Clinical Nutrition: Dietetic Internship

Build competency in the best practices in nutrition care for patients and their families. The UW–Madison Clinical Nutrition: Dietetic Internship combines online coursework with an on-site practicum at our renowned teaching hospital.


Is this program right for you?

Developed through a partnership among the UW–Madison, the UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC), and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UWHC Dietetic Internship Certificate program incorporates online advanced graduate courses in nutrition with supervised practice at our teaching hospital.

Designed to be completed within 12 months, the program builds the clinical nutrition skills you need for your career today — and in the future. In the next 10 years, all registered dietitians will be required to have a graduate degree, along with an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited internship such as our UWHC Dietetic Internship in Clinical Nutrition.

The UWHC Dietetic Internship provides you with a unique combination of graduate education and supervised practice. We provide experienced preceptors who develop intensive, one-on-one relationships with their students and are committed to your learning success. They provide regular feedback and intervention to assist you through the most challenging parts of the program.

Because we are a teaching hospital, we have more than 80 different options through ambulatory primary care clinics. We are also a Center of Excellence in many different kinds of care. Additionally, our technology and resources are simply among the best in the world. And, because we offer a university combined with a hospital, our students travel less than in the average internship. Here, you can easily move between the two locations on foot, bike, or via public transportation.

Upon completion of your Dietetic Internship, you will be immediately eligible for the Registered Dietitian exam and for employment. You will also be well-prepared should you wish to continue on to graduate school. Ultimately, you will be ready to provide the best in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and food systems administration to improve people’s health and wellness.

Is this program right for you?

Developed through a partnership among the UW–Madison, the UW Medical Foundation, UW Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC), and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UWHC Dietetic Internship Certificate program incorporates online advanced graduate courses in nutrition with supervised practice at our teaching hospital.

Designed to be completed within 12 months, the program builds the clinical nutrition skills you need for your career today — and in the future. In the next 10 years, all registered dietitians will be required to have a graduate degree, along with an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited internship such as our UWHC Dietetic Internship in Clinical Nutrition.

The UWHC Dietetic Internship provides you with a unique combination of graduate education and supervised practice. We provide experienced preceptors who develop intensive, one-on-one relationships with their students and are committed to your learning success. They provide regular feedback and intervention to assist you through the most challenging parts of the program.

Because we are a teaching hospital, we have more than 80 different options through ambulatory primary care clinics. We are also a Center of Excellence in many different kinds of care. Additionally, our technology and resources are simply among the best in the world. And, because we offer a university combined with a hospital, our students travel less than in the average internship. Here, you can easily move between the two locations on foot, bike, or via public transportation.

Upon completion of your Dietetic Internship, you will be immediately eligible for the Registered Dietitian exam and for employment. You will also be well-prepared should you wish to continue on to graduate school. Ultimately, you will be ready to provide the best in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and food systems administration to improve people’s health and wellness.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as well as ACEND-accredited coursework requirements.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of GRE scores with your DICAS application.
  • Thoroughly review the Dietetic Internship Application Process.
  • Applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for contact information for state licensing boards.
  • Be either a citizen of the United States or able to maintain work authorization throughout the internship; UW Hospital and Clinics does not offer visa sponsorship to candidates for the Dietetic Internship Certificate program.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Online application to DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System.
  • Official transcripts.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Statement of reasons for post-baccalaureate studies.
  • Register and participate in computer matching to D&D Digital Systems.

Applications accepted for summer enrollment.

Program Highlights

  • This is a comprehensive program in which dietetic interns actively learn and become competent in best-practice, patient- and family-focused nutrition care at a tertiary hospital providing all levels of medical care.
  • Our exam pass and employments rates are excellent: Our recent graduates have a 96% first-time pass rate on their Registered Dietitian examination.
  • The UWHC Dietetic Internship provides you with a unique combination of graduate education coordinated with supervised practice. You develop intensive, one-on-one relationships with your preceptor.

How You'll Learn

  • Online curriculum, plus a practicum at UW–Madison in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Take two online classes in the summer; then come to the UW–Madison campus in fall and spring semesters for your practicum plus one online class.
  • Work 32 hours per week; your practicum in supervised practice will be Tuesdays–Fridays.
  • Complete all ACEND-accredited rotation competencies at a satisfactory level as aligned with the grading system consistent with the achievement of performance for entry-level dietitians
  • Complete all internship projects (case study presentation, journal club presentation, behavior assessment, and e-portfolio) at a satisfactory level.

Sample Curriculum

  • Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum I & II
  • Clinical Nutrition-Ambulatory Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Clinical Nutrition-Research Theory
  • Community Public Health and School Nutrition
  • Food Systems Administration
  • Clinical Nutrition-Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Clinical Nutrition-Pediatrics

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$57K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
14.6% for Dietitians and Nutritionists (2016-2026)

Job Postings
6,960 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

Ready to learn more about Clinical Nutrition: Dietetic Internship?
View the UW-Madison Guide

Stay in Touch

Sign up to receive application tips and deadline reminders.

Connect with our enrollment coaches

Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

Visit with our coaches on campus or at an upcoming student fair in your area. Search student fairs & events

Connect with a coach