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Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship Program

A dual program with Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship and Merrimack College Health Sciences

The Dietetic Internship Program is a dual program that offers a unique and innovative dietetic internship linked with a master’s degree program – all completed within one year. This dual program is ideal for recent graduates for Bachelor’s degree recipients in dietetics or nutrition as well as those seeking to change careers. Graduates of the program meet the requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam.

Students who are on track to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) qualify for the dietetic internship and must have completed an accredited undergraduate nutrition program or have completed a post-undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).  

Complete your dietetic internship while earning a master’s degree in 1 year – with a scholarship
  • Complete the required dietetic internship through an ACEND accredited program
  • Earn a master’s degree in health sciences in one year with a significant scholarship
  • Meet the requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam.
  • Enhance your career and build your network.

Program Timeline

Dietetic Internship – begins in July 2017 with Wellness Workdays

Concentrations – Choose one:
Worksite Wellness and Health Promotion
Sports Nutrition and Entrepreneurship
Nutrition Communications and Marketing

Master’s Degree – coursework begins in Fall 2017 at Merrimack College

Choose a program of interest to your career goals and see prerequisites:
Exercise and Sport Science
Community Health Education
Health and Wellness Management

Prospective interns are required to find qualified preceptors in the areas of clinical nutrition, long-term care, food service management, community nutrition and concentration specific rotation to complete their requirements. Sites and preceptors are subject to approval by Wellness Workdays.  

Students choose from three unique and innovative concentrations: Students choose from including worksite wellness and health promotion; sports nutrition and entrepreneurship; and nutrition communications and marketing.

Program Completion Outline

Timeframe Dietetic Internship Rotations Master’s Degree Coursework
July 5-Day Orientation to WWDI  
July – August 6 Weeks of Rotation hours at
40 hours/week
September – December 280 hours of rotation hours at
20 – 25 hours/week
Fall Semester (16 credits, 4 classes)
January 2 Weeks of Rotation hours at
40 hours/week
January – May 280 hours of rotation hours at
20 – 25 hours/week
Spring Semester (16 credits, 4 classes)
May – July Completion of rotation hours Graduate in May


WWDI has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Universities (NEASC).

Graduation requirements

To graduate, you must complete the minimum 1200 supervised practice hours, all didactic hours, assignments, rotation evaluations, practice exams and complete an exit interview at program completion. For the Master of Science degree, students must complete eight required courses (32 credits).

Following successful completion, you will receive a Verification Statement and your name will then be submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) by the WWDI Program Director as evidence of eligibility to sit for the (RD) credentialing exam.  Students will graduate in May 2018 with a Master of Science degree from Merrimack College. 

Take it to the next level - the graduate level - at Merrimack.