Build competency in the best practices in nutrition care for patients and their families. The UW–Madison Clinical Nutrition-Dietetic Internship allows you to work online and then come to campus for an on-site practicum at our renowned teaching hospital.

Is this program right for you?

Developed through a partnership among the UW–Madison, 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.


Our exam pass and employments rates are excellent: Our recent graduates have a 96% first-time pass rate on their Registered Dietitian examination.


Designed to be completed within 12 months, you will build the clinical nutrition skills to prepare you for immediate employment and for the challenges this career will see 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 coordinated with 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 do much less travel than in the average internship—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.

What you Learn

  • Apply the study of metabolic demands of critical illness and how these alterations influence the nutritional needs of critical care patients
  • Develop techniques for counseling and education for in-patient and out-patient care
  • Assess research articles and solve clinical nutrition problems using research and analysis

Where & How you learn


  • Online, plus a practicum in 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

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent and a minimum grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, as well as ACEND-accredited coursework requirements
  • Have taken the GRE
  • Have paid work experience in clinical nutrition and/or food service
  • Thoroughly review the Dietetic Internship Application Process
  • Apply to the Division of Continuing Studies as a University Special student
  • Submit a complete set of official transcripts for all institutions attended, your reasons for post-baccalaureate studies, and your résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Apply to DICAS, the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System, which requires two academic letters of reference (ideally from professors in food or nutrition, food service management, or science) and one professional letter of reference from a supervisor who can comment on your work relevant experience
  • 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
  • Register and participate in computer matching to D&D Digital Systems. Please note that D&D charges a fee for the computer matching process; if you are matched with the UW Hospital and Clinics Dietetic Internship, you will be invited to submit a formal online employment application
  • All 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.

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