Q: What are the prerequisites to enter the MS/DI or Dietetic Internship Program?Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university verified by an official transcript, as well as a signed verification statement showing successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Please visit our Eligibility Requirements page for more information.
Q: What are the prerequisites to enter the Master of Science in Human Nutrition or Master of Clinical Dietetics?Applicants must be a Registered Dietitian or have an original signed verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) program. Please visit our Eligibility Requirements page for more information.
Q: I am a student with a bachelor’s degree in another field, how do I find out if I meet the requirements to enter your program?Please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for information on the steps required to become a RD or DTR.
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Q: I am an international student, what steps do I need to take to apply to the program?Please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for information for international students. For the admission requirements for our program, visit our page on International Students.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement to enter the program?Yes, a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Q: What does the "ideal applicant" look like?Ideal applicants to the Dietetic Internship Program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale and strong grades in the professional and science DPD courses. The selection committee will review each application packet for evidence of prior work experience, significant volunteer activities that demonstrate the spirit of community involvement, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to the profession of nutrition and dietetics.
Q: What is the Match Program and how does it work?All applicants to the OHSU MS/DI and Dietetic Internship must participate in computer matching through D&D Digital. For more information, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Computer Matching Policy and Procedure webpage and D&D Digital
Q: Do you require GRE scores for admission to the Dietetic Internship Program?No, GRE scores are not required for the Dietetic Internship Program, but GRE scores are required for entry into any of the master's programs, including the Combined MS/DI.
Q: What are the minimum GRE scores?Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores of 153 (500 old scale), 148 (600 old scale) and 4.5 or above, respectively, will generally be considered acceptable for admission. Applicants with scores below those levels may still be considered dependent upon other application strengths; however those will require special review by the admissions committee. Please note the institutional code for OHSU is 4865 when sending your GRE scores to OHSU.
Q: What is the cost for the programs?
Q: Will the program pay for my living costs?No, the program does not pay for living costs. We encourage applicants to consult with OHSU Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid and student loans.
Q: Does the program provide housing?The program does not provide housing, but OHSU provides information regarding housing and relocation.
Q: Are dietetic interns at OHSU eligible for financial aid?Yes, dietetic interns at OHSU are eligible for financial aid since they earn graduate credits throughout the program. The OHSU code for FAFSA Form is 004883.
Q: Does the program offer scholarships?No, scholarships are not offered through the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to dietetic interns and graduate students.
Please visit our Tuition & Financial Aid page for scholarship and fellowship opportunities.
Q: Does the program offer stipends?The students enrolled in the MS/DI program who are placed at the VA Portland Health Care System for their primary practice site may receive a stipend. The ability to offer the stipend is negotiated on an annual basis. Stipends are currently not available to students placed at other supervised practice sites affiliated with our program, however, a travel reimbursement (also negotiated on an annual basis) is offered to our dietetic interns placed in Medford, OR.
Q: How do I apply to any the GPHN programs?Application instructions for the MS/DI, Dietetic Internship, and MS or MCD programs can be found here.
Yes, you will need personal reliable transportation to and from rotations. Due to parking limitations on Marquam Hill, students are encouraged to use public transportation getting to and from the OHSU campus. More information is available through OHSU's Transportation and Parking office.
Q: Do I need a car?
Q: Where should I live?Students often choose to find housing near their primary placement site, to cut down on travel time during the bulk of their supervised practice rotation hours. We recommend that students keep in mind public transit options when considering housing, to make it easy to travel to campus on class days. This applies even more so to MS/DI students, who will be on campus more during the second year of the program.
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Q: Where are your rotation sites located?Supervised practice rotations are located throughout the Portland metropolitan area, SW Washington, and Medford in both rural and urban communities. Students placed in Medford will complete all supervised practice rotations in their community for the duration of the program, but are expected to travel to Portland for special academic events associated with the GPHN program. These events will be discussed with students placed in Medford during GPHN's Orientation Week.
Q: Can I be employed while enrolled in the Dietetic Internship or MS/DI?We do not encourage employment due to the intensive rotation experiences and course work requirements. Some students in the combined MS/DI have been employed during the second year of the program, after completion of the supervised practice rotations.
Q: What is a day like in the internship?Students are in their didactic courses on Monday from approximately 9am - 4pm. Tuesdays through Fridays are full day supervised practice rotations at the various sites.
Q: What is the length of the internship program?The duration of the dietetic internship program is approximately 11 months. The combined MS/DI can be completed in approximately two years.
Q: Do you certify your graduates to be RD/RDNs?No. After successful completion of the combined MS/DI or Dietetic Internship Program, the graduate completes eligibility paperwork to apply to sit for the national RD/RDN exam and receives a verification statement signed by the Dietetic Internship Director documenting successful completion of the internship.
Q: What are the employment opportunities available to graduates of your program?Most of our graduates have employment opportunities presented to them while in the internship, but interns cannot begin employment until after graduation. The program also forwards job postings to interns about to graduate as well as alumni of the program. Many sites will not hire graduates until after they’ve passed the RD/RDN exam.
Q: What perks and resources are offered to OHSU students?
Q: Do you offer a tour of the OHSU campus?We encourage interested applicants to make an appointment to visit the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition located in Gaines Hall on the main OHSU campus and meet with the Dietetic Internship Director and, if possible, other GPHN faculty, staff, or others affiliated with our programs. We try to schedule a campus tour led by a current student, if available, and have you visit on a day when class is in session so that you can observe one of our graduate classes. Mondays are the best days to visit. Please contact us to schedule your visit today!