Why study Supervised Practice in Dietetics?

The Supervised Practice in Dietetics (SPD) Certificate Program contains the dietetic internship portion of the requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).  This is the last step and following successful completion of the supervised practice, you may schedule and take the registered dietitian nutritionist exam to earn the RDN credential.  

The Supervised Practice in Dietetics is a secondary admittance program of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics (Community or Sports Nutrition tracks) or the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Cincinnati.   

The Supervised Practice in Dietetics certificate program requires completion of a minimum of 1200 hours. Regardless of whether you have been accepted for local or distance supervised practice, you will complete 4 semester credit hours of orientation and supervised practice preparation in Cincinnati during May and early June. Once that is complete, interns move on to their supervised practice rotation sites. This is comprised of 32 semester credit hours starting in summer semester for 5 weeks followed by fall and spring semester. 

Sites include practice in clinical nutrition, food service management, community/public health, and specialty areas of choice. You also have the opportunity to work in one of our two declared areas of concentration: pediatrics or long-term care.

Admission Requirements

Application requirements, deadlines and more can be found on the Admissions Information page.

Dietetics professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, supermarkets, private practice settings, eating disorder centers, with athletes, academia, research, health departments, business corporations, health clubs, and many other areas. 

An individual who wishes to become a: 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) must complete the didactic coursework in dietetics (Bachelor of Science in Dietetics), an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for RDNs.  This credential enables the RD to perform nutrition risk assessments and prescribe medical nutrition therapy to remediate or prevent disease. 

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) must complete the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and then they can take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for NDTRs. This credential enables a NDTR to work in partnership with the RDN to screen, evaluate and educate patients on topics related to nutrition.  

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM) can take the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers credentialing exam after completing the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics.  This credential recognizes experts in managing dietary operations. 

Gainful Employment 

The United States Department of Labor Standard Occupational code for Dietitian is 29-1031.00. An occupational profile for a dietitian can be found at the Department of Labor's O*NET website. 

Please click on the following link for Gainful Employment disclosure information: Gainful Employment Disclosure 


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati's Didactic Program in Dietetics and Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877/1600 ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND

Contact Information

John Pantel, MS, RDN, LDN
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-2196

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Program Code: 35CRT-SPD-C2