Welcome to the Dietetic Internship (DI) program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Students enrolled in our program will earn a master's degree and complete a Dietetic Internship (MEd/DI).

VUMC has aligned with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development to offer a 30 credit, capstone-based master's that begins in the summer and is completed in 4 semesters. Students will complete graduate courses online and on campus while completing their 1200 hours of supervised practice training with the Dietetic Internship.

Upon successful completion of the MEd/DI, students are eligible to take the credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. We are proud to share that our graduates have maintained an impressive 95.65% pass rate on the exam within one year of their first attempt for the past 3 years.

Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College is a world-class college of education and human development. Peabody’s core mission is to enhance the human condition through cutting-edge research, through service to families, communities, and through preparation of professionals working in a range of organizational contexts. At Peabody, students will build on their dietetic internship and learn to integrate current research and evidence-based practice with sensitivity to social and environmental determinants of health at the individual, organizational, and system levels. 


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Accreditation Status

The VUMC Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL  60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext 5400. https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Master's Requirement

Effective 1/1/2024, 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 must be submitted into the CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REDS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, 12/31/2023.  For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website:  https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree


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