M.A. in Nutrition Education with Dietetic Internship

M.A. in Nutrition Education with Dietetic Internship

Program Overview: 

This program integrates your academic experience at Immaculata with the medical and dietetic expertise of local health care facilities. The supervised practice component addresses the evolving nature of the field, preparing you to translate theories of nutrition science, and helping you develop strong entry-level dietetic skills.

Immaculata's Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

After successfully completing the Dietetic Internship, you are eligible to take the national registration exam to be a registered dietitian (R.D.), the internationally recognized credential for food and nutrition professionals. Learn more about the steps to become an R.D.


You will be required to complete a 48-credit program consisting of the core requirements (nine credits) and the various concentration requirements and nutrition electives. View a list of required courses and electives.


One of the requirements for becoming a registered dietitian (R.D.) is to apply to, be accepted into, and complete a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. This internship requires a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice and will help you gain practical experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, food service management and many other areas in the field of dietetics. Immaculata's Dietetic Internship program includes all of these areas in addition to an emphasis on cultural competence and diversity in dietetics practice.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Obtain in-depth knowledge of nutrient metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, changing nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, and specialized topics in applied nutrition
  • Communicate nutrition information to a variety of audiences, utilizing knowledge of interpersonal communication, program development and implementation, and counseling skills
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and present original research
  • Utilize nutrition literature and resources, integrate nutrition knowledge from a variety of sources, and apply this knowledge to complex, real-world human situations
Admission Requirements: 
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Academic prerequisites specified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics verification)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and 3.2 in DPD courses, on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the graduate admissions application
  • Participation in Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) to apply to the Internship, and participation in D&D Digital computer matching. Learn more about this process.

As deemed necessary, students may be required to take undergraduate courses to meet these admission requirements prior to acceptance into the graduate program.

This Program is Offered
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More Information: 

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.
Chair, Nutrition Education Department
610-647-4400 ext. 3482

Nutrition Education Department website


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