Dietetic Internship Program Goals

Goal 1

To facilitate the development and maintenance of Medical Nutrition Therapy knowledge and skills through interactive learning experiences while cultivating outstanding critical thinking skills to individualize interactions in diverse areas of dietetics practice.


  1. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 15 months (150% of program length).
  2. 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  3. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  4. 100% of program graduates rate staff guidance, to meet basic competencies, as outlined for each supervised practice experience, as satisfactory or above.
  5. 85% of employers rate the graduates Medical Nutrition Therapy Knowledge and skills and development of critical thinking skills to individualize each interaction, as satisfactory or above.

Goal 2

To prepare competent entry-level dietitian nutritionists who demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and career excellence.


  1. 100% of program graduates rate their overall confidence level that the internship prepared them as competent for entry level practice, as satisfactory or above.
  2. Of graduates who seek employment, 75% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months.
  3. 85 % of employers are satisfied with graduate preparation for entry-level practice.
  4. 85% of employers, will rate the graduates organizational skills, customer service skills, communication skills and overall commitment to professional growth and career development, as satisfactory or above.

The program outcomes data are available upon request.

Educational and professional requirements of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

The Henry Ford Hospital Dietetic Internship qualifies as an ACEND – accredited supervised practice program.

Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. These are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for the Academy, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required. Some of the certifications include pediatric or renal nutrition, sports dietetics, nutrition support, and diabetes education.

In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.

Forty-six states have enacted legislation regulating the practice of dietetics. State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Michigan is currently not a state that has enacted legislation regulations.