Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

Dietetic Internship - Credentialing Process

The Dietetic Internship at the Center for Disabilities is part of the process of obtaining credentials to be a registered dietitian and to secure state certification/licensure for dietitians.


In order to become a Registered Dietitian, an individual must complete the following three step process.

  • Complete ACEND-accredited academic coursework in a Didactic Program in Dietetics and a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a United States regionally-accredited college or university or foreign equivalent. (Obtain an original verification statement from the Director of the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics documenting completion of these requirements.)
  • Apply to, enroll in and complete ACEND-accredited supervised practice requirements in a Dietetic Internship for registration eligibility.  The Dietetic Internship at the Center for Disabilities fits into the process of becoming a registered dietitian by providing the supervised practice necessary to become registration eligible.
  • Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians.


  • Complete the didactic (academic) practice requirements and supervised practice requirements concurrently through an ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
  • Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

For more information, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. Once a person is credentialed as a registered dietitian, he or she is eligible to apply for state licensure. For more information about licensure in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners website.

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