OLOL College

Dietetic Internship

Dietetic Internship (DI) 

Quick Facts

Requirements and Process to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) (source:www.eatright.org)

  • Complete 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.
  • Complete 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.The MSNS-DI program at Franciscan Missionaries or Our Lady University meets this requirement in the process to becoming a RDN.
  • Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.
  • Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

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, including Louisiana have licensing and regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.

Admission Term and Enrollment Levels:

  • Full-time, 17 month program
  • Program accepts up to 30 qualified interns each year
  • Students must apply through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS)
  • Visit https://portal.dicas.org to receive your application 
  • Deadline to apply is February 15th
  • Class begins the following fall semester

Course Format:

  • Online graduate courses
  • Dietetic Internship consists of 32 hours/week, Monday through Thursday
  • 2 hour lab on Fridays, held on Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s campus in Baton Rouge 


  • 36 total graduate credit hours awarded
  • Interns must complete a Capstone Research Project under the direction of an appointed faculty member.
  • Dietetic Internship with 1,524 practicum hours are  assigned throughout five major areas of Louisiana
  • Applicants rank preference of city for major rotation site during the application process
  • Concentration emphasis is Community Nutrition
  • Successful completion of a MSNS degree is required to complete the Dietetic Internship Program and receive a verification statement.
  • Completion of the MSNS is required to complete the DI program and receive a verification statement, even if an intern has already earned a master’s degree.

Unique Factors:

  • We are a faith based Catholic University, which is part of a health system embracing the Franciscan core values of justice, humility, reverence, love for all of life, joyfulness of spirit and service.
  • Interns rotate through diverse settings. Sites include hospitals, specialty clinics and management settings, food service administrative sites, community based settings, research, entrepreneur/private practice and specialty areas.
  • A verification statement is required for interns to apply for and take the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists.
  • Upon passage of the registration exam, the intern would be credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
  • The new RDN would then apply for a state licensure in the state that he or she will reside in, if applicable. Louisiana requires a license for all practitioners to practice as RDNs. 
Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist interns with financial aid. Financial aid, scholarships/and monetary support information can be found on the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University website at http://www.ololcollege.edu/offices-services/financial-aid/scholarships. All students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.


The Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship Program is granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400. The MSNS program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033, (404) 679-4500. 

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