Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! The MVAHCS dietetic internship is no more difficult to get accepted into than other dietetic internships. Any U.S citizen with a Master's Degree (for standalone DI) or Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics and a DPD verification statement (for M.P.S/DI or M.S./DI) who is interested in a comprehensive supervised practice experience with dedicated and engaged preceptors and director who work with you one-on-one, strong clinical and specialized experience, assistance in finding employment, and an allocation, paid bi-weekly, should apply. See Application tab for more specifics.
If you are a Bachelor's Student with a DPD verification statement, apply for the MPS/DI track.Step 1) Apply for the early application (deadline of 12/1) MPS/DI, through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Step 2) Once you receive your acceptance letter, apply for the MVAHCS MPS/DI program through DICAS and include your acceptance letter in your application packet
Step 3) Interview
Step 4) Participate in the DND Digital match process and select program code 1056
Step 5) Get selected and have both your graduate class and your internship spot reserved!
(If you applied spring of 2024, you would start graduate coursework in the fall of 2024 and your internship in the fall of 2025, to graduate in 2026).
If you are a Master's Student with a DPD verification statement, apply for the DI Only track.Step 1) Go to the MVAHCS DICAS page and apply to the DI Only, also known as the Stand-alone DI, track by 2/15/23. Include your MS and BS transcripts in your application.
Step 2) Interview
Step 3) Participate in the DND Digital match process and select program code 256.
Step 4) Get selected and start your DI in the fall!
(If you applied spring of 2024, you would start your internship program in the fall of 2024, to graduate in 2025).
All interns in the MVAHCS program have the same rotations and experiences that are all entirely coordinated by the internship director. We have found that having the opportunity to practice the Nutrition Care Process in a variety of clinical settings both inside and outside the VA prepares our graduates extremely well for entry-level practice in any setting, as well as the RD exam, and is one of the strengths of our program. You do not have to find any of your own supervised practice sites.
The steps for becoming a RDN include:
Graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians, the third step required for becoming a RDN.
All applicants to the MVAHCS must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
Currently, the policy of the MVAHCS is that any VHA employee (including Health Professions Trainees, i.e. Dietetic Interns) or volunteer who works in VHA facilities, visits VHA facilities, or provides direct care to those we serve is required to be fully vaccinated (inital vaccination series plus at least one booster).
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