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To be eligible to apply for the Dietetics Internship Program in Florida, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in nutrition and food science or dietetics which meets the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • A verification statement completed by the program director.
  • A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)

Applicants are selected based on grades, work and volunteer experiences, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities and skills in a personal letter.

Policies and responsibilities

The following Mayo School of Health Sciences policies affect applications and admissions to its programs:

Required documentation

Upon acceptance into the dietetic internship program and graduation from the university, submit to program director the following items:

  • Official final university transcript declaring graduation date
  • Original verification statement of DPD completion

International applicants

U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Immigrant status is required for admission to the Dietetics Internship Program.

Admissions policy

Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:

  • Critical thinking
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional stability and maturity
  • Empathy
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.

Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments, but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:

  • Immunization
  • Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
  • Background Study
  • Drug Screen
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS program

Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school.

Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.

Student responsibilities

Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.

Equal opportunity

Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.

  • July 18, 2012
  • ART039637