Ball State’s full-time Dietetic Internship is designed to prepare you for successful practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Successful completion of the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietetics Internship option qualifies you to sit for the exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The six steps required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist are as follows:

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree and earn a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited undergraduate program (like the Ball State Didactic Program in Dietetics).
  2. Get matched to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (like the Ball State Dietetic Internship Program).
  3. Complete a Master's Degree (like the Ball State MS in Nutrition and Dietetics for Aspiring Dietitians).
  4. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR’s) dietetic registration exam.
  5. Obtain certification/licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.   
  6. Maintain continuing education as outlined by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The mission of the Ball State University Dietetic Internship Program is to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who meet or exceed the ACEND-required competencies.  The program will foster a culture of collaboration through inter-professional development and community engagement. 

  • Goal 1: Graduates will become registered dietitian nutritionists that participate in community engagement.
    Objective 1.1: “At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 24 months (150% of the program length)”.
    Objective 1.2: “Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation”.
    Objective 1.3: “Ninety percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion”.
    Objective 1.4: “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%”.
    Objective 1.5: At least 80% of employer surveys returned will indicate agreement with the statement that “program graduates are prepared for entry-level practice.”
    Objective 1.6: At least 80% of the alumni surveys returned will indicate agreement with the statement “I have participated in community engagement”
  • Goal 2:  Graduates will participate in interprofessional activities.
    Objective 2.1: At least 80% of the alumni surveys returned will indicate agreement with the statement “I have collaborated with members from other professions.”

*2021 One-year pass rate of 96%, other outcomes data available upon request.

Program Overview

The Dietetic Internship is only offered as a part of the Aspiring Dietitian MS in Nutrition and Dietetics program.  The 18-month graduate program includes 27 credit hours of online graduate coursework, a 26-week Dietetic Internship, and optional clinical rotations in the areas of eating disorders, pediatric diabetes, and advanced clinical dietetics.  Upon completion of the graduate program, students will earn their MS in Nutrition and Dietetics degree and their DI Verification Statement.  At this time, the student will be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Exam from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Program Application Process

The DI will accept applications in the fall and spring for a program starting the next May.

Early Access DI Admission Option (BSU Undergraduates only) 


  1. Attend the Early Access DI Admission meeting in September to learn about the program application process and to get the necessary application materials.
  2. Apply to the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics Aspiring Dietitians graduate program by October 4.  Attendance at the Early Access DI Admission meeting will qualify you for the Graduate School application fee waiver.
  3. Email your Early Access Application to the DI Director by October 4.
  4. Participate in a DI Interview with the DI Director between October 4 and 15. Offers for the DI will be shared between October 16 and 31 with acceptance/rejections of offer made on or by November 15.

DICAS DI Admission

Open to all students with a DPD Verification Statement or a DPD Declaration of Intent.

  1. Attend a DI Open House or recruitment event to learn about the program and application process.
  2. Apply to the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics Aspiring Dietitians graduate program by October 4.  Attendance at a DI Open House or recruitment event will qualify you for the Graduate school application fee waiver.
  3. Upload all the necessary application materials into the DICAS by October 4.  Application materials include the following:
    • Personal Statement (750-1000 words) sharing 2 unique experiences that highlight your undergraduate achievements, your short- and long-term professional goals, and how the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics will assist you in achieving these goals, and
    • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including Dual Credit
    • Three letters of recommendation (2 faculty + 1 work supervisor)
    • DPD Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent
    • DICAS Application
  4. Participate in a DI Interview with the DI Director between October 4 and 15. Offers for the DI will be shared between October 16 and 31 with acceptance/rejections of offer made on or by November 15.

Sample Graduate Study Plan1

Summer 1 (3-6 credits)

Fall 1 (9-12 credits)

Spring 1 (9-12 credits)

Electives (3-6)2

HSC 687 (3)

NUTR 642 (3)3

HSC 683 (3)

NUTR 697 (3)

NUTR 647 (3)

NUTR 648 (3)

Elective (0-3)

Summer 2 (6 credits)

Fall 2 (3 credits)

NUTR 690 (6)

NUTR 690 (3)

1Program is 36 credit hours; 27 in course work and 9 for the DI
2
Program includes 9 elective hours. Those students writing a thesis will use 6 elective hours for their thesis hours.
3
A grade of B- or higher in NUTR 642 must be earned before starting the DI.

Program Information

Program Expenses

Tuition will be paid for 36 hours.  The current tuition rate can be found here.  Additionally, students will pay the Technology Fee ($100-$150/semester).  Financial aid may be available in addition to department scholarships.

