Nutrition & Dietetics: Distance Internship Admission Process

Admission to the Dietetic Internship Distance Track

Note Students who have completed a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and a Didactic Program approved or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics(ACEND) are eligible to apply. Acceptance is contingent upon acceptance from Graduate Admissions at Marywood University.  Admission to the program is competitive. Up to thirty students are selected for the distance track. Up to fifteen of those thirty can potentially be accepted using the ACEND approved pre-select option available to current Marywood students only.   Reach out to the Program Director for the specific application due date and additional details regarding the pre-select option for current Marywood Students.

The Marywood University Dietetic Internship Program is now a Masters required two-year program that began in the fall of 2018. For Marywood University's program it is not required to have preceptors identified as part of the DICAS application process. The distance track is a full-time program.  Phase One is completed in the first year with online graduate coursework.  Phase two begins in the summer session of that year with continued online graduate coursework combined with supervised practice.  The distance track intern will be responsible for locating sites for their supervised practice rotations. This is not required in the DICAS application. The Program Director and Clinical Coordinator do offer guidance throughout the first year to assist students but it is ultimately the responsibility of the intern to locate their sites for the distance track. This allows interns to remain in their preferred location anywhere throughout the United States.  The distance track interns are only required to come on campus for the orientation held in the summer between Phase One and Phase Two prior to starting their supervised practice rotations.  Onsite orientation is typically held in the last full week of June (i.e. Summer of 2022). 

The graduate credits will count as part of the curriculum for the Masters of Science (MS).  Upon completion of the Masters DI Program - distance track, the intern is eligible to take the RDN exam.

DICAS Match Process

The Marywood University Dietetic Internship Program participates in Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) Spring Computer Matching Process in April of each year.

  • Information on the Computer Matching Process: website or watch the video.
  • Apply through DICAS spring match online. email
  • Applicants who are not part of the pre-select program must participate in a national computer matching process and must submit a complete electronic (DICAS) internship application.
  • Students also need to register online and enter contact information, program preferences and pay fees with a credit card on or before the deadline date.
  • Note: Computer matching to a Dietetic Internship is a two-step process that includes completion of the application through DICAS and registering for computer matching with D&D Digital.
  • Please contact D&D Digital for current cost or contact by email at  Additional contact information for D&D Digital Systems, Inc. is 304 Main Street - Suite 301, Ames, IA 50010; Phone 515-292-0490; Fax 515-663-9427; E-mail
  • Include your GRE Scores (recommended) in the DICAS application.  (#2407 Institutional Code). Have your official transcripts and GRE Scores mailed to Mr. Jason Thiel, Graduate Admissions Counselor, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA  18509. Should you have any questions about the graduate application process and/or necessary documents for the Masters DI Program please contact him at
  • It is not required to have preceptors identified as part of the DICAS application process.

Note: The Marywood University Masters Dietetic Internship program has no additional application fees, specific to the university, beyond the application fees for DICAS and D&D Digital.

All students will need to submit a Marywood University Graduate Web Application.  This is done after you are offered and have accepted a slot in the program through the computer matching process.  Acceptance by Graduate Admissions does not guarantee admissions to the internship program.

Application Process:

The Admission Committee of the Dietetic Internship considers the following qualities in the selection process:

  • Academic Ability
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership potential
  • Evidence of the ability to be self-directed and organized
  • Commitment to the profession of dietetics
  • Technology skills

The admission decision is based on the completed DICAS application.  A minimum GPA together with a point system is used in the Marywood University selection process and applicants are rank ordered. Interviews are conducted, typically in a virtual format, with qualified candidates allowing for time for them to ask additional questions.

The Admissions Decision Is Based On:

  • A completed centralized internship application 

Important In your personal statement please indicate if you are applying to the Onsite Track or Distance Track.

You have 60 days to submit all the necessary forms for the program following the acceptance of an internship slot if offered.  Once all the paperwork is accepted and approved by the Program Director you will be permitted to be in the program.

Timeline for Internship Applicants for Spring Match

Notification Day

Begins April of each year at 6:00 pm CDT. Applicants will find their matching result on through Monday (Appointment Day). This is the only source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either One Match or No Match after login.

Appointment Day

Follows Notification day in April of each year. matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship program by email on or before 6:00 PM (time zone of the program)  to confirm the acceptance of the MATCH.  Program Director, Stephanie Minkoff, can be reached at


Following acceptance of the offered program slot, your completed graduate admissions application will be processed.  Your DICAS application will be used to collect the needed data for this graduate admissions procedure. If your DICAS application did not contain an official final transcript, you will submit a final official transcript to Mr. Jason Thiel, Graduate Admissions Counselor at:

Application Completion

Once your application is completed, you will receive a letter from graduate admissions notifying you of your acceptance. At this point, a $ 500 non-refundable deposit will be required before you can register for classes. The $500 deposit will be paid through the Marywood University Graduate Admissions portal. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Program Director.

DI Program Needs

Soon after you accept the D & D Digital Match for this program you will receive an email from the Program Director indicating the date for the virtual orientation meeting via the Internet. This meeting will be in mid-April to share additional details on the next steps and give you an opportunity to ask questions.  An onsite orientation is held in Phase Two of the program prior to beginning the supervised practice.  This occurs in the summer between the first and second year.  Typically this is the last full week in June.  Material DI paperwork to get started:

  • Original Verification Statement of Didactic Program completion.
  • Medical clearances are required for Phase Two of the program.  Prior to Phase 2, all students must provide evidence of a current physical examination. See PE and Addendum Forms in the FORM section on this website. The following forms need to be completed and signed by a physician: Health History-Physical Examination, Immunization Record (in the Forms section). A current physical, Two Step PPD, proof of Rubeola, Rubella, Mumps and Varicella antibody titers, and Hepatitis B series, and Tdap vaccine (in the last 10 years), is defined as one completed no earlier than May 10th of the year the student plans to begin the supervised practice portion of the DI program (i.e. May 10, 2021).  The completed forms should be returned to Stephanie Minkoff, Program Director. All forms must be completed prior to the first day of supervised practice. 
  • A flu vaccination is also required for all interns. This vaccination should be obtained in the Fall after Phase Two of the program begins. 
  • Verification of malpractice insurance [Research for the best premium, possible companies - Marsh or HPSO].
  • Criminal background checks.
  • Child abuse check.
  • Drug Screen - if required.
  • All distance track interns need a web cam.
  • Intern Note: Interns admitted into this program will be for the upcoming school year. Once you are conditionally accepted into the DI all the additional material must be submitted to the Director of the Internship on a timely basis. Failure to meet these deadlines may invalidate your admission.

If you are matched in the second round, the DI director does not have access to your DICAS application. After acceptance, you will need to apply at Graduate Admissions. 

Please note that acceptance into the Graduate School does not imply that you have been accepted into the DI Program. 

You are strongly advised to contact the director of the DI program before applying in order to receive any updated information.   

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