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Get a dietetics certificate

This certificate provides a unique path to become a Registered Dietitian for students who already have or are pursuing a master’s degree outside of the OSU Department of Nutritional Sciences. While completing your certificate, you will also complete the OSU Dietetic Internship (DI) Program. Upon completion of the dietetics certificate and a master's degree, graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential examination. 


Our highly successful Dietetic Internship Program has a longstanding accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 18 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in nutritional sciences. Credit hours may be transferable to many other related graduate degree programs.


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The graduate certificate program includes four core courses and three practicum courses completed at various sites across Oklahoma, fulfilling the 1000 hours of supervised practice requirements of ACEND. Directors of OSU’s Dietetic Internship Program work with interns to coordinate placement in the supervised practice settings.


Required Core Courses (12 credit hours):

  • NSCI 5123: Research Methods in Nutritional Sciences (prerequisite REMS 5953 or STAT 5013) or REMS 5013 Research Design and Methodology or Equivalent
  • NSCI 5033: Macronutrients in Human Nutrition
  • NSCI 5043: Micronutrients in Human Nutrition
  • NSCI 5643: Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

Dietetic Internship Practicum (six credit hours):

  • NSCI 5412: Dietetic Internship Management Practicum
  • NSCI 5422: Dietetic Internship Clinical Practicum
  • NSCI 5432: Dietetic Internship Community Nutrition

Course information


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and a verification statement earned from an ACEND-accredited program. Applicants who do not have a verification statement should contact the OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) director for a transcript review.


Applications are reviewed for fall or spring semester admission. Students must be admitted to both the OSU Graduate College and the Dietetic Internship Program.

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To apply for the program, submit the following: 

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters for the master's program application may be used)
  • Professional goals statement (one to two pages)
  • Academic vita/resume
  • When English is a second language, scores from within the last two years for either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 79 for admission) or the IELTS (academic stream) exam (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Must hold a verification statement in a Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • GRE scores preferred, but not required
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