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The Dietetic Internship at VUMC

The Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a post-baccalaureate certificate program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Interns receive 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical nutrition, food systems management and community nutrition with a concentration in disease management / health promotion. Sixteen interns are selected for the 10 month - 44 week program, which typically runs from August to June of each year.

The Dietetic Internship Program at Vanderbilt began in 1929. Our program is one of the oldest and most well established programs in the nation.  We have trained 1000+ future dietitians to become leaders and difference makers in the areas of food and nutrition.  Over the past five years, 98% of Vanderbilt's Dietetic Internship graduates have successfully completed the registration examination on their first attempt.

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship will provide a pre-eminent supervised practice program that is an excellent model for the preparation of knowledgeable, talented and compassionate entry level dietitians delivering high quality nutrition therapy in the hospital and innovative nutrition programming within community based systems and networks. 

Employment Statistics

Vanderbilt's Dietetic Internship graduates are employed in many areas of dietetic practice.

100% of Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship graduates have successfully passed the national credentialing examination for registered dietitian nutritionists within one year of first attempt. 

The program's excellent reputation and opportunities in dietetics have allowed 100% of our graduates from 2017 to obtain employment in the field. Note: some graduates do not immediately seek employment following graduation due to relocation, marriage, parenthood, etc.

Contact is maintained with graduated through post-internship surveys.

Accreditation Status

The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400. 

The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program reserves the right to revise its curriculum policies, or fees in response to changing conditions.