Dietetic Internship Program

Dietetic Internship
Bowling Green State University

For additional information, please contact:

Christine Haar, MS, RDN, LD
Director, Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

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 (RD).   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 RD 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.
On campus interns have the opportunity to work with the BGSU employee WellAware program, summer camp, Eat 2 Compete, Farm 2 and Fork. 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.

This concentration will add to your preparation as a Registered Dietitian as you position yourself as the nutrition expert in any future work environment.

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

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,, 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

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.

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

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.

Contact Information

Christine Haar, MS, RDN, LD
Director, Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

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