Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship Program Overview


Thank you for your interest in the Solmaz Institute Dietetic Internship.   All interns who successfully complete our program are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) certification exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Solmaz Institute provides a unique post-baccalaureate dietetic internship that focuses on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity in addition to meeting the basic competencies set forth by ACEND.  At this time there are no other programs with this concentration.  Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

Interested in applying?  Selected candidates will meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian.  Go to the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) at to read more about this profession.  Learn where RDs practice and what they do!
  •  Completion of a bachelor’s degree, with coursework from an ACEND accredited program (coursework would include nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, chemistries and related labs, statistics, etc).  Those who have successfully completed the required undergraduate coursework will have a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement.  If you are interested in practicing in the field of nutrition and dietetics please go to to learn more about programs in your area that offer this coursework.  The Dietetic Internship is a post-baccalaureate program only, the required undergraduate courses are not offered at LRU at this time.
  • Further application requirements and instructions can be found under the Admissions tab on the left sidebar of this page.

The Dietetic Internship program offers two location options: Carolinas (North or South Carolina) and a distance option where supervised practice rotations are completed in the intern's own geographic area.  For more information, please select location options on the sidebar.

The Dietetic Internship program currently consists of the following components:

  • An onsite orientation held on the Hickory campus, during which interns will be familiarized with program details and receive preparation for the supervised practice rotations. 
  • Four supervised practice rotations: clinical (14 weeks/560 hours), community (10 weeks/400 hours), administrative (6 weeks/240 hours) and enrichment (2 weeks/80 hours).  
  • Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management course offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Note: students are responsible for all costs associated with this program, including travel, registration, food and lodging.  Our students do receive discounted registration for the course.  
  • An onsite capstone course held on the Asheville campus, designed to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout the year and provide preparation for moving forward professionally

Beginning with the 2016-2017 internship year, the Dietetic Internship program will have the following structure:

  • An onsite orientation as described above
  • Three supervised practice rotations: clinical (12 weeks/480 hours), community (12 weeks/480 hours) and administrative (6 weeks/240 hours)
  • Childhood and Adolescent Weight Managment Self-Study Module offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • An online capstone course, with content as described above.

Timeline and Graduation Requirements

The Dietetic Internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) 10 month program and runs from mid-August through mid-May annually.  Beginning with the 2016-2017 internship year, the Dietetic Internship will be 9 months and will run from mid-August through April annually.

To graduate, the intern must complete the required didactic work, supervised practice hours, graduate coursework, Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management course (beginning 2016-2017: Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Self-Study Module) and demonstrate satisfactory performance and competence throughout the program rotations, as evaluated by site preceptors and the Dietetic Internship Director.  The intern must complete all program and self-assessments.  The intern must demonstrate no misconduct, academic or non-academic, and must perform ethically in accordance with the values of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The intern will receive a Dietetic Internship Verification Statement following successful completion of the dietetic internship.  Their name will also be submitted to CDR for eligibility for the RD exam.

Instructions for Application

Please select the Admissions tab on the left sidebar of this page for application instructions.




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