​​The Central Michigan University Dietetic Internship (CMUDI) is a 32-week program which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (formerly CADE) by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

The Central Michigan University Dietetic Internship is a supervised practice program, which provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to fulfill the competencies for Dietitians established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Graduates of the program will be issued a verification statement and are eligible to sit for the registration examination for Registered Dietitians (RD). A verification statement will be provided to the graduate and a copy will be submitted to Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Program outcomes data available upon request.

The CMUDI program's five-year average first-time pass rate for taking the RD exam is 78%. Nearly 87% of CMUDI students pass the RD exam within the first year of graduation.

All rotations, including the basic clinical, food service administration, and clinical electives, are five days a week. The internship offers two start dates annually with one program beginning in late January and ending in mid-September and a second program beginning in mid-September and ending in mid-April. Graduates qualify to take the Registration Examination for dietitians upon completion of the internship. As an intern, you will learn to practice at entry-level competency in clinical dietetics, food service management, and community nutrition as well as earn twelve hours of graduate credit through the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Graduate Studies.

Our consortium structure allows us to offer some unique educational opportunities that the more traditional single-institution sponsored internship cannot provide. For example, you can compare several approaches to dietetic practice rather than one approach. We are also able to offer each intern 10 full weeks of a basic clinical experience before moving on to clinical specialties.

The CMUDI continues a long tradition of excellence in dietetic education that was begun by the Tri-City Dietetic Internship. Beginning in 1993, the program has been sponsored by Central Michigan University's Department of Human Environmental Studies. In July 2019, the internship became sponsored by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at CMU. It is a unique partnership between a public university and several medical centers located in Alma, Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, and Traverse City. These outstanding facilities provide program direction and learning experiences for interns.


To promote the growth of a dynamic education program committed to preparing entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to serve the nutrition needs of the community.


"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 dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetics program at Central Michigan University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN."

Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.
  2. Prepare graduates who value professional involvement and continued growth.
  3. To effectively utilize resources available from Central Michigan University, sponsoring hospitals, and community affiliations to plan, implement, and evaluate a quality dietetic internship.

Related Links

Assessment-Evaluation Plan
Computer Matching
Education Requirements 
CMUDI Handbook
Policies and Procedures