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Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship, MS

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Graduate School

The Keiser University Graduate Master of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship (KU-MS/DI) combined program with a concentration area of Community Nutrition is a rigorous and fast paced program designed to allow interns to complete their  supervised practice requirements in their geographic area. Interns will be able to use local sites and preceptors to complete their supervised practice rotations. Prospective interns are required to obtain agreements with qualified preceptors in the areas of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), food service systems/dietetic management and community nutrition. Interns will need to set-up their own site rotations prior to applying to the internship. Rotations maybe completed in more than one site location. The success of the program and the intern’s supervised practice rotation is the dedication of the preceptors to the interns learning process. Sites and preceptors are subject to the approval of KU-MS/DI.


  • Fully online program
  • Completed in 1 year
  • ACEND accredited Distance Learning Internship
  • Graduating a Master of Science in Nutrition
  • Completed in students geographical location
  • Tuition fee includes graduate degree and distance learning internship

The DI program is approved to take up to 48 interns annually, 24 in the fall semester and 24 in the spring semester.  Interns  will be required to complete additional didactic modules prior to attending the 5-Day Residency program located at the Fort Lauderdale campus. The 5-Day Residency session is scheduled during the first week of the starting semester. The residency session will be an intensive review session in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service systems/dietetic management, and a comprehensive review of all supervised practice assignments.

Interns will communicate with the program director and/or program clinical coordinator weekly throughout the supervised practice. Mid-point and final evaluations will serve to measure to the intern’s progress during the rotations. The preceptor will be providing feedback on a regular basis to help guide the intern’s progress.

The combined KU-MS/DI program is preparing registered dietitian nutritionist for entry-level practice in the diverse and challenging field of nutrition and dietetic practice. Interns must complete both the masters and distance learning internship to receive the verification statement allowing eligibility to write the national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Full acceptance into the Master of Science with Distance Learning Internship (MSDI) will require the student meeting academic requirements, graduation requirements, distance learning internship requirements, and preceptor and site appropriateness requirements to provide the intern the learning experiences as set forth by the Accreditation Council on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) entry-level practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist.  The MSDI is granted full accreditation status by ACEND allowing the graduate to write the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) national registration exam, the credentialing body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or telephone 404-679-4500 for questions about accreditation of Keiser University. Keiser University Master of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship has been granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council of Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400,

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 the CDR 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 Master of Science in Nutrition with Distance Learning Internship program at Keiser University Graduate School are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For further information pertaining to the MSDI program, please view the Student Handbook.

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