Minimum Admission Requirements
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For students
with a foreign degree, validation of the equivalent to a Bachelor's degree must be
made through a degree audit service. Information for international students regarding
education and credentialing requirements may be obtained at http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students/obtaining-dietetics-credentials-with-a-foreign-degree.
- An ACEND Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics within
the last 5 years. All dietetic interns must be able to supply this by the first Monday
in August at the start of Orientation Week.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.7 on all undergraduate coursework with an average
of 3.0 for DPD courses, or a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate coursework.
- Either completion of the Graduate Record Examination (with a minimum total score of
143 in the Verbal and 141 in the Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3 on the
Analytical essay) or completion of a Master's degree in Nutrition or related discipline
within the last 2 years are required. The GRE is a requirement for admission to the
Graduate School, but this may be waived with a completed Master's degree. The Master's
degree must have been completed by the time of application to the dietetic internship.
- A score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for
international students whose undergraduate studies were conducted in a language other
University of the Incarnate Word dietetic interns MUST also be accepted into the
- Access DICAS (Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System) at http://portal.dicas.org to fill out the centralized application. If you have additional questions regarding
the online application process, contact DICAS at DICASinfo@DICAS.org.
- The DICAS online application MUST be completed by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February
- The DICAS fee is $40 for the first program application submitted and $20 for each
additional program application.
- For the Personal Statement part of the application, in regard to the UIW Dietetic
Internship, address the following topics instead of the ones listed on DICAS:
- Describe your professional goals regarding what you will do as a registered dietitian.
What do you have to offer to the profession that your peers may not? How will the
UIW Dietetic Internship program help you toward achievement of your professional
- Describe your experience and abilities in working with people of the Mexican-American
or other cultures. Give concrete examples of your experiences. If you have not worked
specifically with people of the Mexican-American culture, you should describe your
experiences working with people of different cultures.
- For the references that should be supplied to DICAS, one should be from a Nutrition
professor (does not necessarily have to be your advisor), a second should be from
a work reference (either paid or volunteer), and a third professional reference that
can speak to either your academic ability or your work ethic.
- Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities must be submitted to DICAS
(DICAS – Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02474). Please note: after
being appointed to the dietetic internship, you will need to obtain two (2) copies
of official transcripts showing completion of your Bachelor's degree. One copy is
to be supplied to the University for completion of matriculation, and one copy is
to be given to the Dietetic Internship Director to be used for establishing registration
- When completing the application form, applicants must include the name and contact
information (specifically, an e-mail address) for each reference and for your DPD
Director for submission of either your Intent to Complete or your Verification Statement.
This will trigger an e-mail message requesting completion of on-line forms by your
references and DPD Director. These should be submitted with enough lead time so that
your DPD Director and references can complete their parts of your DICAS application.
- Applicants must also register online for Computer Matching and select their dietetic
internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2019. There
is a $55 computer matching fee. Please visit http://www.dnddigital.com/ to register.
- A $25 application fee made out to "University of the Incarnate Word" must be sent
to the dietetic internship director by February 15, 2019 (Joseph Bonilla, Nutrition
Program, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway Box 311, San Antonio, TX
78209). "Dietetic Internship Application Fee" should be written on the Note line.
- If necessary, a personal or phone interview with members of the dietetic internship
admissions committee may be made.
- Applicants must complete and send a Graduate School application to the School of Graduate
Studies no later than February 15, 2019:
The application packet for this includes the following:
- Graduate Application (available online at www.uiw.edu/admissions). Although the application mentions reference letters, none are needed to be provided
to this application for consideration for the dietetic internship or the Master's
degree in Nutrition. To be eligible for financial assistance, indicate Degree Seeking
on the application. If you already have completed a graduate degree in Nutrition
and would like to be eligible for financial assistance, still indicate Degree Seeking
and select Multidisciplinary Studies for area of study.
- One complete set of official transcripts (note: this is a separate set from what is
sent to DICAS)
- Graduate Record Exam score - This score must be received by the University of the
Incarnate Word no later than February 22, 2019. Applicants to the dietetic internship
who do not have a verified GRE score on file with the University by this date will
not have their DICAS application reviewed by the admissions committee.
- TOEFL or Michigan Test score (international students only)
- $20 application fee made out to University of the Incarnate Word (note: this is a
separate fee from the dietetic internship application fee)
Selection Process and Appointment Phase
An admissions committee consisting of University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition faculty
members and representatives from the areas of clinical dietetics, community nutrition,
and foodservice management will review each individual application based on scholarship,
experience, references, cultural sensitivity, and personal statements. Review of all
applications will be in accord with the University of the Incarnate Word’s Non-Discrimination
Policy as published in the Student Handbook.
The admissions committee will rank the applicants based on the above criteria. This
ranking is submitted to a nation-wide computer matching service.
D&D Digital will notify each applicant if she or he has been matched to an internship.
This notification will be by e-mail, and will occur in April. The matched dietetic
internship will not make notification. Applicants matched to the UIW Dietetic Internship
must provide written notification of acceptance of their match by either e-mail (email@example.com) or fax (210-829-3153) to the Dietetic Internship Director by the designated deadline
to confirm their match to the program. Students completing their Didactic Program
requirements during the spring or summer need to provide a copy of their Verification
Statement by the start of the internship.