About This Online Program
Welcome to the University of Northern Colorado's innovative, nationwide Dietetic Internship Program; a new method of fulfilling dietetic internship requirements. 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 online 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 their program of study.
This internship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Dietetics and Nutrition Education (ACEND, formerly CADE) with the American Dietetic Association.
The Dietetics Internship Program, offered by the UNC Dietetics and Nutrition Department through the Office of Extended Studies, begins each Summer. Students will be admitted once a year via a competitive admission process. Applications must be postmarked by Feb 15 each year. Applicants will be notified of decision by April 3.
We encourage you to visit the Dietetics Internship Program 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
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Course of Study
In addition to oversight of your internship requirements, this program provides four academic graduate credits. These credits are required courses to be completed online during the first two weeks of the internship, followed by a three-day orientation in Greeley, Colorado. The courses are designed to orient interns to the program standards of practice and to ensure that each intern has the resources to attain competence in each area of practice.
For more information about the program schedule and areas of concentration, visit the Dietetics Internship Program website.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
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 must be 3.0.
- If undergraduate GPA is below 3.0: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with minimum score of 800 (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.
- 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 370 - 400.
- 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 be employed full-time wherever they are employed, have not less than five years professional experience and be a member of the American Dietetic Association
- 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 American Dietetic Association or another appropriate professional organization.
- Other preceptors may be employed full-time or part-time
- For any preceptor having supervisory responsibility for the intern or verification of work completed, a Preceptor Application form must be submitted.
The Dietetics Internship Program, offered by the UNC Dietetics and Nutrition Department through the Office of Extended Studies, begins each Summer.
Students will be admitted once a year via a competitive admission process. Applications must be postmarked by Feb 15 each year. Applicants will be notified of decision by April 3.
The application process and necessary forms are available on the Dietetics Internship Program website.