Post-Baccalaureate Distance Dietetic Internship Program

Welcome to the University of Northern Colorado's innovative, nationwide Dietetic Internship program. This program, established in 1995, is unique in being the first to base the learning structure on a distance education model. You can complete the program without relocating.

This distance-offered Dietetic Internship is designed to accept up to 30 interns per year. Students, with the program director’s guidance, will select the facilities where they will complete their practice experience and will play a role in the design of their own program of study.

The Dietetic Internship, offered by the UNC Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Dietetics (KiND) through UNC Extended Campus, begins each Summer term.

Innovative and ACEND-Accredited Internship

 We encourage you to visit the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Dietetics (KiND) website for more detailed information and additional resources including...

  • More detailed information on the course of study and costs for the program
  • Important dates
  • Available areas of concentration
  • Preceptor information

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ACEND Accreditation

This internship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Dietetics and Nutrition Education (ACEND, formerly CADE) with The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

ACEND Announcement

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree (in any field) in addition to the current requirement of a verification statement from an ACEND accredited dietetics program. More information: 

Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Student Option Scenarios

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Internship Oversight: Students, with the program director’s guidance, will select the facilities where they will complete their practice experience and will play a role in designing their program of study. Although each intern has their own program of study, all of the Required Competencies and Assignments must be completed by all interns.

Academic Courses: In addition to oversight of your internship requirements, this program provides credit hours of academic coursework, completed online at the beginning of the internship, followed by a mandatory online orientation. The courses are designed to orient you to the program standards of practice and to ensure that you have the resources to attain competence in each area of practice.

For more information about the Required Competencies and Assignments, program schedule and areas of concentration, visit the curriculum information on the KiND website.

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.

For full program requirement details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

Combine the Internship with an MS Degree

The Dietetic Internship is also available as part of a Dietetics MS degree (for those who have already completed an approved-DPD program and who want to combine their internship with a graduate degree).

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Additional Resources

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; Phone: 312-899-5400.