Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics

Impacting health one meal at a time

Indiana University is proud to announce one of the first ACEND accredited doctor-level degree designed to educate and foster future leaders in the profession of nutrition and dietetics by combining the academic work and supervised practice experiences that prepare students for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Indiana University's Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics (DND) combines the esteemed history of 100 years of a Dietetic Internship Program with over 50 years of experience in graduate education for registered dietitians. 


16%Projected growth through 2024 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected growth from 2014 to 2024.

1:10faculty to student ratio

100+years of educating future Registered Dietetians

The Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum

  • BIOL 55600 Physiology 1 (3 cr)
  • BIOC B500 Introductory Biochemisty (3 cr)
  • PBHL 501 US Health Care Systems and Health Policy (3 cr)
  • NTRD N640 US Public Health Nutrition (3 cr)
  • PBHL B551 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3 cr)

  • BIOL 5700 Physiology II (3 cr)
  • NTRD N670 Nutrition in Pregnancy & Lactation (3 cr)
  • NTRD N674 Pediatric Nutrition (3 cr)
  • EDUC 750 Learning and Teaching (3 cr)
  • NTRD N642 Nutrition Education Experience (1 cr)
  • NTRD N650 Food Science (3 cr)

  • NTRD N652 Menu Planning for Culturally Diverse Populations (3 cr)
  • NTRD N600 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nutrition & Dietetics (3 cr)
  • NTRD N655 US Food Market Place (3 cr)

  • MPAS M818 Principles of Medical Pharmacology for Physician Assistants (3 cr)
  • PBHL H508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 cr)
  • NTRD N663 Evidence Based Practice in Nutrition & Dietetics (3 cr)
  • NTRD N751 Human Nutrient Metabolism I (3 cr)
  • NTRD N750 Vitamins Minerals and Accessory Nutrients (3 cr)

  • NTRD N752 Human Nutrient Metabolism II (3 cr)
  • PBHL H509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care (3 cr)
  • NTRD N753 Nutrition & the Microbiome (3 cr)
  • NTRD N760 Personalized Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 cr)
  • PBHL 507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 cr)

  • NTRD N765 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (3 cr)
  • NTRD N740 Nutrition Counseling Techniques (3 cr)
  • NTRD N762 Personalized Adult Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 cr)

  • NTRD N745 Experiential Nutrition Education (3 cr)
  • NTRD N801 Seminar in Nutrition & Dietetics (1 cr)
  • NTRD N850 Process Improvement Proposal (3 cr)
  • NTRD N890 Supervised Practice (7 cr) 512 hrs

  • NTRD N855 Process Improvement Project (4 cr)
  • NTRD N590 Supervised Practice (8 cr) 576 clock hours

  • NTRD N855 continues
  • NTRD N890 Supervised Practice (3 cr) Concentration (Capstone) 200 hrs

Clinical experiences through supervised practice

The Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program includes 1,264 clock hours of supervised practice at various hospitals, clinics, and community-based organizations. The supervised practice experiences are organized as rotations.  

  • Clinical Nutrition I (4 weeks/16 days) interns practice the basics of patient nutrition assessment, interview, and education skills, charting and provide medical nutrition therapy to patients including those requiring enteral feeding. 
  • Clinical Nutrition II (6 weeks/24 days) interns provide medical nutrition therapy to more complex patients including those requiring parenteral feeding. 
  • Diabetes Clinic Rotation (2 weeks/8 days) interns experience diabetes both as a caregiver and as a “patient”.  Each intern develops a personal eating plan, monitors blood glucose levels and self-treats with saline (representing insulin) during this rotation. 
  • Pediatric Rotation (2 weeks/8 days) interns will be introduced to the unique nutritional requirements of hospitalized children in a tertiary care setting. 

