FIRST in Service

Dietetic Interns enjoyed serving at God's Pantry Food Bank.

Program Highlights

The UK DHN Dietetic Internship (DI) is a dynamic educational program dedicated to preparing post-baccalaureate students for entry into the dietetics profession. The program's educational and experiential activities respond to changes in the health care system, population demographics, society, technology and the food supply. The seven month long program offers experiences in the competencies necessary to practice as entry-level dietitians

Learning is enhanced by opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge through a variety of experiences in medical nutrition, foodservice systems management, and community nutrition with a concentration in food and nutrition systems management. The intern's individual and unique differences are considered in providing experiences that are designed to develop independence, initiative, creativity, maturity, critical thinking and self- reliance for entry into the profession. This is consistent with the high ethical standards and mission of the Department, the College, and the University of Kentucky.

The mission of the Dietetic Internship is to educate students through providing a high quality experience including evidence based knowledge in food and nutrition systems, that prepares students to meet or exceed high standards for entry level practice as dietitians.

The program goals and objectives that will be monitored can be found in the program handbook:  Handbook.  The program outcomes data is available upon request.


UK DHN Dietetic Internship consists of didactic and hybrid on-line education. During the Spring and two Summer sessions, the DI student will enroll as a post baccalaureate, certificate student and earn a total of 21 credit hours in order to complete the minimum required twelve hundred (1,200+) hours of supervised practice. You can find the program calendar/schedule in the program handbook: Handbook

The Supervised Practice Program includes experiences in metropolitan and rural health care settings, schools, universities, and hospital foodservice management systems, industry and government programs, and business and private consultative services. Upon successful completion of the 1,200+ supervised practice hours and all requirements for the Supervised Practice program, verification will be provided by the Director of the Dietetic Internship program.  The Verification of completion of dietetics programs is the method used by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to ensure that academic and supervised practice requirements for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or Commission on Dietetic Registration eligibility for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians have been met.

Registration Eligibility:

  1. Successful completion of the supervised practice program during medical nutrition, community and foodservice management rotations within Lexington, Louisville and other locations across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  2. Demonstrated competency in areas of didactic instruction.

Upon successful completion of the Supervised Practice Program, graduate students may choose to pursue a MS in Nutrition & Food Systems and the UK DHN Dietetic Internship. 


The Dietetic Internship at the University of Kentucky is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040.