Distance Dietetic Internship

The Distance Dietetic Internship at Marshall University is housed within the Department of Dietetics in the College of Health Professions. The Department of Dietetics strives to deliver the highest quality dietetic education utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of dietetics professionals in an environment that is sensitive to a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse student body.

Marshall University is a multi-campus public university providing innovative undergraduate and graduate education that contributes to the development of society and the individual. The University actively facilitates learning through the preservation, discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of knowledge.

The Marshall University College of Health Professions is dedicated to the integrity of the programs through maintenance of rigorous professional education standards and through the high expectation of student learning and performance.

Marshall’s Distance Dietetic Internship (DDI) is a post-baccalaureate program providing students with the supervised practice experience required for eligibility to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). For a more detailed description of the requirements for becoming a RDN, visit here.

Marshall’s Dietetic Internship is accredited by

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
800.877.1600 ext. 5400


The Dietetic Internship’s mission is to develop successful, entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who are able to promote optimal nutrition and health to individuals, groups, and communities by providing a variety of nutrition experiences in urban and rural areas.

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

Goal 1:  Provide comprehensive experiences in school and community nutrition, foodservice management, and medical nutrition therapy.

  • Upon completion of the DI, 85% of interns will express satisfaction with the comprehensiveness of experiences in all rotations
  • 90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to comprehensiveness of experiences during the internship.
  • 90% of DI alumni will identify they were prepared for entry-level practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist after program completion.

Goal 2:  Prepare graduates who are competent entry-level practitioners.

  • Upon final evaluation of each rotation, 100% of interns will receive a performance rating of Meets Expectations or higher on all knowledge requirements for dietetic interns.
  • At least 80% of program graduates completed program/degree requirements within 15 months (150% of planned program length).
  • At least 85% of program graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  •  Of graduates who seek employment, at least 85% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  •  90% of DI alumni will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to preparation for competence as an entry-level practitioner.
  •  90% of employers of program graduates will rate the program as “satisfactory” or higher on items related to competence of the graduate as an entry-level practitioner.

Outcome data for programmatic goals are available upon request.