Dietetic Internship

We are pleased you are interested in our 45-week medical nutrition therapy (MNT) internship program. The program prepares graduates to become competent, entry level dietetic practitioners with an emphasis on clinical practitioner skills. We participate in the fall match and our program starts in January.

During the program, dietetic interns receive broad experience at seven major teaching hospitals at the Detroit Medical Center. Working closely with experienced preceptors, they prepare to join the many other successful graduates who have completed the Harper Hospital Dietetic Internship program and are then eligible to take the credentialing exam.

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at Harper University Hospital are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Dietetic Internship Information