Program Requirements | Nutrition and Dietetics | Kent State University

Program Requirements


Upon completion of the KSU 21-month Dietetic Internship Program, with a leadership concentration and all degree requirements, graduates will receive a verification statement documenting completion of the internship and will be eligible to complete the exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). 

In addition, program graduates will have completed the requirements for the Master of Science degree.  The Internship Program is developmentally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutritional Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.


The following outline represents the schedule and sequence of classes leading to a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and completion of the requirements for the Dietetic Internship. 

Please refer to the School of Health Sciences Graduate Handbook and the Kent State University Graduate Schools Catalog for additional information such as course descriptions requirements.  Refer to the Kent State University Schedule of Classes for course registration information for each semester. 


The Kent State University Combined MS/Dietetic Internship Program is completed in 43 credit hours which includes over 1500 supervised internship practice hours.  The program is usually finished in 4 semesters and one summer.  During the semesters, interns go to practice sites 3 days per week and to class two days per week.  During the summer, interns complete a 12 week, full-time clinical experience in a hospital setting.  Interns will be required to have a car and auto insurance coverage for the duration of the internship. The supervised component of the program must be completed within two years of the start of the program. 

Upon completion of the 21-month program and all degree requirements, graduates will receive verification statement documenting completion of the internship requirements and will be eligible to write the registration exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).  In addition, program graduates will have completed and receive the Master of Science degree from the University. 


Practice Experience Requirements: 1550 Hours

Experiences for all weeks listed include a total of 24 hours, usually M, W, F except for the Hospital Clinical Experience which is completed full-time, usually M-F for 12 weeks. 

I. Community (12 weeks): 288 Hours

  • Dialysis (5 weeks)
  • Outpatient (4 weeks)
  • School (3 weeks)

II.  Business (5 weeks): 120 Hours

III.  Management (15 weeks plus 1 day): 368 Hours 

  • Food Service Management (12 weeks)
    • Hospital (9 weeks) 

    • School (3 weeks)

  • Clinical Nutrition Management (3 weeks and 1 day or 10 days)

IV.  Clinical (16 weeks): 576 Hours

  • Hospital (12 weeks full time)
  • Long Term Care (4 weeks)

V.  Elective Rotations (6 weeks): 144 hours 

VI.  Internship Orientation: 40 hours

VII.  Pediatric Seminar (2 days):  14 hours


Food Service Management - 288 Total Hours

Food Service Management is completed in 288 hours.  The experiences are completed over 12 weeks during the academic semesters by working 24 hours per week.  The Food Service Management experiences include the following: 

  • Hospital Food Service Management  216 hours (9 weeks) 

  • School Food Service Management 72 hours (3 weeks)

Clinical Nutrition Management - 80 Total Hours (10 days)

Clinical Nutrition Management rotations are completed in 80 hours during the academic semesters by working 8 hours per day for 10 days.  The Clinical Nutrition Management experiences is usually completed in the hospital setting. 

Community - 288 Total Hours

Community rotations are completed in 288 hours during the academic semesters.  Interns work for 24 hours per week for 12 weeks.  The required Community experiences include the following: 

  • Outpatient Nutrition Clinic/ WIC 96 hours (4 weeks) 

  • Dialysis Center, Bariatric Center, University Nutrition Outreach, or other Community-based program 120 hours ( 5 weeks)

  • School Nutrition Education 72 hours (3 weeks)

Clinical Nutrition Therapy - 576 Total Hours

Clinical Nutrition Therapy rotations are completed in 576 hours during the academic semesters and during the summer.  During one summer, interns work full-time at a major medical center for 12 weeks (480 hours) and complete Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Geriatric supervised practice experiences.  Clinical dietetic rotations in Extended Care facilities are completed in 96 hours during the academic semesters.  The intern works 24 hours per week for 4 weeks at an extended care facility.

Business - 120 Total Hours

Business experiences include 120 hours during the academic semesters.  The intern works 24 hours per week for 5 weeks in business supervised practice experiences.  The Business experience will include sales, marketing, food distribution, food delivery services, and/or other aspects of the the business sector as appropriate for the organization.  Possible rotations include: 

  • KSU College of Education, Health, and Human Services Public Relations

  • KSU Dining Services

  • KSU Food for Thought Cyber Cafe

  • KSU Nutrition Outreach Program

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) in Private Practice

  • Wellness/Recreation Programs

  • School Programs

  • Organizations that are expanding Nutrition Services

Electives - 144 Total Hours 
  • International Experience-Uganda
  • Kent State University Campus Kitchen
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Wellness Program
  • Dairy Council Mid East
  • Recreation Centers
  • KSU Outreach
  • Outpatient Eating Disorders
  • KSU KIDS Camp
  • Journalism Experience
  • Food Bank
  • Functional Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Head Start
  • Pediatric Diabetes Camp
  • Bariatric Experience
  • Legislation
  • Academy of N & D National Meeting
  • Head Start
  • Health Department
  • KSU Nutrition Outreach Program
  • Outpatient Oncology

Interns select 144 hours (6weeks) during the academic semester to complete elective rotations. Electives can be selected from current site options, or interns can work with the Internship Director to create an individualized practice experience to fit their interest areas. There is also the option of doing an International Elective practice experience, which would have to be approved by the Internship Director and would be an additional expense to the intern. The following are some possible options for elective rotations:


Master of Science Core Requirements 

NUTR     63527 Dietetic Practice: Clinical           63526 Dietetic Practice: Management          

               63525 Dietetic Practice: Community    63520 Macronutrient Nutrition                    

               63521 Nutrition and Disease: Clinical Applications    

               63519 Advanced Study of Micronutrients          

               63592 Dietetic Internship                    61018 Techniques of Research

EDUC       65510 Statistics

HM          63024 Management of Food and Nutrition Services

ELECTIVES In consultation with Advisor, select 6 hours as elective coursework.

NUTR   63523 Nutrition & Gerontology         53520 Nutrition for Fitness          

             53515 Community Nutrition         53518 Maternal and Child Nutrition           

             51095 Special Topic: Functional Foods & Botanicals             

             51095 Special Topic: Evaluating Nutrition Literature     

* Other clearly related graduate courses as determined by Advisor.   


Students can select a Thesis Option * or a Master's Project Option **

*The thesis Option is intended for students to have the opportunity to conduct original research.  Approval of a thesis proposal by the student's thesis committee is required, as is the successful completion of an oral examination conducted by the thesis committee.

**The Master's Project Option is intended for students to approach research in a more applied manner.  The presentation and interpretation of original research is not required.  However, approval of the intended project by the student's master's project committee is required, as is the successful completion of an oral final examination conducted by the master's project committee