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NDI is Closing May 31, 2024

The NDI has accepted its last cohort of 11 interns from the preselect process with a program start date of fall, 2022 and planned graduation in May of 2024. 

The NDI is closing as part of a transitional plan at SDSU Nutrition & Dietetics to accommodate our new accelerated bachelor's to master's degree program. 

The Nutrition & Dietetics (M.S.) is an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program with supervised experiential learning (SEL) experiences incorporated throughout this competency-based program. Students accepted into the program with the required pre-requisites can complete the program in three years. Including pre-requisites, completion of the entire bachelor’s to master’s degree program takes approximately five years. Graduates will be eligible to take the national examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).

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ACEND Accreditation Statement

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The South Dakota State University Nutrition and Dietetics Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800-877-1600) ext. 5400.

The SDSU NDI program meets the requirements for an intern to complete an ACEND - Accredited Supervised Practice Program, which is required prior to taking a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

State Licensure

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements, visit CDR's State Licensure webpage.

South Dakota (SD) is among 46 states that have enacted legislation regulating the practice of dietetics. State licensure and state certification are separate from the registration exam by CDR. The SD codified law and administrative rules regarding dietetics and nutrition and the state licensure process are found on the SD Legislature Legislative Research Council website.  Application information for the SD Licensed Nutritionist process is available on the SD Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners site. Graduates of the Nutrition & Dietetics (M.S.) who are issued a verification statement are eligible to apply for a temporary SD Licensed Nutritionist license which is good for 1 year. Successful passing of the CDR examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists is required for application to be issued permanent SD Licensed Nutritionist status.