Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship-Master of Science (DI-MS) program at Bradley University, with an emphasis in wellness, offers interns the unique opportunity to deepen their experience in the wellness arena through carefully designed research and crafted rotations in wellness. Successfully completing all requirements of this program qualifies interns to take the RD exam.

The DI-MS program at Bradley is a multi-track, full-time, post-baccalaureate program, which leads to a MS degree. The program consists of six consecutive semesters starting in the fall (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring, summer). The 1,240 supervised practice hours includes twelve weeks clinical, eight weeks wellness, six weeks food service, and five weeks community. 

What makes this internship unique?

  • The emphasis in wellness encompasses university wellness, community wellness and corporate wellness.
  • Interns are able to complete a portion of their wellness rotation in an area and geographical location that is specific to their interests. 
  • Interns have the opportunity to work on a wellness focused research project, with the possibility of publishing.
  • Interns have access to a state-of-the-art counseling room, nutrition lab, food lab, as well as all other facilities on campus.
  • Interns edit and write nutrition articles for the university and community
  • Interns assist in the development and implementation of a nutrition workshop
  • Interns develop and prepare an international menu for a cultural event on campus
  • Interns have the opportunity to be involved with the Central Illinois Wellness Council
  • During winter break, interns can opt to take a study abroad course that focuses on international healthcare. Note: This is not covered in the bundled price.
  • Interns are exposed to a variety of facilities and preceptors providing a well-rounded experience that focuses on wellness

UPDATE: We are no longer recruiting students for our 1-year, DI program. The 1-year program will be phased out summer 2017.


The mission of the Dietetic Internship-Master of Science program is to prepare well-rounded, competent entry-level dietitians through excellence in education, scholarship and applied professional and supervised experiences with an emphasis in wellness so they may become leaders in the dietetic health profession.

Program Goals and Outcomes*

  1. Graduates are prepared for careers as registered dietitians.
    • Over a five year period, 90% of interns will complete all program requirements within thirty six months of the planned time from beginning the program
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within twelve months of program completion.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates will successfully pass the registration examination on the first try.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as prepared or well-prepared for their first dietetic related position.
    • At least 80% of employers who respond to a survey will rate DI-MS graduates ≥ 3 on a 5-point scale as competent entry-level registered dietitians within their first year of employment.
  2. Graduates are prepared for professional growth and continuing education/lifelong learning.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report that they attended a minimum of one professional meeting at the local, state, national, or international level during the year.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report they are participating in enough continuing education activities to maintain their registered dietitian status.
  3. Graduates are able to incorporate wellness into their profession.
    • Over a five-year period, 80% of DI-MS graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report they are involved in wellness in their current employment, scholarship or volunteer activities.
    • Over a five-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will identify that MS-DI graduates are able to promote wellness within their positions.
    *Data is available upon request.

Program Costs

  • Bundled price for the 2-year DI-MS program is $38,500, which includes a full master's degree and the option to select one of four tracks (thesis, counseling, global perspectives, or curriculum and instruction).
  • Two Graduate Assistantships are available for the first year. Prospective students must apply for positions through DICAS. (Please see the section on the application process for more details.)
  • Additional costs:
    • TB test (on campus) need documentation if done off campus...$10
    • Professional liability insurance…$25
    • Application fees…$75 ($35 DI, $40 graduate school)
    • Background check...$40
    • Drug screen....$50
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership...$58
    • Hepatitis B vaccine (on campus) need documentation if done off campus...$58 
    • Parking on campus...$50-200
    • Books...$200-$600
    • Housing...variable, typically ranges from $400-$600/month
    • Food Sanitation Certification (must be valid in Illinois)
      (proof of completion must be submitted, if done off campus)...$110-$160
    • Transportation (public transportation will not work for all sites)...variable

Financial Aid

  • Financial assistance is available.
    • Contact Student Financial Services, 100 Swords Hall, (309) 677-3089
  • Graduate Assistantships are available. (Please see the section on the application process for more details.)

Accreditation Status

This program has received Accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 800/877-1600).

Admission Requirements

Admission into the DI program requires a GPA of 3.0. The GRE is required and official scores must be reported to the Graduate School. Admissions will also be based upon the DICAS application forms, which includes a personal statement, official transcripts, letters of recommendation and DPD verification statements. Admission to the DI program is contingent upon admission into the Graduate School. Admissions criteria for the Graduate School can be viewed on Bradley University’s Graduate Catalog.

We accept 10 dietetic interns each year. We participate in the spring match process through the DICAS system. Prospective interns will also need to submit their rankings to D&D Digital. Bradley University's number is 752. We also participate in the second round match, if necessary. For the second round match, our DICAS portal will be open until all spots are filled. 

Application Process

To apply to the Dietetic Internship-Master of Science program at Bradley University, please complete the DICAS application by February 15, 2017. Also, applicants must complete the Graduate School application, which is due February 23, 2017. 

Please use the following checklist to ensure you submit all necessary information.

