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  • 15-month post-baccalaureate program
  • Beginning mid-May and concluding mid-August of the next year
  • 1200 hours of supervised practice, 3-5 day orientation, and ~200 didactic hours
  • Full time supervised practice over two summers (12 weeks each summer) with additional six weeks of supervised practice during fall and spring semesters


  • Program area of concentration is Community Nutrition
  • Planned learning experiences include but are not limited to public and university school settings, hospitals, local health departments, wellness facilities, specialty clinics, retirement communities, physician’s offices, extended care facilities, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services
  • ~40 facilities with qualified preceptors are available for rotation experiences in the area
  • The majority of facilities are located within 100 miles of UCA; however, some facilities may be located beyond the 100-mile radius
  • Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements and the use of a vehicle is mandatory in order to commute to assigned rotations


  • Supervised practice in two summers allows for completion of a Master’s Degree with additional courses taken in fall and spring semesters
  • Community concentration for those who desire careers in non-traditional settings including but not limited to public health, school nutrition, Cooperative Extension, and corporate wellness


The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. BS Degree: Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university, or its international equivalent with a 3.0 GPA or better in any subject. Students who earned a degree in nutrition/dietetics and have received a verification statement are eligible to apply, as are students who earned a degree in any other subject, as long as they have completed the required prerequisite courses prior to admission.
  2. Prior to applying students must complete the following prerequisite courses:
  • 1 semester of an introductory or basic statistics course
  • 1 semester of general chemistry
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry (preferably with biochemistry)
  • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology
  • 1 semester of microbiology
  • 1 semester of an introductory nutrition course (minimum 3 units)
  • 1 semester course in food safety and sanitation or proof of current ServSafe® certification.
  • 1 semester each of Nutrition Counseling, Community Nutrition, Nutrition and Metabolism, Food Economics, Nutrition Services Administration, Food Science, Experimental Foods
  • 2 semesters of Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • 2 semesters of Lifecycle Nutrition

Students who have not completed all prerequisite courses prior to submitting their application will still be considered for the program as long as no more than 3 prerequisite courses are outstanding prior to the application deadline, and the student can demonstrate proof of enrollment in the remaining prerequisite courses in their application. Students with outstanding prerequisite courses must demonstrate that they have completed those courses with a B or better prior to the start of the program. Students will be dropped from the program if prerequisite courses are not complete, or if a B or better was not earned prior to the start of the program. Prerequisite courses completed more than 6 years prior to the application deadline may need to be retaken.

  1. At least 275 on the GRE composite and a 3 or above on writing.
  2. Approved background check
  3. Documentation of 2 negative TB tests
  4. Immunization records (Please note: some clinical sites may require proof of COVID vaccination in addition to other required immunizations)
  5. Enrollment in the MS in NUTR at UCA



Interns are required to enroll and pay for 36 hours of graduate credit.  The outline below details the breakdown of the hours:

First Summer – Management Emphasis 

NUTR 5615 Nutrition Services Practicum I 

Fall between Summers:     

NUTR 5324 Nutritional Assessment

NUTR 5340 Diabetes MNT

FACS 6335 Evidence-Based Research

 Winter Intercession:

NUTR 5317 Community Nutrition Practicum

 Spring between Summers:

NUTR 6308 Trends in Nutrition

NUTR 6335 Nutrition Counseling

FACS 6350 Statistical Methods in FACS

Second Summer – Clinical Emphasis

May Intercession

NUTR 5318 Clinical Nutrition Practicum


NUTR 6313 Diet Therapy

NUTR 5318 Clinical Nutrition Practicum

NOTE:  Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 average in all graduate-level coursework.



The University of Central Arkansas dietetic internship does not participate in matching at this time. We are a Future Education Model program and will review applications beginning January 15th of each year. Applicants will be notified by February 1 of their status and asked to sign a commitment to attend UCA. Applications are made available via this website starting November 1 each year.  


Anticipated Costs for Dietetic Interns


Estimated Cost
Graduate Application Fee
Graduation Fee
Cap, Gown, & Master’s Hood
Tuition and Fees
·        Resident (tuition and mandatory fees per credit hour, $383.85/credit hour X 24 credits)
·        Non-Resident (tuition and mandatory fees per credit hour, $586.60/credit hour X 24 credits)
Additional information:
Malpractice Insurance (provided by program)
Personal Health Insurance ($112 per summer)
Car / Rental Insurance
Drug testing if required by the supervised practice site (variable)
Immunizations if applicable
Travel (variable depending on rotation site and living arrangements)
Housing (highly variable, additional information at:
Books, Laptop, Internet Service (varies greatly)
RD Exam Review School
Student Professional Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Membership
Lab coat, shoes, uniforms, NFPE equipment
Arkansas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics conference registration
Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo registration, housing, transportation**
~$22,000 -37,000
*The internship program covers the costs associated with background checks and practice exams for the registration exam for dietitians.
**FNCE cost varies greatly depending on location.
Interns are not required to live in university housing.
Interns are required to maintain an active email account and have daily computer access.

Department of Financial Aid


Foundation Scholarships


Departmental Scholarships