The Dietetic Internship at VUMC

The Dietetic Internship at VUMC

Welcome to the Dietetic Internship (DI) program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  We’re excited to share with you our innovative program for training future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). We are part of a teaching medical center and have a supervised practice network of preceptors both onsite and within the community. 

Here’s a few fast facts about our Dietetic Internship Program:

  • Post-baccalaureate certificate program
  • Applications accepted via DICAS

  • Participating in D & D Digital’s spring match

  • Accepting 18 interns for the 10-month program which begins in August

  • For the past 3 years, 97.8% pass rate on the national credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists within one year of first attempt. 

Our competency- based curriculum builds from knowledge level to skill acquisition as interns progress from didactic classes to engaging supervised practice environments in disease management-health promotion settings.

At program completion, graduates demonstrate readiness for entry level practice and eligible to take the credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Accreditation Status

The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship is currently 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.

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). In order 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 (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, 12/31/2023.  For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website:

The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program reserves the right to revise its curriculum policies, or fees in response to changing conditions.