For the sixth year in a row, 100% of the graduates of Meredith College’s Master of Science in Nutrition program have been matched to dietetic internships (DI).
Getting matched to a dietetic internship is the second step in the rigorous process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Meredith’s match rate well exceeds the national match rate, which has ranged from 62% to 74% over the past five years.
Rachel Findley, director of the didactic program in dietetics, said the exceptional match rate is the result of a collective effort from all of the food and nutrition faculty and staff, particularly their personalized focus on student support.
“From the beginning of students’ time with us, we talk with them about what a successful application looks like to an internship program,” said Findley. “We push them to seek out experiences to help them grow and to learn what they like.”
She noted that students often cite Meredith’s match rate as a reason for choosing the College’s program.
That was the case for Ashlyne Wright, ’22, M.S. in Nutrition, who was matched to a dietetic internship at The Ohio State University, her top choice among DI programs.
“I came to Meredith because of its proven student success, as evidenced by the 100% match rate from the previous years,” said Wright. “I also was attracted to Meredith’s program because of the sense of community it instills and the genuine desire of the faculty to help you reach personal and professional goals.”
Jordan Seward, ’22, M.S. in Nutrition, will complete her dietetic internship at Cornell University, after which she plans to specialize in pediatric nutrition.
Seward said she feels well prepared for the next phase of her studies.
“The program not only provided me with multiple outlets to explore my interests in dietetics but also made me feel well equipped and confident going into my dietetic internship,” said Seward. “Strong and caring professors who are invested in our personal lives are the backbone of this program.”
Wright expressed a similar feeling of confidence.
“I feel prepared to head into this next phase of my career at a large university medical center where I will be able to build upon my nutrition knowledge and personal development gained from Meredith,” she said.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Meredith’s MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics track is an ACEND accredited program designed for individuals with a career goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR).
If a student successfully matches to an ACEND accredited dietetic internship post-graduation, they will complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice to become eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).