Dietetic Internship

Individualized training with a medical nutrition therapy concentration

Dietetic Internship Prepares You for a Career in Medical Nutrition

Please Note: Our Dietetic Internship will be discontinued July 30, 2024. We are not participating in DICAS spring 2024.

The Mount Auburn Hospital Dietetic Internship produces competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who are committed to the field of nutrition and higher learning. The full-time, 10-month program has a concentration in medical nutrition therapy and begins in September. The program currently matches two interns annually.

The dietetic internship offers unique opportunities for individualized training in a highly respected academic facility that serves as a community hospital delivering excellent, compassionate care.

The internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to fulfill the competencies for dietitians established by ACEND. Mount Auburn Hospital dietetic internship is not a degree program. Applicants must have completed an ACEND-accredited program and hold a master's degree.

Dietetic Internship Program Information

Program Goals & Objectives
  • Prepare interns to become competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in the field of nutrition. Goals include: 
    • At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 16.5 months (150% of expected time frame of 44 weeks).
    • Of graduates who seek employment, 85% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
    • 100% of the program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program graduation. 
    • 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%. 
    • 90% of the graduates who respond to the annual alumni survey will rate themselves as competent for their first position, scoring satisfactory or better.  
  • Prepare graduates who demonstrate proficiency and commitment to the field of nutrition. Our goals: 
    • 75% of the graduates ranked competent in professional knowledge by their employer in the annual employer survey, scoring satisfactory or better.
    • 75% of the graduates who respond to the annual alumni survey will indicate that they exhibit commitment to the field of nutrition by being actively involved in a professional organization or precepting dietetic interns.

Current program outcome data is available upon request.

Credentialing Exam Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). To be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System before 12:00 am (midnight) Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit the CDR website.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by ACEND. Graduates who successfully complete the dietetic internship at Mount Auburn Hospital are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from the credentialing process by the Commission of Dietetic Registration.

Want to Learn More?

For more information or to schedule a tour, email program director Emily Lotterhand or call 617-499-5821. 

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