Track 3: Dietetic Internship + Thesis Masters

Program Completion Requirements

Completion of DPD requirements prior to enrolling in Viterbo's internship and completion of supervised practice as part of the internship are required to be eligible to take the exam to become a registered dietitian (R.D.). 

The dietetic internship with thesis Masters at Viterbo lasts 14 months with 8 months of supervised practice or clinical rotations. For the 2023-24 academic year, the clinical portion of the internship begins August 28, 2023 and is completed on May 10, 2024. For the Masters portion of the program classes will start online May 15, 2023 and run through June 28, 2024. The internship provides at least 1,000 hours of supervised practice in both community and medical dietetics as well as food service management. Supervised practice is 30 hours per week Monday through Friday. 

 In order to complete the dietetic internship, successful completion of at least 1,000 hours is required. All competencies must be completed and the intern must consistently abide by all policies and procedures including those related to HIPPA requirements and the Academy's standards of professional responsibility.

Specific requirements for each course within the internship + thesis option:
  Course Credits
  NUTR 540* – Nutrition, Disease, and the Inflammatory State 3
NUTR 520* – Systems Approach to Obesity Prevention 3
  NUTR 630 – Medical Nutrition Therapy III 3
  NUTR 550* – Nutrigenomics 3
  NUTR 545 – Advanced Nutrition Counseling 3
  NUTR 640 – Research I Methods 3
  NUTR 530 – Evidence Analysis and Systematic Reviews Evidence Analysis Project 3
  NUTR 641 – Research II Analysis 3
  NUTR 591 – Health Assessment and MNT Review 3
  NUTR 592 – Supervised Practice in Health Promotion 6
  NUTR 593 – Supervised Practice in Health Management 6
  TOTAL 39

*Example of elective – interns would have choice of elective option depending on their declared emphasis: MNT, sports nutrition, or community management

Program costs
DICAS online application fee $20–45
Computer matching fee $50
Activity fee $95/semester
Technology fee $250/semester
Internship tuition $640/credit x 39 credits $24,960
Phase I summer session – 9 credits (May 15-August 18, 2023) $5,760
Phase II fall semester – 15 credits (August 28-December 15, 2023) $9,600
Phase III spring semester – 12 credits (January 15-May 10, 2024) $7,680
Phase IV summer session – 3 credits (May 13-June 28, 2024) $1,920
Liability insurance $24
RD exam review session $300
Academy student membership $35
Housing costs ($500/month average) varies
Resource material (books, lab coat, calculator, etc.) $200
Car transportation to and from clinical sites per semester $300


Internship Handbook (Track 3)


Sample Schedule Dual DI and Thesis MSCMD