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St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program

Mission Statement:

St. Cloud Dietetic Internship ProgramThe mission of the St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship is to fully prepare graduates to enter the field as competent, entry-level registered dietitians, with an expertise in medical nutrition therapy, who put the care of people above all in a manner that reflects the healing mission of Jesus.

Information regarding the St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program will be accessed through the following subject areas:

Program Location

St. Cloud is located 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis with a population of 67,109, making it Minnesota's tenth largest city. St. Cloud Hospital is located on the Mississippi River in Central Minnesota. It is a Catholic-affiliated, not-for-profit institution and part of the CentraCare Health System. The hospital has more than 5,000 employees, 400 physicians and 1,200 volunteers. It serves 690,000 people in a 12-county area.

St. Cloud is located 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Program Goals and Objectives

St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates to become competent entry-level registered dietitians.Goal #1: The St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates to become competent entry-level registered dietitians.

Objective #1: 80% of graduates will pass the registration examination on their first attempt.

Objective #2: 80% of graduates that seek employment will be employed in dietetics or a related field within 12 months of graduation.

Objective #3: 80% of internship participants will complete their dietetic internship within 55½ weeks for full-time interns and 88½ weeks for part-time interns (150% of internship length).

Objective #4: After 12 months of employment, 80% of employed graduates will rate themselves as prepared or well-prepared in performance.

Goal #2: The St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship will prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to providing patient and family-centered care.

Objective #1: 80% of employers will rank graduates as “meets expectations” or above in standards of patient/client centered care 12 months post-graduation.

Outcomes data for the program objectives listed above will be available upon request. Please contact Dona Anderson at

Requirements for Dietetic Registration

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 Internship Director if you have questions about how to apply for membership.

Program Student Expenses

Cost to the student

Tuition $8,500 made in two payments
Transportation (cost of vehicle, automobile insurance, mileage and parking fees) Varies
Housing/living expenses Approximately $1,300/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)

Approximately $500 for vaccines/tests (without insurance coverage)

Health insurance cost varies

American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers Approximately $75
Required texts Approximately $200
Student membership Approximately $60
Miscellaneous (lab coat, calculator, suggested texts, etc.) Approximately $50
Suggested texts Approximately $500
Non-refundable application fee $40
DICAS and D&D Digital Fees Approximately $100
Estimated total cost for full-time interns, not including transportation or health insurance Approximately $23,010

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.

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
  • Three letters of recommendation (two from faculty and one from an employer or equivalent)

Upon review of submissions, Internship Leadership will select a number of applicants for a telephone interview prior to final selection.

Program Schedule

In general, the program is outlined as follows:

Full Time Option (40 hours/week): Part Time Option (24 hours/week):
Medical Nutrition Therapy 20 weeks 33 weeks
Community Nutrition 6 weeks 10 weeks
Food Service Management 8 weeks 13 weeks
Professional Development 1 week 2 weeks
General Orientation 1 week 1 week
Vacation 1 week 0 weeks
Total 37 weeks 59 weeks

See the Student Handbook (PDF) for more details of the program schedule.

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.

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 $40 made out to St. Cloud Hospital and mail to:

Sierra Quarnstrom
Clinical Nutrition Services
1406 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

St. Cloud Hospital offers a second option to students graduating from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in St. Joseph/Collegeville, Minnesota. These students may apply under the preselect option by the second Monday in January of the program start year. The SCH DI program admits up to four interns annually via this process. Please contact Dona Anderson at for further information.


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

The following information/paperwork is required at least three weeks prior to the start date or you will forfeit your entire internship.

  1. Permission for St. Cloud Hospital to complete a State of Minnesota-Department of Human Services criminal background study, issued less than 1 year from start date. Interns can make an appointment with our Human Resources department at 320-255-5650 to have this completed. See the Centracare Internship Permission for details.
  2. Negative Urine Drug and Alcohol test. Interns can make an appointment with our Employee Health Services department at 320-255-5634 to have this completed, but are responsible for this cost.
    • Must be a 7-panel drug screen, plus alcohol. (*7-panel drug screen includes: Amphetamines, Cannabinoids, Cocaine, Phencylidine, Opiates, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, plus alcohol with adulterants testing)

    • CentraCare will not issue the drug & alcohol screen.

  3. Negative 2-step Tuberculin Skin Test (Mantoux), less than one year from start date. If you have a positive Mantoux history, a chest x-ray will be accepted.
    • The second test must be completed within 3 months of start date.

    • Quantiferon Gold will not be accepted.

  4. Documentation of two doses of vaccine against Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR), at least 28 days apart, or:
    • Titer blood draw proving immunity to all 3 diseases. (MMR titer)

  5. Documentation of two doses of vaccine against Varicella (chicken pox), at least 28 days apart, or one of the following:
    • Titer blood draw proving immunity.

    • Medical statement or dictation note from healthcare provider of clinic visit when student/faculty was seen and diagnosed with Varicella or Zoster (Shingles).

  6. Documentation of three Hepatitis B vaccines, or one of the following:
    • Signed declination form, available by contacting Sierra Quarnstrom, 1406 Sixth Avenue North, St. Cloud, MN, 56303.

    • Titer blood draw proving immunity.

  7. Proof of American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) card at the Health Care Provider level.
  8. Signed Drug & Alcohol Acknowledgement (PDF) & Confidentiality Agreement. (PDF)
  9. Did you receive the influenza vaccine for the current flu season? Indicate “Yes,” “Declined,” or “Medical Contraindication.”
    • If Yes, proof must be submitted.

    • If response is either “Declined” or “Medical Contraindication,” the student will be required to wear a mask at all times in areas where patients may be present.

  10. Paperwork should all be send as one packet. Required information should be gathered as soon as possible since some information/immunizations may take several weeks to gather. Information packets should be sent to Michella Frank, Education & Training, 1406 Sixth Avenue North, St. Cloud, MN, 56303 at least three weeks prior to the start date, via e-mail, fax, or US mail. 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 start of their entire internship.
  11. Final official transcripts documenting final GPA as well as completion of DPD program.
  12. Signed DPD verification statement.

Student Handbook

See the Student Handbook (PDF) for more details about the program.



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

  • A minimum of 1328 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.

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Contact Us

For more information about the St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program, please contact:

Dona Anderson, MPH, LD, RD
Internship Director

Sierra Quarnstrom, RD
Internship Coordinator

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