Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the dual dietetic internship graduate certificate and master’s degree in dietetics and nutrition program? Here are the answers to some of the questions we hear most often.
How do I become a registered dietitian (RD)?
If you are interested in learning more about the current educational routes to becoming a registered dietitian, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
I have a bachelor's degree in another field but now I want to become a nutritionist. What do I need to do?
First, you need to decide if you want to be a registered dietitian or if you want to add graduate coursework in nutrition to your educational background.
Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for information about credential requirements, networking, job listings, and careers in this field.
What is the difference in the positions available to a registered dietitian versus a non-RD with a degree in nutrition?
Positions in health care organizations, physicians' clinics and some other organizations usually require an RD credential. Some other positions are available to both RDs and people with a nutrition degree such as positions in government agencies, food industry, research, community and public health settings, sports nutrition, wellness programs and public schools. Some individuals obtain an master's degree in dietetics and nutrition at KU to place them at an advantage to apply for medical school.
Which universities in the area offer an undergraduate degree in nutrition and the coursework necessary to apply for a dietetic internship at KU?
Two of the closest programs reside at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Both on-campus and online coursework is available at these institutions. Search for accredited programs near you at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
I have a nutrition degree from a country other than the U.S. How can I become a registered dietitian in the U.S.?
Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for information about credential requirements, networking, job listings and careers in this field.
Does KU Medical Center offer an online or distance internship option?
No, we do not currently have a distance option. Students must be able to attend classes on-campus and complete rotations within the greater Kansas City area. However, the culminating practice area of interest rotation can be completed outside the Kansas City area.
Do you offer both a full-time and part-time internship option?
We currently only offer a full-time option. Students complete classes on Mondays and supervised practice rotations Tuesday-Friday during year one. Some weekend events may also be required. During year two, students attend classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Does your program offer prior learning credit?
No, our program does not assess for prior learning. No credit or reduction in supervised practice hours is awarded for previous work or volunteer experiences.
What if I already have an master's degree?
If you already have a graduate degree (in any field), you may apply for our dietetic internship graduate certificate program, which is a two-semester, 16-credit-hour program.
Will I be able to work during the internship?
We recognize that students still have living expenses during the program and that many students may need some employment during this period. Given the intensive workload and time commitment required for success, we highly encourage students to limit the number of hours they work outside of classes/rotations. If you do have outside employment, it must be flexible such that it does not interfere with supervised practice experiences or classes.
What do you consider when ranking applicants?
A selection committee will thoroughly evaluate your DICAS application to evaluate your potential for successfully completing our program and eventually becoming a registered dietitian. Nobody will be denied entrance to the program based upon race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and/or genetic information.
Factors that are considered when selecting individuals for admission to the program include the following:
- Academic performance (cumulative GPA*, DPD professional GPA, and science GPA are all considered).
- Work and volunteer experience related to dietetics and nutrition and/or health care.
- Leadership and undergraduate research.
- Honors/awards, and scholarships.
- Quality of personal statement.
- Virtual interview.
- Letters of recommendation (may be from faculty, advisers, employers or others familiar with work and character).
* Please note that a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission.
Complete applications received by the DICAS deadline will be evaluated by the selection committee. All applicants will be scored based upon the criteria listed above. Applicants meeting admissions requirements will be submitted for matching based upon their ranking amongst other applicants.
Can I attend an open house or arrange a campus visit?
Yes! We would love to have you come learn more about our program. If you are interested, please sign up for an open house event.