Food Systems Core Rotation (9 weeks/36 days) interns work with Nutrition and food service professionals in food production, purchasing, management, marketing and finance as applied to health care food systems management.
Extended Care Rotation (3 weeks/12 days) interns work in nursing homes, assisted living and rehabilitation programs. This is a blended rotation that includes a mix of food service and the provision of medical nutrition therapy to patients.  This rotation includes special attention to patient hydration, drug side effects and interactions.
School Food Service and Nutrition Education (2 weeks/8 days) Interns participate in the management of school feeding and in nutrition education activities in townships schools in Marion, Hamilton and Johnson counties.

These rotations are scheduled throughout the food systems management and clinical rotation blocks.
Women’s, Infants and Children (WIC) Program (1 week/4 days) Interns assess, interview and educate low-income mothers and their children on essentials of nutrition for themselves and their children.
Community Services Experience (1 week/4 days) Interns will be involved in short-term experiences including Central Indiana Coalition on Aging Congregate Feeding, Meals on Wheels programs, Marion County Food Borne Safety Inspections, Cathedral Kitchen a soup kitchen and food pantry and the IUPUI Faculty and Staff Health Fair
Lifestyle Medicine (1 week/4 days) Interns work with the employee wellness program at Eli Lilly Corporate Headquarters in Indianapolis.  Interns provide education and health promotion activities for employees.
Gleaners of Indiana (1 week/4 days) Interns provide nutrition education and develop nutrition education materials for participants in Gleaners programs such as BakSacks Weekend Food for Kids Program, Commodities Supplemental Food Program “Senior Boxes” and Gleaners sponsored food pantries.

Clinical and Customer Service Capstone Rotation (5 weeks/25 days) Each intern develops an individualized experience developing their own learning goals and activities.  Final capstone rotation plans may include any area of dietetics, must require entry-level competency and must be approved by internship faculty.

Practice Sites

  • Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield, IN
  • Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, IN
  • Community Hospital South, Indianapolis, IN
  • Community Hospital East, Indianapolis, IN
  • Hendricks Regional Health, Danville, IN
  • Riverview Hospital, Noblesville, IN
  • IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington, IN
  • IU Health North Medical Center, Carmel, IN

  • University Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
  • Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
  • Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital, Indianapolis IN
  • Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, IN
  • St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
  • IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington IN

  • James Whitcomb Riley Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

  • IU Health, Indianapolis, IN
  • St. Francis Diabetes Education Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, IN

  • Bridgewater Healthcare Center, Carmel, IN
  • Greenwood Meadows, Indianapolis, IN
  • Otterbein, Franklin, IN
  • Providence, Anderson, IN
  • Westminster Village North, Indianapolis, IN

  • Marion County WIC Clinics, Indianapolis, IN
  • Johnson County WIC Clinics (Greenwood and Franklin, IN)
  • Shelby County WIC Clinic, Shelbyville, IN

  • Carmel Clay School Corporation, Carmel, IN
  • Center Grove School Corporation, Greenwood, IN
  • Clark Pleasant School Corporation, Whiteland, IN
  • Decatur Middle School, Indianapolis, IN
  • Franklin School Corporation, Indianapolis, IN
  • Pike Township Schools, Indianapolis, IN

  • Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, IN
  • Hendricks Regional Health, Danville, IN
  • IU Health Academic Center, Indianapolis, IN 
  • IU Health North Medical Center, Carmel, IN
  • Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital, Indianapolis IN
  • St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Eli Lilly Corporate Headquarters, Indianapolis, IN

  • Central Indiana Coalition on Aging
  • Meals on Wheels Program
  • Congregate Feeding
  • Marion County Health Department
  • Dept. of Food Safety
  • Cathedral Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
  • Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry

