Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree: Completion of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Degree must be completed prior to start date of the internship. A final transcript must be provided by internship start date. If a final transcript is not available at that time, the university registrar's office must provide a letter confirming that you have completed your degree requirements. If you have a degree from a foreign university please refer to the foreign degree guidelines created by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  
  • Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics: Applicants will need to have completed or be in the process of completing an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), as specified by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A "Verification Statement" or "Declaration of Intent to Complete" form must by submitted online to DICAS by your program director. The DPD must be completed prior to start date of the internship.
  • Recency of coursework: Academic Coursework, either DPD or nutrition–related graduate degree, must have been completed within three years on internship start date.
  • Verification Statement: A Verification Statement must be provided by the start date of the internship.
  • Background check: UCSF Human Resources will conduct a background check for candidates matched to the UCSF Dietetic Internship. Candidates must pass the background check in order to enter the UCSF Medical Center Dietetic Internship.
  • Health clearance: Candidates matched to the UCSF Dietetic Internship must complete a health clearance prior to the start of the internship. Information about the health clearance will be provided to the candidates who have matched.
  • Proof of visa status for non-U.S. citizens: Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate visa status. Non-U.S. citizens must be approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Optional Practice Training (OPT) to complete a dietetic internship. It is the student's responsibility to coordinate the OPT application with his or her DPD school. The student must maintain valid visa status for the entirety of the internship; UCSF is not able to sponsor visas.

New Admission Requirements for 2024

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietetian/registered dietitian nutritionist (RD/RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Applicants participating in the Spring 2023 dietetic internship match at UCSF Medical Center for the 2023-24 dietetic internship class will be required to complete a minimum of a Master's degree before the start of the internship- in addition to completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics and all other requirements listed above. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND accredited dietetic internship at UCSF Medical Center will be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RD/RDN. For more information about education pathways to become an RDN, including graduate degree requirements and the new eligibility requirements for registered dietitians/registered dietitian nutritionists (RD/RDN), please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics webpage for students.