The Keith & Associates Distance Dietetic Internship program (KADDI) is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice experience designed to allow qualified individuals to become registry-eligible with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Two tracks are available: full-time (40 hours per week) and part-time (20 or more hours per week).


The part-time option is very flexible and especially suited to interns who want to continue work or pursue a master's degree.


KADDI issues verification statements individually when you complete the assignments to meet required ACEND competencies, have 1212 hours and have passed the final competency exam.

* Alternate Activities include case studies, simulations and role plays. During the COVID-19 outbreak, ACEND is allowing programs to use up to 600 hours of alternative activities. KADDI is using this option for some current interns who are unable to go to a rotation site due to closures or exclusion of students.

Applicants are required to identify their own preceptors and facilities in the area in which they desire to do rotations, usually where their home is located. Rotation sites and preceptors should be identified and included in the DICAS application. The Keith & Associates legal department will execute affiliation agreements with the student’s chosen preceptors and facilities after the student is accepted into the program.

Keith & Associates contracts with web-based services to track time and attendance, student and preceptor evaluations, completion of competencies, and for on-line testing. Keith & Associates follows U.S. Department of Education Guidance Issued on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services. The program takes precautions to ensure intern privacy and positively identify interns during distance learning and testing.

KADDI is sponsored by Keith & Associates, a dietetic consulting firm that provides nutritional services to more than 275 nursing homes, hospices, assisted living facilities, hospitals, Headstart programs, dialysis centers, daycare centers, acute care centers, group homes, schools, job corps, industry and prisons as well as over 300 DHS clients. Sandra Keith, MPH, RD, LD started the company in 1996. There are currently 19 associate dietitians who work full- or part-time.

Patti Landers, PhD, RD, LD, FAND is the program director. Dr. Landers is very experienced and was awarded Professor Emeritus status from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In 17 years at OUHSC, she served as director of the dietetic internship program as well as the didactic and coordinated programs.

Program Completion and Verification Statement

In order to graduate and receive a verification statement, interns must:

  • Complete a minimum of 1212 hours including prior assessed learning (PAL) credit if any

  • Finish all assignments in the curriculum (except any waived for PAL)

  • Meet each ACEND competency for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (CRDNs) one or more times

  • Pass the final exam (or have attempted it three times)

  • Have a zero financial balance


Interns do not return to Tulsa for a graduation ceremony. Within two weeks after the intern meets program completion requirements, the program director issues the verification statement and submits the candidate’s name and email to CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS). The candidate receives an email from REPS to complete demographic information (address, phone, date of birth, mother’s maiden name). Then the program uploads a scan of required documents (DPD and DI verification statements and transcript with highest earned degree posted) and submits to CDR. Information is usually processed quickly and within two weeks the candidate is notified by Pearson Vue how they can schedule the RDN exam. Cost to Pearson Vue is $200. If the candidate fails the exam, they must wait 45 days and pay the fee again before reattempting.


KADDI provides the following to graduates:

  • RDNE/RDE Misuse Policy

  • Name/Address Change Form

  • Exam Preparation – RD

    • 2017 Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates

    • 2017 RDN Study Outline

    • Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, 10th Ed. can be purchased from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ online store (cost $60 and includes a print copy of the 125-question practice exam and two vouchers to use to access the online test)

    • Link to the KADDI Google Drive that has exam review materials written by the program

    • Five dietetic internship verification statements with original signatures

    • Certificate of Completion

    • RDN pin when the graduate notifies the program director that they have passed the exam

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