  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN

Cost and finances

IUPUI Tuition and Fees 2019-2020

Tuition Total based on 108 credit hours $560.00 per credit hour $995.00 per credit hour General, Tech,  Rehab & Repair Fees
Breakdown per semesterFall (15) $                 8,400.00 $      14,925.00 $    560.68
Spring  (16) $                 8,960.00 $      15,920.00 $    560.68
Summer (9) $                 5,040.00 $         8,955.00 $    517.18
Fall(15) $                 8,400.00 $      14,925.00 $    560.68
Spring (15) $                 8,400.00 $      14,925.00 $    560.68
Summer (9) $                 5,040.00 $         8,955.00 $    517.18
Fall (14) $                 7,840.00 $      13,930.00 $    560.68
Spring (12) $                 6,720.00 $      11,940.00 $    560.68
Summer (3) $                 1,680.00 $         2,985.00 $    346.64
Total $              60,480.00 $    107,460.00 $ 4,745.08
Additional IUPUI Fees 2019-2020 
Interprofessional Education Fee (one-time fee)$150.00
IUPUI Campus Parking (optional)Student Surface Annual Permit$416.00
International Student Visa Processing Fee (if applicable)$125.00
Other Costs 
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student (required)$50.00/year
Indiana Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Spring Meeting Registration Fee$100.00/year
HousingA one-bedroom apartment’s estimated rent is $500.00-$600.00/month. (Remember to estimate utilities and telephone charges)
Textbooks per semesterEstimated $1000.00
Lab coat (Knee Length)$25.00
Cost of Printing/internet feesInclude paper, printer cartridges,and internet connection fees
Transportation to in-state clinical practice sites varies depending on site location and the cost of fuel.Estimated $3000.00; varies depending on living site and cost of gasoline, etc 
Crimson Card Student ID (Mandatory)FREE (Replacement card, $25)
Personal Health Insurance (required)Varies
Malpractice InsuranceProvided by Indiana University
Background checks including sexual offender registry checkVaries
Some sites require drug testing$50.00


This information is an ESTIMATE and is subject to change at any time.  Students are encouraged to calculate tuition at the IUPUI Bursar’s website:

DND students are eligible for federal student loans.  Visit the student financial aid website at


As a student in the Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program, you are eligible for a department scholarship:

  • Arlene Wilson Dietary Fellowship
  • Sheila Ward Fellowship
  • Nutrition Legacy Fellowship (This fellowship will be available in 2023)
Applications for this scholarship and others within the IU system takes place in the fall semester of the program using the Blackbaud Award Management portal.

Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The overarching mission of the DND is to provide advanced education and supervised practice opportunities for future leaders in the application and advancement of nutrition and dietetics for the state of Indiana and beyond.  The mission of the Doctorate in Nutrition & Dietetics entry-level coordinated dietetic education program is the preparation of entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to meet the health care needs of the citizens of Indiana and to provide future leaders in nutrition and healthcare.  


  • Objective 1: 100% of CP graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Objective 2:  The program’s one-year pass rate (CP graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.   
  • Objective 3:  Eighty percent or more of the CP graduates, who respond to the 1-year post-graduation survey, will report satisfaction with preparation provided by the DND for their first professional position.
  • Objective 4:  At least 80% of program CP students complete program/degree requirements within 4.5 years (150% of the program length).
  • Objective 5: Of CP graduates who seek employment, 100% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 6:  Ninety percent or more of the employers of CP graduates, who respond to the 1-year post-graduation survey, will report themselves satisfied with the preparation of the entry level dietitian. 

  • Objective 1:  Fifty percent of the CP graduates will find employment in the State of Indiana within the first year following graduation.

DND CP Program outcome data are available upon request.


The Doctorate in Nutrition & Dietetics Track 1 (entry level coordinated program) has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition & Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

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A new program that has been determined to be eligible to enroll students or accepting interns as the result of an on-site evaluation visit, but has not had a graduating class may be granted candidate status.  The granting of candidate status denotes a developmental program, which is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period.  Reasonable assurances are expected to be provided that the program may become accredited as programmatic experiences are gained, generally by the time the first class has graduated.  Graduates of a class designated as having candidate status have the same rights and privileges as graduates of an accredited program. 

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 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). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Doctorate in Nutrition & Dietetics Track 1 program at IUPUI are eligible to/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here.

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