UMMC Dietetic Internship on graduation day

The UMMC Dietetic Internship accepts up 6 interns annually. The small class size provide individual attention and tailored educational experiences to each intern. Interns are mentored to develop critical thinking and communication skills, meet clinical competencies, and gain hands-on experience with complex nutrition assessments and interventions.

UMMC's Dietetic Internship is a 35-week, clinically-focused program specializing in nutrition support and has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetic (ACEND) since 1990. Find more information on ACEND, by phone at 800/877-1600, ext. 5400 or via mail at:

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

To become a Registered Dietitian, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires that an individual complete both didactic coursework and supervised practice experiences in programs accredited by ACEND. Individuals who complete an ACEND-accredited DPD program and earn a verification statement are eligible to apply to a supervised practice program such as UMMC's Dietetic Internship. After completion of the required supervised practice program and award of the relevant verification statement, the individual may apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian. More information on the credentialing is available.

Degree Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, CDR will also require that applicants have achieve a minimum of a Master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam. Applicants holding a Bachelor's degree must meet all eligibility requirements, which must be submitted to the CDRs Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before midnight Central Time December 31, 2023. More information on the graduate degree requirement is available.

State Licensure

Several states have enacted laws which regulate the practice of dietetics. Dietitian-Nutritionists and Nutritionists are required to be licensed in the state of Maryland. For more information on Maryland licensure, visit the Maryland Department of Health. For a list of state regulatory agencies, please refer to the CDR's website.