College of Education and Professional Studies

Dietetic Internship

This internship is designed to allow students to complete the requirements for the Dietetic Internship and a Master's Degree in one year. This 12 month program begins in January or June and comes to completion at graduation after three semesters (Spring, Fall, and Summer).

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Management is structured to provide knowledge and skills in human nutrition, principles of management, food science, and practice in problem solving and decision making. The curriculum encourages critical and creative thought, development of skills in human relations and communications and the value of life-long learning. The academic program is sensitive to changes in dynamic society; it emphasizes personal and professional growth as well as research. There are diverse opportunities for the graduate in the areas of food service management or education, administration, and nutritional care and health promotion.

The masters degree program is not required of dietetic interns, but interns are still required to complete 20 hours of graduate credit.  To earn the MS degree, an intern would complete an additional 12 hours of credit.


The dietetic internship strives to develop competent, entry-level dietetic professionals through excellence in education and transformative learning experiences.


  1. The internship will prepare students for careers as registered dietitians.
  2. The internship will foster a commitment to professional growth and development.

About our Internship

The Nutrition and Food Management internship at The University of Central Oklahoma is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800/877-1600). Upon completion of this Dietetic Internship (DI), students are eligible to take the Registration Examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).

  • Consists of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences in various sites throughout the OKC metro area.
  • Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Complete 32 hours of graduate credit to obtain a Master's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science (optional).


  • 3 Rotation Areas
    • Clinical Nutrition (10 weeks) at one of the various hospitals in the OKC metro area
    • Food and Nutrition Management (10 weeks) at one of the various hospitals or long term care facilities in the OKC metro area
    • Community Nutrition (10 weeks) at various community nutrition sites throughout OKC metro area

DI Curriculum

  • Required Graduate Classes
    • Foodservice Financial Management
    • Advanced Clinical Nutrition
    • Management of Nutrition Services
    • Nutrition Assessment
    • Internship: Nutrition/Food Management
    • Nutrition in Public Policy
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Prenatal and Pediatric Nutrition
    • Additional classes added as available

Why Choose UCO?

  • Completion of Master's Degree
    • Obvious benefits: Advanced education and skills
    • Additional benefits: People with a Master's Degree rate above the rest of the population in income, family status, health, self-satisfaction, and community awareness
    • Non thesis program with thesis option
    • You can meet people from other parts of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world. UCO is home to students from 73 of the state's 77 counties, 40 of the 50 states, and 97 foreign countries.
    • At UCO, you get more education for your dollar. Tuition is among the lowest in Oklahoma and competitively low in the U.S.

Estimated Cost of DI Program (2011)

  • Tuition (for 1 year)
    • Oklahoma Resident
      • $201.25/credit hour
      • 20 credit hours = $4,025
    • Non-Resident
      • $476.80/credit hour
      • 20 credit hours = $9,536
  • Fees
    • UCO Application Fee
      • $50 (non-refundable)
    • Internship Application Fee
      • $40 (non-refundable)
    • Graduation Fee
      • $25 (one time fee)
    • Dietetic Internship
      • $1000 each Fall & Spring semester
    • DICAS Centralized Computer Application
      • $40 (first application, $20 for each additional application submitted)
    • D & D Digital Computer Matching
      • $50
  • Other Expenses
    • Background Check and 9-Panel Drug Screen
      • The internship utilizes Certified Background for these services at a cost of $39.00 for the background check and $37.00 for the drug screen. Students can provide results from their own provider if desired.
    • Textbooks/Supplies
      • $500 (estimated)
    • Room/Board
      • $500/month (estimated)
    • Professional Liability Insurance
      • Two payments of $15
    • Lab Coat/Shoes/Clothing
      • $150 (estimated)
    • Transporation/Gasoline
      • $150 (estimated)
  • Professional Membership/Meetings
    • ADA Affiliate Membership
      • $49 (student price)
    • Professional Meetings
      • $100 (ODA, OCDDA)
    • ADA Annual Meeting
      • Variable (optional)
    • Other Dietetics Meetings
      • Variable

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics with a GPA of 3.0 in the final 87 hours of coursework and no D's or F's in required courses
  • A verification statement from an ACEND accredited institution obtained within the last 5 years
  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum total score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions and no score below 150 on either part. A minimum of 4.0 is also required on the analytical (essay) portion
  • Applicants will be ranked on a point system for acceptance into the program (limited number of applicants can be accepted each semester)
  • UCO participates in the computer-matching program from D & D Digital.
  • On the application, list all names by which you have been known (i.e., maiden name, previous married names, aliases, etc.)
  • No alterations to the report will be accepted
  • As most area hospitals utilize electronic medical records, interns will have to demonstrate typing proficiency before the beginning of rotations
  • Interns will be expected to comply with conservative, professional standards of appearance (no facial piercings, no visible tattoos, neat hair and clothing)
  • Drug screen and background check will be required after acceptance at student's expense
  • UCO participates in the DICAS computerized application system

Typical Week

  • Monday - Friday
    • Days
      • Supervised practice rotations for 8 hours
    • Evenings
      • Classes 2-3 days/week
      • Classes approximately 2 hours 45 minutes each


  • Verification Statement received
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Management degree completed (optional)
  • Eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians through the CDR

How Do I Apply?

  • Application to graduate school
  • Complete DICAS application
  • Register with D & D Digital for computer matching
  • Send $40.00 application fee (payable to UCO) by USPS mail to:
    • University of Central Oklahoma
    • Attn: Tiffany Shurtz MS, RD/LD
    • University Center, Box 118
    • 100 University Drive
    • Edmond, OK 73034 

Any Questions?

For further answers and information, contact Tiffany Shurtz
Phone: (405) 974-5369