Dietetic Internship Program

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Dietetic Internship
Bowling Green State University

The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Bowling Green State University has been in existence since 1992. We currently offer two options to interested students. We accept 6 to 8 students into the On-site Dietetic Internship + Masters Program and 18 students into the Distance Internship + Graduate Certificate Program

For additional information, please contact:

Christine Haar, MS, RDN, LD
Director, Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
419.372.8941
chaar@bgsu.edu

Why should you choose BGSU?

  • Faculty who are committed to helping you succeed.
  • Opportunities to foster your creativity and develop your communication skills through community involvement
  • Options include a distance option if you need to stay close to home.
  • Opportunities to develop your critical thinking skills through challenging graduate coursework that prepares you for the Internship.
  • Elective rotations enable you to pursue individual interests supportive of your professional goals
  • Our health and wellness concentration will prepare you to implement cost-effective programming in any future work environment

The BGSU Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics provides a pathway that allows you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).   Upon successful completion of 1200 hours of supervised practice and graduate classes, which will enhance your knowledge base and critical thinking skills, you will receive a DI Verification Statement.  This establishes your eligibility to sit for the national Registration Exam administered by the Commission of Dietetics Registration.

Once you pass the exam, you are considered an RDN and are eligible to apply for licensure in states that require it.

At Bowling Green State University, we are committed to providing a program that allows you to pursue individual interests that are supportive of your long-term goals. This includes 186 hours devoted to electives in both the on-site and distance options.

A Health and Wellness concentration has been added to foster future professionals who will be in a position to promote the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy message “Nutrition is the Cornerstone of Prevention."  You will be guided throughout your practice experience in the development of knowledge and skills in the area of wellness education and health promotion that you can bring with you as you begin your dietetics career.  You will develop a health promotion program from beginning to end and implement it to improve community wellness. This concentration will add to your preparation as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) as you position yourself as the nutrition expert in any future work environment.

Eligibility Information 

In order to be eligible to apply for the BGSU Dietetic Internship, you must have a Bachelor’s Degree and have received a DPD Verification Statement, which indicates you have met the Core Knowledge requirement by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  If your degree is in dietetics from an ACEND accredited program, you will receive this form upon graduation.   If your Bachelor’s Degree is not in dietetics, information on where to start if you already have a degree can be found here.

Dietetic Internship Overview

On campus dietetic interns in the Food & Nutrition Master's program will complete their coursework on-campus and their rotations in the greater Bowling Green/Toledo/Findlay area. This option takes approximately 2 years to complete. The required 1200 supervised practice hours and at least 24 graduate credits are completed the first year. Successful completion of the program requires a Master’s Thesis or Master's Project or a Comprehensive Exam and a minimum of 37-39 graduate credits. On campus interns have the opportunity to work with the BGSU employee WellAware program, summer camp, Eat 2 Compete, Farm 2 and Fork. 

For more information about the On Campus program please review the application requirements, projected costs, the Master's program, potential rotations, and answers to common questions

Distance interns will take the required coursework for the Food & Nutrition Graduate Certificate. This option takes approximately thirteen months to complete.  Graduate course is completed online.  Students must accumulate 1200 supervised practice hours and 15 graduate credits to successfully complete the program.  Distance interns can choose to work with senior centers, weight loss groups, schools, farmers markets, WIC, Extension, Head Start or employee wellness programs in the setting of their choice. Students enrolled in the distance program have the option to complete the Master's degree

For more information about the Distance program please review the application requirements, projected costs, information about choosing distance rotation sites and choosing preceptors, and answers to common questions

Here’s what some program graduates have to say about the program - Alumni Quotes

To learn more please check out our Interns in Action page

Campus Visitation

On the first Saturday of December from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., we will be hosting an open house in the Health and Human Services Building. Please RSVP to Chris Haar, chaar@bgsu.edu, by November 29th if you plan to attend.

Students are also encouraged to schedule individual visits to meet their needs. Please call Chris Haar, Program Director at 419.372.8941 or e-mail chaar@bgsu.edu.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare you to become an entry-level dietitian by providing a route to dietetic registration with an emphasis on health and wellness.  The Program enables you to pursue individual interests supportive of your professional goals.

Expectations & Requirements

In order to receive your Verification Statement and become eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration Examination, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of 1200 hours of supervised practice in community, clinical and food service facilities.Additional hours may be required if competencies are not met.
  • Completion of 15 graduate credit hours (distance option - unless you have equivalent coursework) or have made significant progress towards completion of the Master’s Degree (on-site option).
  • Completion/presentation of case studies, readings and assignments during internship
  • Satisfactory evaluations from preceptors and Program Director and documentation of entry level competence on the competency forms by your preceptors.
  • Attendance at seminars and conferences, as applicable.
  • Completion of domain – related quizzes and exams
  • Passage of the practice exam with a 100% score – multiple attempts are allowed and feedback will be given.

Accreditation Status

The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND

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 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). In Ohio, graduates also must obtain licensure with the Ohio Board of Dietetics to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited combined Dietetic Internship + Master’s Degree Program at Bowling Green State University are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam.