Dietetic Internship Program

A dietetic internship is a program designed for individuals who have completed one of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited undergraduate or certificate nutrition programs. Under the supervision of dietitians in the field, Lipscomb interns complete a minimum of 1220 hours of practice as well as additional coursework, beginning in early August until mid-May. Areas of practice include clinical, outpatient, community, wellness, and food service operations of dietetics. The Lipscomb dietetic internship offers three concentration experiences: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Sports Nutrition, or Health Promotion and Wellness. Upon completion of the program, interns are expected to have developed the skills necessary to become entry-level dietitians.

Program Brochure Virtual Open House

Program Mission

The Dietetic Internship (DI) Program at Lipscomb University is positioned to provide supervised practice and didactic learning experiences to educate students to successfully function as entry-level generalist dietitians in the state, region, and nation. The curriculum is designed to provide for achievement of the competencies established for entry-level dietitians through excellence in both the classroom and supervised practice settings, encouragement of community service, and commitment to the Code of Ethics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Program Goals:

  1. To prepare graduates to serve competently as entry-level dietitians;
  2. To encourage, motivate, and support interns to complete the internship program
  3. To prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to service (faith-based organizations, professional organizations, food banks, non-profits, mentoring, etc.)

Information on program objectives and outcome measures related to program goals listed above is available upon request and can be found in the intern handbook linked on the Admissions page. Please contact Anne Lowery MS, RDN, LDN Dietetic Internship Director at 615.966.5746 or by email at