Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship

Program Overview

The Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is a post-baccalaureate certificate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Interns receive 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical nutrition, food systems management and community nutrition with a concentration in disease management / health promotion. Sixteen interns are selected for the 10 month - 44 week program, which typically runs from August to June of each year.



Entrance Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (There is not a minimum grade point average (GPA) for application consideration).
  • We DO NOT require a personal interview for acceptance into the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Dietetic Internship.
  • Successful completion of knowledge requirements and a didactic program in dietetics as stated in the requirements for membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Degrees granted more than five years prior to application must be updated through completion of additional course work in MNT/the Nutrition Care Process and food systems management.
  • The degree and all course work must be completed before the internship begins. Courses in progress must be successfully completed.
  • An official transcript verifying degree was conferred and a verification statement from didactic Program Director must be received prior to beginning the internship.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission or application.


Graduation Requirements

Learning Activities (in rotations, classes and special projects): A variety of experiences are planned to enable the dietetic intern to attain competence for entry level dietitians as outlined in the Standards of Education. The planned activities for each rotation, classes and special projects are minimum requirements for every intern. Experience and initiative of the intern will determine the objectives accomplished beyond the minimum.

Code of Ethics: Interns are expected to comply with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Evaluation of professional development occurs throughout the program.

Measuring Performance: A numerical system is used to ascertain that the intern has attained entry-level competence. An overall average score of 70 is required for continuance in the program at mid-term. A minimum score of 80 must be achieved to meet requirements for graduation in the following:

  • as an end of year average
  • as a group score in each of the 5 competency categories (includes concentration competency)
  • and on specified projects

Verification Statement: Upon successful completion of the dietetic internship, the graduate intern will receive a verification statement which enables them to establish eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians.



The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program provides comprehensive supervised practice experiences as a route to eligibility for the national credentialing examination for Registered Dietitians as well as for licensure in Tennessee. Many states require licensure before being able to practice as a Registered Dietitian. Please check licensure guidelines for the state in which you plan to seek employment.


Employment Statistics

Vanderbilt's Dietetic Internship graduates are employed in many areas of dietetic practice.

Over the past five years, 98% of Vanderbilt's Dietetic Internship graduates have successfully completed the registration examination on their first attempt.

The program's excellent reputation and opportunities in dietetics have allowed 100% of our graduates from 2013 to obtain employment in the field. Note: Some graduates do not immediately seek employment following graduation due to relocations/weddings, parenthood, etc.

Contact is maintained with graduates through post-internship surveys.

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