Internship Program Description

Graduate Certificate of Nutrition and Wellness

  • Program Description 

The internship program (IP) at Andrews University is an accredited supervised practice experience accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Although the internship is considered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to be a Distance Dietetic Internship, the program works with certain designated facilities. The experiences are supervised by Registered Dietitians. The internship is a full-time program involving 40 hours per week, and in some instances, may require multiple locations. Our internship program has a Medical Nutrition Therapy emphasis as 65% of our program is spent in clinical nutrition.

The Graduate Certificate of Nutrition & Wellness will confer a total of 12 graduate credits.  Six of the credits can be petitioned to be transfer to the AU on-line MPH program.

Persons who successfully complete the internship are prepared for entry-level positions in Dietetics and are eligible to write the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The pass rate of our students is excellent, as over 90% successfully pass this exam.


The Internship Program at Andrews University is currently granted accreditation by: 
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL  60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-5400


The eight month program (from late August to beginning of May) consists of:

  • 3 days of orientation at Andrews University (All interns accepted into our Dietetic Internship program are expected to attend the this orientation session that is usually held during the 3rd week of August.).
  • 1 month of Community Nutrition Rotation
  • 2 months of Food Service Administration Rotation
  • 5 months of Clinical Dietetics Rotation


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  • Cost of Orientation

Transportation to AU $25 - $300 Depends on the type of transportation ( car, airplane)
Meal cost for 3 days $30 - $50
Travel to clinical site $10 - $15
Lodging for 2 nights $100 - $150
                          Total $165 - $515










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Computer Matching

A computer matching process will select dietetic interns. All applicants to dietetic internships must participate in computer matching. Applicants may obtain information on the computer matching process from any approved didactic program in Nutrition and Dietetics, or they can visit D&D Digital Systems' website at for instructions to prioritize their DI preferences.

Registration for the computer matching process must be done by the designated deadline(See website for the specific deadlines There is a $50.00 charge for computer matching that is due with the applicant's prioritized ranking.

The address for D&D Digital Systems is:

D&D Digital Systems 
304 Main St.
Ames, Iowa 50010-6148

Phone: 515-292-0490
Fax: 515-663-9427


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Hospital options are available at the geographical locations listed below. Each intern will be placed at only one location for the entire period that she/he is completing the internship. We request that each applicant submit three locations in order of preference. We can't guaranty 1st location option.

  • Columbus, GA
  • Dayton, OH
  • Franklin, OH
  • Ft. Worth, TX
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Hinsdale, IL
  • Kettering, OH
  • Orlando, FL
  • South Bend/Goshen, IN
  • St. Joseph, MI
  • Tavares, FL 

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The student admitted to the program will receive from the program director the Dietetic Internship Handbook containing program guidelines, evaluation instruments, and reporting forms to be used during the 8-month internship.


Click here to see Handbook


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Entrance Exam

A multiple-choice comprehensive test of 100 questions will be administered during the orientation week.  The passing score is 75%.  In the event that interns do not pass the test, they will be given one more opportunity to take the test at the end of the orientation week. Passing this test is a requirement for continuing in the Internship Program. The students that don't pass the second time are eligible for 100% tuition refund. Travel expenses to AU orientation are not reimbursable.


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Online Tests

During the internship there will be four online tests ( for each intern to complete. The first 3 tests follow the Food Service, Community Nutrition, and the Clinical Dietetics rotations respectively. The passing score is 80% for each test. At the conclusion of the Internship Program each intern will take a 100- question RD-like exam on Moodle. The passing score for this exam is also 80%. All 4 tests must be passed successfully for the intern to have their name forwarded to CDR for permission to take the RD exam. Failure in any one of these tests will mean that the intern must complete a review course and pass the CDR practice test, with a passing score of 70%, before successful completion of the internship can be verified to CDR. The intern is responsible for the cost of the RD review. Please check for prices below.

The options available for this review course are:


For More Information Please Contact:

Maggie Hernandez,  Internship Program Director

Phone: 269.471.3372

Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness

Phone: 269.471.3370


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