Entrance Requirements

  • Completed one of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited undergraduate or certificate nutrition programs providing a verification statement. 
  • Degrees granted more than 3 years prior to application must be updated through completion of additional coursework in MNT/the nutrition care process or food systems management. 
  • Submission of the Dietetic Internship application using the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS).
  • Completion of the Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Supplemental Application
  • Participation in the online match using the D and D Digital Online Dietetic Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • A personal interview for acceptance into the Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship is not required. 

Foreign Applicants

VUMC is not able to admit international students at this time. Green Card holders are not considered International Applicants and are therefore eligible for admission consideration.

  • The program considers applicants as an international student if the applicant is a citizen of any nation other than the United States of America. Applicants will not be considered as an international student if you are a dual U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, refugee/asylee, or a U.S. citizen living abroad.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice
  • Meet all curriculum requirements: acheive a minimum overall score of 85
  • Complete program requirements within a minimum of 10 months. However, the maximum time frame for completing the program is 15 months (150% of the 10 month program)
  • All financial obligations are met as confirmed by the VUMC Center for Programs in Allied Health
  • Completion of the intern section of the Commission on Dietetic Registration REPS Eligibility Application Form


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.

Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian

1. Minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university

2. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.

3. Completion of a supervised practice program: Accredited Dietetic Internship Program.

4. Receipt of a dietetic internship verification statement upon successful completion of academic and practice requirements.

5. Successfully passing the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) national credentialing examination for registered dietitians. 

6. Licensure (varies by state).