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Overview

"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). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here."
Starting in Fall 2022, a Master's degree will be required for admission into CWU's Dietetic Internship.  Applicants are encouraged to explore our Nutrition graduate degree offerings here

CWU Dietetic Internship Program

Central Washington University (CWU) offers an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) Program through the Department of Health Sciences. The Dietetic Internship is currently granted full accreditation (through Dec. 31, 2026) by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400. https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend This program provides:

  • A Certificate of completion of performance requirements for entry level dietitians through a 1200+ hour supervised practice and didactic experience
  • A Concentration in Community Nutrition
  • Accredited supervised practice experience required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Graduates are eligible to take the RDN examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Please visit Eatright.org to learn The 5 Steps to Become an RDN.  This program meets the requirement for Step 2: An ACEND Supervised Practice Dietetic Internship

Mission, Goals, Objectives

CWU DI's Mission, Goals and Objectives align with the ACEND 2017 Accreditation Standards and can be viewed here

Program outcomes data are available upon request.

2017.2018 Job Placement Data: According to an Alumni Survey completed by the class of 2017.18: "Of graduates who seek employment, 100% were employed in nutrition or dietetics or related field within 12 months of program completion."

Community Nutrition Emphasis

The Community Nutrition emphasis builds on the routine activities of the WIC clinics and the School Food Service rotations. Interns work in the community to establish collaborative relationships and provide nutrition and health information to the community at large. They actively participate in community health/wellness groups, present public presentations on health and wellness, and plan and implement community outreach events. An annual Community Outreach event is planned with community partners and the Dietetic Interns, providing activities and healthy nutrition messages to event attendees.

Program Contact

DI Director: Dana Ogan, MS, RDN, CD dana.ogan@cwu.edu

 

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