The Simmons Master of Science - Dietetic Internship Program
Earn your MS degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion online and complete the requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam in just two years!
The partnership between the Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship and the Simmons College online Master's Degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion will enable students a unique opportunity to earn a Masters of Science degree from Simmons College and complete their dietetic internship to meet eligibility requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam. Both programs will be offered using a distance education model allowing students to meet the requirements to become an MS, RDN in the location of their choice.
One application. One acceptance.
Complete the required dietetic internship through an ACEND* accredited program.
Earn a Master's degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion online.
Meet the requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam.
Enhance your career and build your network.
Program Timeline & Concentrations
Apply in February through the WWDI Spring DICAS application. Begin in July with Wellness Workdays (Distance Program)
Choose a concentration:
Prospective interns are required to find qualified preceptors in the areas of clinical nutrition, long-term care, food service management, community nutrition, elective, and a concentration to complete their requirements. Sites and preceptors are subject to approval by Wellness Workdays DI.
Master's Degree Nutrition and Health Promotion
Coursework begins in July through Simmons University (Distance Education)
All coursework is completed online.
Program Completion Outline
Simmons University offers two separate program tracks for students - Wellness Track and Entrepreneurship Track. Please review the course outline for both tracks below.
Students will complete their internship requirements and master's degree requirements concurrently according to the plan below. The plan below demonstrates the possible plan for a student to complete the MS-DI program part-time through Wellness Workdays and Simmons University.
Course requirements for MS Nutrition and Health Promotion, Entrep Track
Course requirements for MS Nutrition and Health Promotion, Wellness Track
*Note: Rotation hours may not start until after orientation and must begin by Labor Day in September following orientation.
**Note: WWDI rotation hours must be completed by December of Year 2 of the program. Prior to 2024, students will be eligible to sit for the RDN exam upon completion of rotation hours.
WWDI has been granted full accreditation by the *Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
To graduate and complete the internship requirements, you must satisfy the minimum 1000 supervised practice hours, all didactic hours, assignments, rotation evaluations, practice exams and complete an exit interview at program completion. For the Master of Science degree, students must complete the required courses (31 credits).
Following successful completion, you will receive a Verification Statement and your name will then be submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) by the WWDI Program Director as evidence of eligibility to sit for the (RDN) credentialing exam. Students will graduate in May of program year two with a Master of Science degree from Simmons College.
Who Should Apply?
Students who have or will be completing a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program accredited by ACEND and be receiving a DPD verification statement.
This program is ideal for recent graduate who hold a Bachelor's degree as well as those with an interest in registered dietitian programs seeking to change careers.
When & How
Deadline is February 15!
Applicants must apply through the DICAS system and complete a WWDI Supplemental Application. Please see the How to Apply page for more information.