Louis Stokes Cleveland Dietetic Internship Program - Dietetic Internship Program
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Louis Stokes Cleveland Dietetic Internship Program


 Cleveland Dietetic Interns

The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (LSCVAMC) offers a 12 month (49 week) ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship Program that is combined with a 17 month Master's Degree Program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Supervised practice experiences in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Foodservice Systems Management and Community Nutrition are offered in accordance with practice areas of registered dietitians at the LSCVAMC. The program offers a single concentration in Research Processes and Applications. Dietetic interns are paid a stipend of $15,033 during the 12 month dietetic internship and are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians upon dietetic internship completion in July.

Dietetic interns take a total of 15 graduate credit hours at CWRU during the first academic year (August to May). They are assigned a research preceptor who mentors them through the research project for the concentration. In the third and final semester of the graduate program, students enroll for 15 hours of graduate credit.

Over 400 registered dietitians have completed the accredited dietetic internship at the LSCDVAMC since the program began in 1965 and there have been over 700 graduates of the Combined Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program at CWRU during this time. These master's prepared registered dietitians are employed throughout the country for positions in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Community Nutrition, Foodservice Systems Management and Research.

Open House: Visitors are welcome throughout the year. Please contact Mrs. Aoun for an appointment. The program offers an open house each fall in cooperation with the Combined Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program at Case Western Reserve University. Please click on the link below for more information.

Application Deadline: Mid-February for April Computer Matching (see deadline set by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)).

Application Procedures: View the Application Procedures

Program Director's Message: Read the Program Director's Message

Dietetic Internship Start Date: Mid-August

Open House Information: Click Here

Virtual Open House Information: Click Here

Dietetic Internship Acceditation:
The Dietetic Internship Program at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: 800-877-1600 ext. 5400

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.