Application Process - Distance Program

The major difference in the application process for the distance program over the on-site program is that you will submit site and preceptor information forms for an acute care and community site, in addition to the usual application materials.

Here are the steps in the process:

  • Submit your application using the on-line centralized internship application, DICAS.  If you have questions, please e-mail The on-line application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.  DICAS requires $50 for the first application submitted and $25 for each additional application.
  • Submit your application for the Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition to the Graduate College - requires $45.00 application fee. Please apply by February 15th.  You can use the same personal statement that you use for DICAS application and your references (three are required) can use the same letters they submit to DICAS.
    • Graduate application fees for new domestic applicants are being waived through fall 2021.
  • Take the GRE general exam. Use either the BGSU institution code – 1069 or the major code – 0214 Make sure that you include your scores on your application form, including the percentiles for each section. If you have an existing Master’s Degree or have successfully passed one of the following national exams, the GRE is waived: DTR, CDM, CLC.
    • Due to COVID-19, BGSU is temporarily waiving the GRE and GMAT requirements for all applicants to any of the University’s graduate certificate and master’s degree programs through fall 2021.
  • Your personal statement is an important consideration in our selection process, so take the time to make it reflect who you are and why becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist is important to you.
    The following questions should be addressed:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
    • Why you are interested in a distance program?
    • Why is the BGSU program a good fit for you?

  • Submit official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to:   DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA  02471. If this is not the first time you are applying, make sure that you update your grades and your transcripts. You will also need to send transcripts to the Graduate College as part of the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree application Process.
  • Register online with D&D Digital  for computer matching and select  dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15.  There is a $55.00 computer matching fee. Use matching code 249. 
  • Submit site information and preceptor information forms for a clinical and community site.  You can upload one additional file through DICAS.  You may merge the site and preceptor information forms into one document and upload or send directly to the program, either electronically via e-mail (preferred) or mailed to my attention: Christine Haar, 121 HHS Bowling Green, OH 43403.

    Potential preceptors can contact me directly with any questions they may have. They, or a representative of their facility, will be required to sign an affiliation agreement with Bowling Green State University in order for you to complete rotations at the site but this is not required at the time of application. This form and additional information can be found at Q & A for Prospective Preceptors.
  • You may also include a resume and an electronic portfolio (web-based), but these are not required.  Include the link in your personal statement.
  • International students are required to have their transcript evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Service and take the TOEFL exam.

    Common mistakes:
  • Leaving sections of the application form blank
  • Including inappropriate reference choices (only known for a short time, relative, etc.)
  • Not submitting GRE scores
  • Poorly written personal statement with grammatical and spelling errors
  • Not submitting site and preceptor information forms for community and acute care sites