During the program, many students live at home, with friends or relatives, in a graduate residence hall, or in a shared apartment. When considering leases, please remember the DI starts in mid May and there are a limited number of DI sites in the Muncie area.

This includes attending the annual meeting ($80), usually in the Indianapolis area, in April. Travel expenses and lodging costs will vary.

Dietetic interns must hold an active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics throughout their entire program (graduate coursework and DI; $116.00 - $58/yr). With this membership, you automatically become a member of the Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

After completing 3 semesters (SU1, FA1, and SP1) of online graduate coursework, the interns are ready to begin the Dietetic Internship portion of the program. All internships will begin in mid-May and be completed by mid-December.

Internship Rotations

  • Orientation - 1 week (40 hours) in the Health Profession Building on Ball State University's campus in Muncie, IN
  • Hospital food service management rotation – 8 weeks (320 hours)
  • Hospital nutrition therapy rotation – 11 weeks (440 hours)
  • Community nutrition/business rotation – 6 weeks at one or two sites (240 hours)
  • Specialty Rotation - optional  (1 - 5 weeks)
Dietetic Internship Affiliation City in which the facility is located
American Dairy Association Indiana Indianapolis, IN
Greenwood Meadows-American Senior Communities Greenwood, IN
Ball State University Dining Muncie, IN
Collaborative Counseling and Nutrition Indianapolis, IN
Cummins, Inc Columbus, IN
Elkhart County Health Department - WIC Elkhart, IN
Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Indianapolis, IN
Diabetes Care Center: Community Hospital Anderson Anderson, IN
Farrington Specialty Center Fort Wayne, IN
Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Indianapolis, IN
Fort Wayne Community Schools Fort Wayne, IN
Four Seasons Retirement Facility Columbus, IN
Greenwood Community Schools Greenwood, IN
Hamilton Southeastern Schools Fishers, IN
Indianapolis Public Schools Indianapolis, IN
Heartland Food Products Group Carmel, IN
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Bariatric and Medical Weight Loss Center Muncie, IN
IU Health Riley Children's Hospital Indianapolis, IN
Hooverwood Living Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Colts     Indianapolis, IN
Marion County Public Health Department/WIC Indianapolis, IN
Madison County WIC Anderson, IN

Majestic Care

throughout IN

Mississinewa Community Schools

Gas City, IN
Marion Health Outpatient Services Marion, IN
Neighborhood Health Clinics-WIC Fort Wayne, IN
Modify Nutrition Education - Purdue University Extension Virtual
New Hope Services Scottsburg, IN
Nutrition Education Programs-Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
Nutrition Services, Inc.  Warsaw, IN
Open Door Health Services-WIC  Muncie, IN

Parkview Diabetes Treatment Center

Fort Wayne, IN
Notre Dame Athletics Notre Dame, IN
Pacer Sports and Entertainment Indianapolis, IN
Parkview Hospital Weight Management  Fort Wayne, IN
Parkview Hospital Pediatrics Clinic  Fort Wayne, IN
Parkview Hospital Eating Disorders Clinic  Fort Wayne, IN
Parkview Hospital Oncology Center  Fort Wayne, IN
Riverview Health Diabetes Center Noblesville, IN
Selah House Anderson, IN
Seymour Community Schools Seymour, IN

Sport ONE

Fort Wayne, IN

Westercamp Consulting

Virtual
Swiss Village, Inc. Berne, IN
University of Louisville Athletics Louisville, KY
 
Dietetic Internship Affiliation City in which the facility is located Length of Rotation
Diabetes Youth Foundation Camp - Camp Counselor Noblesville, IN

1 week in June

Sites City in which the facility is located

Ascension St. Vincent Anderson 

Anderson, IN

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville

Evansville, IN

Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo

Kokomo, IN

Baptist Health Floyd

New Albany, IN

Community Hospital Anderson

Anderson, IN

Community North Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

Elkhart General Hospital

Elkhart, IN

Eskenazi Health

Indianapolis, IN

Franciscan Health

Indianapolis, IN

Goshen Hospital

Goshen, IN

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Muncie, IN

IU Health Methodist

Indianapolis, IN

IU Health University

Indianapolis, IN

Lutheran Hospital of Indiana

Fort Wayne, IN

Marion General Hospital

Marion, IN

Norton King's Daughters Health

Madison, IN

Parkview Health

Fort Wayne, IN

Reid Health

Richmond, IN

Riverview Health

Noblesville, IN

Schneck Medical Center

Seymour, IN

VA Northern Indiana

Marion and Fort Wayne, IN

Download our dietetic internship program handbook (PDF), and contact dietetic internship director Melanie Burns for more information.

The Ball State Dietetic Internship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600, ext. 5400. http://www.eatrightPRO.org/acend