Checklist for Applying to Bradley University’s Dietetic Internship-Master of Science Program

1. Dietetic Internship application (on DICAS) (due February 15, 2017)

  • DICAS application
    • Personal statement:
      1. Describe why you are interested in Bradley University’s Dietetic Internship-Master of Science program
      2. Explain achievements and work experience that you consider relevant to your interest in and capacity for graduate study
      3. Briefly state your career objectives and how this program will assist you in attaining these goals
      4. Briefly describe your experience with research
    • Current resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Verification statement of completion of DPD program or intent to complete form
    • Original transcripts of every school you have attended (sent to DICAS) (Please note: this includes schools where you only took one course)  

2. Official copy of GRE scores must be sent to our Graduate School (#1070)

3. Graduate School's additional information (due February 23, 2017) 

  • You will receive an email from the Graduate School after you have uploaded your DICAS application. This email will outline how to complete the Graduate School's requirements. (Please note: The Graduate School's requirements for the DI-MS is different than other programs, so you only need to follow the directions in the email.)
  • You must complete the Graduate School's requirements  by February 23, 2017 for your packet to be considered complete.
      1. You will need to set up an account with the Graduate School.
      2. You must pay the application fee.
  • Please note: Your DICAS application contains nearly all necessary information, so please only include the additional information we need!
  • We appreciate you completing the Graduate School's requirements as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the deadline!

4. Skype interviews (March 2017)

  • We will notify applicants regarding their interview in early March.

5. Graduate Assistantship Application (due February 15, 2017 on DICAS and February 23, 2017 via the Graduate School)

  • Graduate Assistantships are available for the 2017-2018 year. Graduate assistant (GA) positions will be through the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Department at Bradley University. The FCS department consists of six undergraduate majors (Community Wellness, Dietetics, FCS, FCS-Teacher Education, Hospitality Leadership, and Retail Merchandising) and one graduate program (MS-DI). GAs provide service to all of these areas.
  • Twenty (20) weekly clock hours of service are required during fall 2017 and spring 2018 in exchange for tuition assistance and a stipend. Duties include assisting faculty and staff in all areas with instructional, administrative, or research tasks. These responsibilities could include, but are not limited to, grading, proctoring make-up exams, laboratory preparations, data entry in Excel or SPSS, literature searches, or compiling data/records for departmental reports. Other tasks involve clerical skills such as word processing, copying/scanning, and answering phones.
  • Candidates should possess strong communication, time management, and organizational skills as well as attention to detail, flexibility, initiative, and problem-solving.
  • In order to apply you must:
    • Provide a letter addressing why you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship in FCS and your qualifications for the position. Your letter must be uploaded in DICAS by the February 15, 2017 deadline.
    • Submit the "Graduate Assistantship Application" found on the Graduate School's website ( and your DICAS resume to the Graduate School. As described in step 3, you must first submit your DICAS application before you can set up your account with the Graduate School. Once you have your Graduate School account, you will be able to upload both required documents ("Graduate Assistantship Application" and your DICAS resume). This must be completed by the February 23, 2017 deadline).
  • Notifications for Graduate Assistantships will take place in April/May.

Graduation and DI completion requirements

Interns must successfully complete all coursework and supervised experience practices including documentation of attainment of competencies through evaluations and assignments.

  • During the program’s supervised practice component, an intern must meet the competencies as determined for that experience. The intern will be given formal evaluations throughout the internship. Interns may be given additional time to complete supervised experiences, pending approval of DI Director and preceptors. Interns must complete all supervised practice rotations no later than (12 months) following the scheduled time for completion of the program.
  • Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate classes to successfully complete the internship and receive graduate credit for courses.
  • Interns must have no outstanding financial or other program obligations prior to graduation from the program.

Verification statement procedures

Upon successful completion of the DI-MS program, each intern will receive a Verification Statement. This is the form used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)(formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) to verify that all academic and supervised practice requirements are met for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) Active membership. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires it for eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The DI Director will notify CDR when interns have completed all requirements for eligibility for the Registration Examination. Upon notification from CDR, it will be the graduate’s responsibility to make arrangements to take the exam.

Credentialing process for registered dietitians

Interns that successfully complete this internship will receive a verification statement from the DI Director. This is required for all individuals to sit for the national registration exam, which is a required step in the process of becoming a registered dietitian. After fulfilling the requirements for becoming a registered dietitian, some states may require further licensure. For information on state licensure requirements, please contact the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at For information on Illinois state licensure, certification, and registration, please visit

Visiting Campus

  • If you would like to learn more about our program, meet the DI faculty, DI Director, or current interns, please email We can set up individual visit days that fit your schedule.
  • Please look for us at FNCE in Boston, MA at the internship recruitment fair on October 16, 2016  and at the St. Louis University dietetic internship forum on November 11, 2016. We would love to meet you and discuss our program!
  • Follow us on Facebook for more information (Bradley University Dietetic Internship Program).

Dietetic Internship Director

Amanda Newell, PhD, RDN, LDN
Family and Consumer Sciences Department
Bradley University
21 Bradley Hall
1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Peoria, IL 61625
Phone: (309) 677-3736
Fax: (309) 677-3813