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Dietetic Internship Program

Group Photo for the Dietetic Intership

At the award-winning Medical University of South Carolina, we are "Changing What's Possible." MUSC is the south's oldest medical school located in historic Charleston. This dietetic internship, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is designed to prepare students to become a "Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist" (RDN). Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the national RDN exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Both ACEND and CDR are affiliations of the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mission & Goals

Our mission is to improve the health of populations by educating and inspiring entry-level dietitians for South Carolina and beyond. Our program goals include

  • Preparing graduates with knowledge and skills to be competent dietitians and
  • Building leadership and public advocacy among the dietetics workforce, particularly in South Carolina.

Read more about our program goals and outcome measures (PDF).

Program Overview

We offer a non-credit, non-degree, post-baccalaureate certification program resulting in a 'Verification Statement' required to sit for the RD exam. This internship is an on-site program for eligible college-degree graduates (see eligibility requirements below). We accept 10-12 interns per year for this 10.5 month (44-45 weeks), 1200+ hour, full-time supervised practicum commencing every August. Applications are accepted every February.

This internship is comprised of over 20 rotations in 15 different Health care settings under the supervision of 40+ qualified preceptors. We pride our internship for its large variety of diverse experiences and training opportunities. 

We are pleased to offer two concentrations:

  • Community Nutrition Promotion: accepting 3-4 interns.
  • Clinical Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy: accepting 7 interns.
  • Clinical Pediatric Medical Nutrition Therapy: accepting 1 intern in 2019 year, 2 interns thereafter. 

Our program runs from the second Monday of August and ends in early June. 

Eligibility Requirements

The path to becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist is systematic. Applicants for this internship (all internships in the US) must have prior to our Fall start date:

  • Bachelor's degree, at minimum, in any field.
  • Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited "Didactic Program in Dietetics" (DPD).

A DPD consists of at least 2-3 semesters, depending on courses already taken, of hard science prerequisites and core nutrition courses to prepare students for a dietetic internship such as this one. MUSC does not offer a DPD (none in Charleston area). Search for traditional and online/distance DPD programs near you. DPD’s cannot be replaced by any other training or certifications, such as nutrition degrees from non-ACEND accredited program, personal training or human performance training, culinary certification, etc. Read more about internship eligibility requirements.

Our Success

We successfully meet program goals. For instance, our past 5-year data indicates:

  • 98 percent of graduates have passed the RD board exam upon first attempt.
  • Approximately 80 percent of graduates seeking a professional career as a Registered Dietitian after graduation found jobs within 3 months after passing the RD exam.
  • Of those who found careers, over 35 percent actively practice in South Carolina, a state prevalent in hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.
  • After working in the field for 1 year, 93 percent of employers of our graduates (and graduates themselves) feel this program provided excellent  training for entry-level practice.
  • Over 75 percent of our graduates become leaders in their field by actively participating in local, state, or national nutrition and Health care organizations.

MUSC Interns

Watch this virtual tour video (produced before the approval of new Clinical Pediatric MNT concentration track)

Register for Upcoming Open House

Learn why past applicants choose this program (PDF)

Candidates may also schedule an individual appointment, in-person or phone, with the Director with at least 2 weeks notice:

Director: Kelley Martin, MPH, RDN, LD

martinkl@musc.edu