The pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist include:
- Completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
- Completion of a dietetic program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
- Receipt of a verification statement from the ACEND accredited dietetics program.
- Completion of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program.
- Passage of the credentialing examination for registered dietitian nutritionist by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
The Texas A&M University (TAMU) Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program that has welcomed interns since 1982. The TAMU DI program has an emphasis in clinical dietetics and offers two options for the applicant to choose from: the Dietetic Internship with the option for graduate credit (DI-GC) and the Non-Degree DI option. The supervised practice component of the Non-Degree DI and DI-GC options run concurrently and share the same rotation sites. This program offers a variety of rotation sites in central Texas area, primarily Temple, Texas. