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Schedule & Expenses

Program Student Expenses

Costs to the student:

  • Tuition: $9,760 made in two payments (due June 1st and October 1st)
  • Transportation (cost of vehicle, automobile insurance, mileage and parking fees): Varies
  • Housing/living expenses: Approximately $1,100/month (average rent is approximately $760/month)
  • Computer software access: Varies though personal laptop is encouraged
  • Health costs (urine drug/alcohol screen, two step mantoux test, required immunizations, health insurance): Health insurance cost varies
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers: Approximately $75
  • Student membership: Approximately $60
  • Miscellaneous (lab coat, goggles, calculator, suggested texts, etc.): Approximately $70
  • Suggested texts: Approximately $500
  • Non-refundable application fee: $40
  • DICAS and D&D Digital Fees: Approximately $130

Estimated total cost for full-time interns, not including transportation or health insurance: Approximately $23,470.

Financial aid is not provided; it is the responsibility of each individual intern to cover the cost of the program. See the Student Handbook (PDF) for more specific information.

Program Schedule

In general, the program is outlined as follows:

Full Time Option (40 hours/week)

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: 20 weeks
  • Community Nutrition: 6 weeks
  • Food Service Management: 8 weeks
  • Professional Development: 1 week
  • General Orientation: 1 week
  • Vacation: 2 weeks

Total: 38 weeks

See sample full time schedule (PDF)

Part Time Option (24 hours/week)

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy: 34 weeks
  • Community Nutrition: 9 weeks
  • Food Service Management: 12 weeks
  • Professional Development: 2 weeks
  • General Orientation: 1 week
  • Vacation: 2 weeks

Total: 60 weeks

See sample part time schedule (PDF)

See the Student Handbook (PDF) for more details.

Education is provided primarily through supervised practice experiences. Additional forms of learning are provided through lecture, written and group assignments, presentations and role playing. The majority of rotations take place within CentraCare Health hospitals and clinics with a variety of community nutrition and food service rotations taking place primarily in the St. Cloud area.


To graduate from the St. Cloud Hospital DI Program, the following criteria must be met:

  • A minimum of 1274 hours of supervised practice
  • Completion of all assignments and projects with a passing grade
  • Completion of all evaluations and self assessments with an average score of “3” or better
  • Confirmation of graduation readiness by the director of the SCH dietetic internship program

When it is determined that an intern has successfully completed the St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program, a verification statement will be issued to them and a copy will be sent to the Commission on Dietetic Registration to alert them of the intern’s examination eligibility.