College of Education and Professional Studies

Dietetic Internship

This internship is designed to allow students to complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and a Master's Degree in one year. This 12-month program begins in January or June and comes to completion at graduation after three semesters (Spring, Fall, and Summer).

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science is structured to provide knowledge and skills in human nutrition, principles of management, food science, and practice in problem-solving and decision making. The curriculum encourages critical and creative thought, development of skills in human relations and communications and the value of life-long learning. The academic program is sensitive to changes in dynamic society; it emphasizes personal and professional growth as well as research. There are diverse opportunities for the graduate in the areas of food service management or education, administration, and nutritional care and health promotion.

The master's degree program is not required of dietetic interns, but interns are still required to complete 15 hours of graduate credit required beginning Fall 2019.  To earn the MS degree, an intern would complete an additional 17 hours of credit.


The dietetic internship strives to provide transformative learning experiences in the preparation of competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are prepared to meet the needs of the diverse communities they serve. 

Goals & Objectives

Goal 1:

Graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of graduation and be employed as registered dietitian nutritionists within 12 months.


  • “At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 18 months (150% of the program length)”.
  • “Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation”.
  • “80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion”.
  • “The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%”.
  • 70% of employers who participate in a survey will respond that the program graduate was prepared or well-prepared for entry-level employment.
  • 80% of alumni completing a graduate survey will rate themselves as prepared or well prepared for working in the field of dietetics.

 Goal 2: Graduates will be prepared in the development of skills to meet the changing needs of the profession


  • 80% of alumni completing a graduate survey will indicate participation in a professional organization 


Program outcomes data available upon request.

Concentration Area: Health and Wellness

About our Internship

The Nutrition and Food Science internship at The University of Central Oklahoma is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2910, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800/877-1600) Website: ACEND. Upon completion of this Dietetic Internship (DI), students are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

  • Consists of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences in various sites throughout the OKC metro area.
  • Complete 32 hours of graduate credit to obtain a Master's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science (optional).
  • Beginning Fall 2019, 15 hours of graduate credit will be required for a dietetic internship for those not earning an MS degree.


  • 3 Rotation Areas
    • Clinical Nutrition (10 weeks) at one of the various hospitals in the OKC metro area
    • Food and Nutrition Management (10 weeks) at one of the various hospitals or long term care facilities in the OKC metro area
    • Community Nutrition (10 weeks) at various community nutrition sites throughout OKC metro area

DI Curriculum

  • Required Graduate Classes
    • Counseling in Dietetics
    • Advanced Clinical Nutrition
    • Management of Nutrition Services
    • Nutrition Assessment
    • Internship: Nutrition/Food Science
    • Nutrition in Public Policy
    • Prenatal and Pediatric Nutrition
    • Additional classes added as available

Estimated Cost of DI Program (2019)

  • Tuition (for 1 year)
    • Oklahoma Resident
      • $300.05/credit hour
      • 15 credit hours = $4500.75
    • Non-Resident
      • $696.05/credit hour
      • 15 credit hours = $10440.75
  • Fees
    • UCO Application Fee
      • $50 (non-refundable)
    • Internship Application Fee
      • $40 (non-refundable)
    • Graduation Fee
      • $25 (one-time fee)
    • Dietetic Internship
      • $1000 each Fall & Spring semester
    • DICAS Centralized Computer Application
      • $40 (first application, $20 for each additional application submitted)
    • D & D Digital Computer Matching
      • $50
  • Other Expenses
    • Background Check and 9-Panel Drug Screen
      • The internship utilizes Castle Branch for these services at a cost of $39.00 for the background check and $37.00 for the drug screen. Students can provide results from their own provider if desired.
    • Textbooks/Supplies
      • $500 (estimated)
    • Room/Board
      • $500/month (estimated)
    • Professional Liability Insurance
      • Two payments of $15
    • Lab Coat/Shoes/Clothing
      • $150 (estimated)
    • Transportation/Gasoline
      • $150 (estimated)
  • Professional Membership/Meetings
    • AND Affiliate Membership
      • $49 (student price)
    • Professional Meetings
      • $100 (ODA, OCDDA)
    • AND Annual Meeting
      • Variable (optional)
    • Other Dietetics Meetings
      • Variable
  • Financial Aid Office

Application Requirements

  • Completion of an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics with a GPA of 3.0 in the final 87 hours of coursework and no D's or F's in required courses
  • A verification statement from an ACEND accredited institution obtained within the last 5 years
  • Applicants will be ranked on a point system for acceptance into the program (limited number of applicants can be accepted each semester)
  • UCO participates in the DICAS computerized application system
  • UCO participates in the computer-matching program from D & D Digital.
  • On the application, list all names by which you have been known (i.e., maiden name, previous married names, aliases, etc.)
  • No alterations to the report will be accepted
  • As most area hospitals utilize electronic medical records, interns will have to demonstrate typing proficiency before the beginning of rotations
  • Interns will be expected to comply with conservative, professional standards of appearance (no facial piercings, no visible tattoos, neat hair and clothing)
  • Drug screen and background check will be required after acceptance at student's expense

Typical Week

  • Monday - Friday
    • Days
      • Supervised practice rotations for 8 hours
    • Evenings
      • Classes 2-3 days/week
      • Classes approximately 2 hours 45 minutes each
  • Academic Calendar


Successful completion of the internship requires a verified log of greater than or equal to 1200 hours of supervised practice and a score greater than or equal to 3 on each competency on the evaluation forms.

Graduate will receive:

  • Verification Statement received
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science degree completed (optional)
  • Eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians through the CDR

The requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist include the successful completion of the internship and a passing score on the Registration Exam for dietitians administered by CRD. Some states, including Oklahoma, require dietitians to be licensed. 

How Do I Apply?

  • Application to graduate school
  • Complete DICAS application
  • Register with D & D Digital for computer matching
  • Send $40.00 application fee (payable to UCO) by USPS mail to:
    • University of Central Oklahoma
    • Attn: Katy Soper
    • University Center, Box 118
    • 100 University Drive
    • Edmond, OK 73034 

Any Questions?

For further answers and information, contact
Ms. Katy Soper
Phone: (405) 974-5369