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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Requirements & Matching Details

Admission Requirements

Admission into the SCH Dietetic Internship requires standards to ensure acceptance of quality students who are likely to pass the program successfully. These requirements, in addition to DICAS requirements, are listed below:

  • Completed Dietetic Internship Supplemental Application (PDF)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum DPD GPA of 3.0 is preferred
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy courses completed within the last five years are preferred.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two from faculty and one from an employer or equivalent)

Upon review of submissions, Program Leadership will select a number of applicants for an interview through HireVue, a video interviewing system.

Applicants that are selected for an interview will receive an email during the week of March 7-11, 2022 to the primary email indicated in their application. This email will provide directions on how to complete the interview, which must be submitted within 5-7 days of date the email is sent.

We are looking for applicants with competitive GPAs, strong work and/or volunteer experience, excellent communication skills, self initiative and a strong interest in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Computer Matching/Pre-Select

The St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program uses the centralized application process, DICAS. See the website for specific dates and deadlines at

Or, contact DICAS with further questions regarding this process:
Phone: 617-612-2855

D & D Digital is used for the matching process. See the website or contact D & D Digital for further information:

D & D Digital
3100 S Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 887
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: 515.292.0490

Please send your application fee as a check for $50 paid to the order of the St. Cloud Hospital as well as your supplemental application form (not including the personal statement) and mail to:

Sierra Quarnstrom
St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program
1200 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Pre-Select Option for College of St. Benedict Applicants
(available for Spring Match interns only)

St. Cloud Hospital offers a second option to students who are in their senior year at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. These students will bypass the DICAS national application process by submitting their applications directly to the Program Manager by the second Monday in January. All admission requirements for pre-select applicants are the same as those applying via national match, including the supplemental application form and $50 application fee. The SCH DI Program accepts up to four interns annually via this process. Applicants interested in this option should contact their DPD Program Director at the College of St. Benedict or Sierra Quarnstrom at for further information.


Students are required to agree to intern contract requirements, see the St. Cloud Hospital Internship Contract for details.

Please see the Non Employee Student Requirement Form (PDF) to see what is required at least three weeks before starting the program. Paperwork should all be sent as one packet to

Required information should be gathered as soon as possible since some information/immunizations may take several weeks to gather. Once all required paperwork has been received, you will be eligible to start and you will be contacted to confirm your eligibility to attend orientation. Late start dates are not accepted except in cases of intern medical emergencies. If all information is not received prior to three weeks before the start date of the program, students will forfeit the entire program.

Final official transcripts documenting final GPA as well as a signed DPD verification statement should be brought on the first day of the program or mailed to:

Sierra Quarnstrom
St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program
1200 Sixth Ave North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

For Spring Match, the first payment of $5,000.00 is due no later than June 1st, as a check made out to the St. Cloud Hospital and mailed to Sierra Quarnstrom. The second payment of $4,760.00 is due no later than October 1st.

Prior Assessed Learning (PAL)

The SCH DI assesses for prior learning in the areas of food service management and community nutrition. See policy below.

Registration Requirements

Requirements for Registration are established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The present eligibility requirements are described on the ACEND page of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at and include the following:

  1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally-accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies.
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Information about the examination can be found on the CDR website at
  4. Complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration.

In addition to the preceding requirements for registration, the state of Minnesota has a licensure requirement. Minnesota Statutes define licensure and states in 148.630 (a) No person may engage in dietetics or nutrition practice unless the person is licensed as a dietitian or nutritionist by the Board. No person may use the title “dietitian,” “licensed dietitian,” “nutritionist,” “licensed nutritionist,” or any other occupational title using the word “dietitian” or “nutritionist” unless so licensed by the board, nor shall any person hold out dietitian or nutritionist unless so licensed. Additional information is available at Several other states have licensure/certification requirements. For more information about licensure requirements in these states, see the state licensure agency contact list posted on the Commission on Dietetic Registration website at

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership Information: As an intern enrolled in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program, you are eligible for student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Membership is required for the SCH DI Program. Membership benefits include career resources, information resources, educational opportunities, policy initiatives and advocacy, publications and subscriptions, science and quality and networking and promotion. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at or contact the Program Manager if you have questions about how to apply for membership.

Program Policies & Materials

For more information, please download the following PDFs:

Discipline Policy
Educational Purpose of Supervised Practice
Inclement Weather
Insurance Requirements
Intern Rights
Preceptor Handbook
Prior Assessed Learning (PAL)
Reporting Concerns
Site Selection
Verification Statement
Withdrawal and Refund of Fees

Please Note!

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 dietetic internship program at St. Cloud Hospital are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

Starting with the 2023 cohort, applicants will be required to have a master’s degree, or be enrolled in a master’s program, to be considered for placement in the SCH Dietetic Internship.