Distance Internship + Graduate Certificate

Distance Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics + Graduate Certificate*
This option takes approximately thirteen months to complete.  Students must accumulate 1200 supervised practice hours and 15 graduate credits to successfully complete the program.   You must choose sites beyond a 50 mile radius from Bowling Green.  Graduate courses are completed on-line. It is intended to be completed in one year.  Interns are required to attend a one week, on-campus orientation in August.  Applicants with an existing Master’s Degree will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine course requirements.

Bowling Green State University’s goal is to provide all of our online programs in, all states. Federal regulations (US DOE) requires state authorization of distance education. At this time, we can accept applications from all states except Massachusetts.

*Students have the option of completing the Master's Degree. Contact the Program Graduate Coordinator Dr. Kerri Knippen (kknippe@bgsu.edu) for more information.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, meet the DPD requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and have relevant work or volunteer experience. You must participate in the computer matching process. You must also be able to answer yes to the following questions to determine if a distance program is right for you.distance internship

  • Are you geographically limited in your choice of internship programs and live 50 miles or more from Bowling Green?
  • Are you able to locate sites to meet required competencies in clinical, foodservice management, and   community practice?
  • Are there Registered Dietitians in your area who are willing to serve as your preceptors?
  • Do you have daily access to a computer and the Internet?
  • Are you willing and motivated to assume responsibility for your learning?
  • Do you have good time management and organizational skills?
  • Are you an independent and self-disciplined learner?
  • Are you tech savvy? (word processing, Internet and e-mail skills required)

Please note: We are not prepared to accept applications from Massachusetts at this time. All other states are eligible. 

We also cannot accept International students who hold an F-1 or J-1 Visa.  Per the United States Code of Federal Regulations for international F-1 status students and J-1 Student Category, only one class per semester per academic year may be taken online towards the full-time credit hour requirement.  www.bgsu.edu/iss


Fall Semester

FN 6200 Introduction to Dietetic Internship
The purpose of this course is to prepare you for rotations.  In addition to content review, you will begin to accumulate supervised practice hours through the completion of simulations and case studies

FN 6110 Advanced Clinical Nutrition
This course reviews the pathophysiology of major disease states and impact on normal nutrition and metabolism. Current research, critical evaluation of resources, current practice, and evidence-based recommendations for medical nutrition therapy will be addressed.

FN 6100 Macronutrients for Human Nutrition
This course emphasizes metabolism of the structural and energy furnishing nutrients as applied to the nutritional requirements and food supplies of people


FN 6090 Micronutrients through the Life Span
This course Emphasizes human needs and food sources of vitamins and minerals during health and disease conditions.

7 graduate credits

Spring Semester

FN 6210 Dietetic Internship I
This course includes placement in hospital, clinical, management and community settings for 32 hours/week (full-time) or 16 hours/week (part-time)

FN 6070 Family and Community Nutrition
This course reviews the fundamental nutrition needs for the family and community at all social levels. 

4 graduate credits

Summer Session

FN 6220 Dietetic Internship II
This course continues the accumulation of supervised practice hours. 

FN 6800 Seminar in Food and Nutrition
This course addresses current research in food and nutrition. 

4 graduate credits


If you wish to pursue the Master's of Food & Nutrition (MFN) degree after completing the dietetic internship & graduate certificate program please review the linked resource below for more information on making the transition to the master's degree