Program Admission

How many intern positions are available?

Lipscomb’s Dietetic Internship Program (DIP) is approved for 20 dietetic interns to be matched to the program each year during the spring match. The program offers three concentrations.  Ten positions are available for a medical nutrition therapy focus, six positions for the sports nutrition focus, and four for the health promotion and wellness concentration. 

What are the admission requirements?

Admission to the Lipscomb University Dietetic Internship Program is separate from admission to the University and occurs during the spring DICAS matching process.  Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the internship program and should complete the internship specific, online supplemental, graduate school application made available in December: 

  • Minimum DPD GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Verification Statement from an approved undergraduate or certificate program in dietetics
  • Excellent reference/ recommendations, with one from your DPD Director
  • Applicable Nutrition courses and GRE must have been completed within the past 5 years
  • GRE cumulative scores equal to or greater than 800 (taken prior to Aug.1,2011) or 300 (taken after Aug. 1,2011).

How are interns selected for the program?

A selection committee evaluates internship applications on a competitive basis and determines the individuals to be interviewed.  Nutrition related work experience is optimal, but all applications are evaluated based on individual DPD GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, references, and work and volunteer experiences. Interviews with an interview committee comprised of current program preceptors are planned for March 23-24, 2017 and are preferred in person.  Exceptions to the academic criteria may be made in compelling cases.  Students are ultimately selected for the program through the computer matching process.  Students applying to the program must contact D & D Digital Systems ( to obtain materials regarding the matching process.  Interns are asked to rank the institutions to which they apply in order of preference, while the DI ranks her preferred choices.  D&D Digital matches students to programs based on both of these rankings.

Intern acceptance:

The Lipscomb DI program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to offer 20 internship positions which are filled during the Spring DICAS match. Concentration assignments will occur after placement into the internships; therefore, interns should accept the position only if willing to complete any of the available concentrations.  Once accepted into the Lipscomb DI, interns are expected to stay in communication with the director and complete some summer requirements, including background checks, drug screens, health forms, and assignments in preparation of Orientation in early-August.  Please refer to the Handbook for details about the structure, scheduling, travel, academic requirements and rotation expectations.