Dietetic Internship Program Goals

Goal 1

To provide interactive learning environments in the diverse areas of dietetics practice to build and maintain a strong knowledge and skill base to pass the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Examination


  • 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 150% of program length as defined in months (15 months).
  • 80% of program graduates over a 5 year period are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • 80% of program graduates over a 5 year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt. 
  • 100% of Program Graduates will rate staff guidance during each supervised practice experience during the dietetic internship as satisfactory or above.

Goal 2

Prepare competent entry level dietitian nutritionists who gain employment in a nutrition and dietetics related area


  • 100% of program graduates will rate their overall confidence level that the internship prepared them as competent for entry level practice as satisfactory or above
  • 75% of program graduates over a 5 year period are expected to be employed in nutrition and dietetics fields within 12 months of graduation
  • 85% of employers over a 5 year period, are satisfied with graduate preparation for entry-level practice
  • 85% of employers over a 5 year period, will rate the graduate’s development of critical thinking skills, organizational skills, customer service skills and communication skills 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.