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University Hospitals Dietetic Internship Program Provides Comprehensive Clinical and Research Training

UH Dietetic Interns (2020-2021)The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Dietetic Internship Program was founded in 1933 and is the second oldest program in the nation. It is recognized for providing graduates with a solid background in the field. Upon completing the program, graduates will be effectively prepared to pursue positions as entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). In addition, UH Dietetic Internship Program provides a strong foundation for clinical practice.

Since inception, the UH Cleveland Medical Center accredited Dietetic Internship Program has been training high-level nutrition professionals. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has a rich history of academic innovation, exemplary patient care and research excellence which together provides the ideal environment for our dietetic interns.

Please join us for our Open House event to learn more about UH Cleveland Medical Center and our Dietetic Internship Program.

Onsite Open House

Campus tours and a question and answer session with our current dietetic interns will be included.
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
RBC Amphitheater (Room 123)
UH Cleveland Medical Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
RSVP with name and school by December 8th to: Gina.Bayless@UHhospitals.org

Virtual Open House

A virtual question and answer session with our current dietetic interns will also be included.
Friday, January 5, 2024 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Zoom link will be provided with RSVP confirmation.
RSVP with name and school by January 4th to: Gina.Bayless@UHhospitals.org

Dietetic Internship Program’s Mission Statement

Graduates of the program will be well prepared to pursue positions as entry level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. They will be able to begin a professional practice with a solid background encompassing the breadth of the field of dietetics. Their depth of knowledge will allow them to provide quality of service, effectively apply knowledge and provide a continuous systemic approach to evaluating outcomes. The graduate will be able to base their practice on significant scientific principles and best evidence.

Our program offers a unique variety of educational experiences in a diverse environment and provides interns with the following:

  • A pediatric experience at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (ranked as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the country)
  • A rotation at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 36 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country)
  • Exposure to University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital (rated as one of America’s 10 best maternity hospitals)
  • Intense acute care rotations

Accreditation Status

The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Dietetic Internship (DI) Program 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, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

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Notification to Prospective Dietetic Interns

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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. 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 University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center 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.