Application Process for 2017-2018

How to become a Registered Dietition Nutritionist

In order to become a RDN an individual must go through the following steps in order.

  • Complete a bachelor's (minimally) degree, in an ACEND accredited US college or university, with ACEND accredited coursework. 
  • Complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program either through an internship program or as part of a graduate program.
  • Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) national examination.
  • Continue to grow as a professional by obtaining continueing education units (CEUs) and maintain registration. 

The Andrews University Dietetics Internship Program will fulfill the requirement of completing a supervised practice program. 

Our program provides graduate credits which may be petitioned to be applied to AU's Masters of Public Health (MPH) program, however acceptance into the Dietetics Internship Program does NOT guarantee admission to the MPH, or any other AU graduate program, and does not confer a graduate degree.

For more information regarding becoming an RDN, please visit eatrightpro.org.

For more information regarding the CDR exam, please visit cdrnet.org.

Applying to the Andrews University Dietetic Internship is a 3 step process:

Step #1 - Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) Application

Step #2 - Information & Application Fee For Andrews University D.I.

Step #3 - D&D Digital Computer Matching


 

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15th.

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for DP and undergraduate courses is required.

  • Students with an overall GPA of 3.2 (or above), who also have some relevant work experience, are given priority.

  • Graduate student applicants are given priority.

STEP #1: DICAS APPLICATION

  • Our program participates in the online DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System). Please email DICASinfo@DICAS.org with any questions regarding its process.

  • To access DICAS please visit https://portal.dicas.org (*Note: DICAS will not be available until after December 1, 2017, for the Spring 2018 match). The online application MUST be completed by 11:59pm Central Time on February 15, 2018.

  • DICAS Application Fee: $45.00 for the first application submitted, and $20.00 for each additional application.

  • AU Internship Program Fee: $50.00 (see Step #2 for fee information). Make check or money order to Andrews University and include your name. 

  • Application Checklist: Check the following for the documents you need to send to DICAS. Application Checklist

Reference Letters:

  • When completing the DICAS application form, applicants must include the name and contact information (specifically an email address) for all three references*. This will trigger an email message requesting completion of a reference form to be sent to the provided email. The form will be completed online. Please note that there must be at least one reference from a teacher (preferably the applicant's Didactic Program (DP) director) and one from a work supervisor. The third can be another teacher, work supervisor, or an RD.

Personal Statements: 

Applicants through DICAS will be required to submit a personal statement. This statement should include items such as;

  • Goals (short and long term) and how you developed them; experiences, interests, responsibilities and mentors who have guided your development should be mentioned.
  • Strengths developed through expereinces you've had which you can offer the internship as well as areas you would like to improve.
  • Reasons you would like to be part of Andrews University's Dietetic Internship Program specifically.

All applications are screened for completeness and presentation, GPA, work experience, community involvement, references and personal letter.

Applicants are ranked by the Andrews University Dietetic selection committee. The ranking is sent to D&D Digital Systems for computer matching. In rare cases applicants may be contacted for a phone interview if needed. 

Transcripts:

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:


DICAS - Transcript Department
PO Box 9118
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

Verification Statements:

  • All applicants must submit an original signed verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program indicating that all required coursework has been completed.
  • Students currently enrolled in classes must submit a "Declaration of Intent" listing courses in progress. Then supply signed verification statements and final transcripts after graduation to AUDI prior to the start of the internship.
  • Graduates from dietetic programs should submit their verification statements only. No "Delcaration of Intent" is required.

Courses Included in Calculating GPA:

DP GPA: All nutrition courses and Management and Organization, Human resources and Marketing courses. 

Science GPA: Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Introduction to Chemistry and Microbiology. 

Resume:

A current summary of your academic, employment and professional experience should be included in your resume. Please include your email address.

Financial Aid: 

Financial Aid is available for interns once they are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nutrition and Wellness at Andrews University. 

Scholarships may be available through state dietetic associations and/or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It may be possible for students to obtain loan deferment for student loans while enrolled in the program.
 

Step #2 - Information & Application Fee for Andrews University DI Applicants

Our program requires applicants to send additional information.

  • We require a $50.00 application fee(non refundable) that is to be sent to: 

Andrews University
Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness
Internship Program of Nutrition and Dietetics
8475 University Blvd.
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0210
(Please make checks payable to Andrews University)
 
 

Step #3 - D&D Digital Computer Matching

  • Each applicant must register for matching with D&D Digital to create/edit/verify their prioritized list of Internship Programs by 11:59 pm Central Time on February 15, 2018.

    • There is a $55 computer matching fee to D&D Digital payable when your priority choices are identified.

  • The student applicant will be notified of acceptance/rejection on April 8, 2018 (notification day).

  • Applicant matching results for each applicant will be posted on www.dnddigital.com from 6:00pm Central Time through April 9, 2018 (appointment day)

    • This is the ONLY source of notification for applicants.

  • Each applicant will receive either ONE MATCH or NO MATCH after Log In on April 8.

  • All applicants who receive ONE MATCH will find the matched Internship Program name and contact information to accept appointment. The MATCHED Internship program is planning that the MATCH will be accepted.

    • MATCHED applicants must contact the Internship program by 6 pm Eastern Standard Time on Appointment Day (April 9) to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH.

  • Applicants who received NO MATCH will be given other instructions.

  • Please visit www.dnddigital.com to register for the matching process.

  • The LAST DAY to reorder your internship site rankings is April 2, 2018. No changes may be made to your rankings after 11:59 pm Central Time April 2, 2018. 

  • The LAST DAY to withdraw from matching is April 2, 2018.  You must notify D&D Digital of your intent to withdraw in writing no later than April 2, 2018.

 
D&D Digital Systems
Suite 301
304 Main Street
Ames, IA 500100
Phone: (515) 292-0490 or dnd@sigler.com

 

For More Information Please Contact

 
Sherri Isaak Internship Program Director isaak@andrews.edu  or (269)471.3372
  Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness publichealth@andrews.edu or (269)471.3370