Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Dietetics Internship Program

Loyola University Chicago offers two tracks of an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) to prepare students to become professional registered dietitians. The first option is the DI certificate track with 13 graduate credits. The second option is the combined Master of Science with the DI certificate track which requires 47 credits for completion. The MS/DI track results in a Master of Science in Dietetics. Completing either program results in a Verification Statement of completion of a Dietetic Internship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • The degree offers full-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (certificate/internship): 1 year
    - Average time to completion (MS in Dietetics): 2 years
  • Select online courses are offered

The program, established in 1995, accepts 10 full-time interns into the DI certificate track and 10 full-time interns into the combined MS/DI track annually.

You will complete an internship that includes 40 hours weekly of supervised practice, graduate-level coursework, monthly seminars, and other required activities. Typically, interns are scheduled in supervised practice sites Monday through Friday, though some weekends are also required.
Only the MS in Dietetics students complete a comprehensive exam along with all MSN students in the School of Nursing. The comprehensive is comprised of two parts: a paper of publishable quality that demonstrates your theoretical/clinical expertise and an oral presentation of your paper.


As a graduate of Loyola’s Dietetic Internship program, you’ll be highly sought for positions in health care and wellness nutrition programs. Students enter a wide range of dietetic careers, including those of a clinical dietitian in an acute or long-term care facility, community nutritionist in public health nutrition programs, food-service director, private practice consultant, or consultant in food business and industry.

  • Graduates of the internship are able to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Approximately 97% of our interns pass on their first attempt.

Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

The Loyola Dietetic Internship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and has been successfully preparing registered dietitians for 20 years.
Students benefit from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s constructive and supportive environment, and learn the leadership, communication, and management skills they need to pass the registration exam and enter dietetic practice as competent, highly qualified professionals.

  • Student organizations: Student Committee on InterProfessional Education (SCIPEC)

Our faculty and clinical preceptors are experts in their fields and hold national certifications in their areas of specialization. They have a wide variety of clinical and research interests that include chronic disease prevention, obesity prevention, and community food access. Faculty are well respected in their areas of professional specialty.

Applicants to the internship must have:

  • Completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics from a college or university with an ACEND accredited program
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree with a GPA greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submitted application materials described to the right
  • Matched to the LDI through the D&D Digital process or been invited by the program director after the first round of matching is completed

Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.

The School of Nursing has limited funds available for financial assistance. Visit LUC.edu/nursing/admission/tuition-finaid to learn more about these financial aid opportunities.

For questions or assistance regarding financial aid through the School of Nursing, contact us at 708.216.9101 or SchoolofNursing@luc.edu.

Please consult the LDI webpage for information about our open house in January of each year.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.