COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Learn More

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

Schedule & Expenses

Program Student Expenses

Costs to the student:

  • Tuition for 2021 is $9,760 per intern. For Spring Match, payments can be split as follows: $5,000 due June 1st of the start year and $4,760 due October 1st of the start year.
  • Tuition is subject to change annually.
  • 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: $50
  • 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

The DI Program starts the second week in September. In general, the program is outlined as follows:

Full Time MNT 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.