Dietetic Internship Program


Welcome to the  2020-21 Interns who arrived on campus to begin their supervised practice experience in hospitals located in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Dietetics Internship Class of 2020-21

Front row (L to R): Britney Tilford, Kendall Clark, Karina Logsdon, & Kesnie Billington
Back row (L to R): Madison Stewart, Katie Mattingly, Emma Heise, & Lindsey Ferguson

The Murray State University Dietetic Internship is designed to meet the competencies for entry-level dietetics practice and to prepare students for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The program has a Nutrition Therapy concentration and provides students with 1318 supervised practice hours in a variety of healthcare settings.
Prior to beginning the fall rotation, successful completion or evidence showing successful completion of a graduate writing course must be documented. This can be accomplished by:

 1. Taking the Murray State University, NTN 610 Research and Writing for Nutrition Professionals, 5 weeks (online), 3 credit hours.


2. Submission of Master’s degree thesis or scholarly publication in a peer reviewed dietetics professional journal.

  • Each intern is assigned to one of twelve supervised practice sites in Kentucky, Indiana, and/or Tennessee. Once students are selected to Murray State's internship, they are able to rank their supervised training site preferences. Although student preference is considered, placement at a requested practice site cannot be guaranteed.
  • After orientation to the internship program on Murray State University's campus, students begin supervised practice at the assigned facility. Approximately 40 hours of supervised practice are completed per week. Distance education components are used to deliver internet-based instruction. Use of a personal computer with internet connection is required for the completion of distance learning activities.
  • Interns complete supervised experiences in clinical nutrition, foodservice management, community nutrition and long-term care. An Advanced Clinical Practice experience is completed after clinical rotations. This experience allows the student to function independently as an entry level dietitian in the hospital setting. Preceptors in each healthcare institution oversee the experience and provide general management and mentorship. Murray State University Clinical Instructor Lori Crouch, M.S., R.D., L.D., assists students with project development, scheduling of experiences outside of the primary training site, and provides general guidance and direction in meeting curriculum requirements. The Clinical Instructor meets with students at their training sites throughout the course of the internship program.
  • Twenty-four hours of graduate credit are earned during the internship program. Graduate courses are provided online. Students wishing to pursue the Master's degree must pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians before continuing with graduate studies.

Internship Program Schedule of Courses

Summer Semester   Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours Earned
NTN 610 Research and Writing for Nutrition Professionals 5 (Online) 3
NTN 615 Supervised Professional Practice Primer 5 (Online) 2
    TOTAL: 10 TOTAL: 5
Fall Semester   Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours Earned
NTN 640 Dietetic Clinical Training Primer, Murray State Campus 1 1
NTN 641 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 7 4
NTN 642 Management Practice in Dietetics 5 2
NTN 643 Community Nutrition 5 2
    TOTAL: 17 TOTAL: 9
Spring Semester   Duration (Weeks) Credit Hours Earned
NTN 620 Nutrition for the Aging Adult 16 3
NTN 651 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 8 4
NTN 653 Advanced Clinical Practice  5 3
    TOTAL: 17 TOTAL: 10

Rotation Calendar for 2019-20
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Insurance Requirements

Health Insurance

All interns must be covered by health insurance while enrolled in the program. Evidence of coverage must be provided prior to beginning the Murray State internship program.

Professional Liability

Healthcare Professional Liability Malpractice Insurance will be purchased by interns through Murray State University in the amount of 1,000,000/3,000,000. The cost of premiums vary each year.


The Dietetic Internship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

Any questions regarding accreditation may be directed to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400 or 312-899-0040, ext. 5400 or visit the ACEND's website at

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