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About the Dietetic Internship

Our Dietetic Internship combines the required supervised practice experiences for the Registered Dietician credential, with the Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics.

In two and a half years, you can obtain your registration status and graduate degree. The first two semesters are graduate course work only. Two subsequent semesters are both on-site supervised practice experiences and graduate course work. In addition, one summer semester is full-time supervised practice experience in a community hospital. The final fall semester is both on-site supervised practice experiences and remaining graduate course work.

Program Concentration

The program concentration for the NIU dietetic internship is Community Nutrition and Health Promotion, which includes 1,224 hours of dietetic internship experiences: 540 hours in community nutrition, life-cycle and health promotion; 504 hours in medical nutrition therapy (at one hospital); and 180 hours in food service (NIU Dining Services).

Mission of the Dietetic Internship Program

To prepare graduate-level professionals to demonstrate knowledge, skills and values which enhance individuals and community health through dietetics practice.


The Dietetic Internship at Northern Illinois University is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995 
Telephone: 800- 877-1600

Contact Us

Dietetic Internship
Nancy Prange, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Dietetic Internship Director
DeKalb, IL 60115