD Program Director of college/university where dietetics courses were taken.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): Undergraduate cumulative minimum must be 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; graduate cumulative if you have attended graduate school must be 3.0.
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with minimum score of 286 (50th percentile) on the combination of the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. Proof of score is required. (Not required for combined undergraduate and graduate course GPA of 3.0 or higher, or with completed graduate degree)
  • E-mail address that is active throughout the internship experience, as well as internet access.
  • Exceptions to these minimum requirements may include:
    • Documented learning disability.
    • Combination of TOEFL scores of not less than 260 on the Computer-based test OR 600 on the paper-based test, to accompany GRE - Verbal scores of 144-146.
    • Exceptions will be considered and acceptance will be decided by the review committee.

Minimum Requirements for Preceptors:

  • Three "core" Preceptors must be registered dietitians
  • Core Preceptors must be able to document appropriate continuing education for the previous two years.
  • Preceptors must have adequate time to provide required supervision of the student.
  • Primary Preceptor (1) must have not less than five years professional experience and be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Secondary Preceptors (2) must be employed full- or part-time wherever they are employed, have not less than three years professional experience and be a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or another appropriate dietetics related professional organization.
  • Primary and Secondary Preceptors must be employed full-time wherever they are employed.
  • “Other” preceptors may be employed full-time or part-time and do not need to be RDs.
  • For any preceptor having supervisory responsibility for the intern or verification of work completed, a Preceptor Application form must be submitted.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

For this program, you do not need to submit financial documentation with your initial application. You will need to submit financial documentation about 6-8 weeks before you plan to arrive in the U.S. for your coursework (and again each time you travel to campus). The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can pay for the cost of tuition and living expenses for the days that you will be in the U.S. This is required before we can provide you with a DS-2019 form, which you will need when you apply for a J1 visa.

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Credits Required:
24 credits coursework including Internship oversight
Time to Completion:
8-14 months

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Off-Campus Coordinator:

Amy Baird


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