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Dietetic Internship (DI)

Helping others achieve healthier lifestyles.

The ACU Dietetic Internship (DI) graduate certificate program at CitySquare in Dallas equips you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to become a registered dietitian.

Throughout the 44-week internship program, you and your classmates will focus on “Poverty and Community,” the only program in the country to include poverty as part of its area of study.

Your academic and clinical training here is rooted in Christian values, and you will be prepared to serve the majority of the population, but especially those that have disabilities or are in poverty.

Consistent with the mission of CitySquare, you will focus your time on the issues of hunger, health, housing and hope:

  • Hunger - work in the Opportunity Center Food Bank and the Summer Feeding Programs through CitySquare.
  • Health - Along with the clinical experiences, an outpatient counseling rotation will address health of the clientele using knowledge gained in the clinical rotations such as bariatric, cardiac, endocrinology, intensive care, oncology, pediatric, renal, surgical and general medical.
  • Hope - Gaining an education and skills can give people hope. You will be instrumental in helping teach basic culinary and foodservice skills in the food production kitchen and café at the Opportunity Center at CitySquare.
  • Housing - Indirectly, housing will be addressed through your involvement in teaching basic selection, procurement and preparation of healthful meals for home use in the CitySquare demonstration kitchen.

Program Overview

Credit hours 15.0
Degree Graduate Certificate in Dietetic Internship (CER)
Program length 1 year
Tracks N/A


You will take courses such as:

  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition and Poverty
  • Dietetic Internship
  • Nutrition Research
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Admission Requirements

  • Complete an online ACU application;
  • Submit a $25 application fee; 
  • Submit any/all official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • Submit a personal résumé;  
  • Register with D&D Digital for the computer match and rank each of the dietetic internships that you are applying to by the computer match deadline date. D&D Digital is the company that matches applicants with Dietetic Internships. Use the following link to access the D&D Digital website:  
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition or related field;  
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA approximate of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses, including the sciences, statistics and management; 
  • Three letters of recommendation;   
  • Submit a personal statement that includes your: short-term and long-term professional goals (after completing the dietetic internship). Please address how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics, describe experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and please explain your philosophy of working with the impoverished. 
  • Applicants must have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements in an accredited program as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.

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We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.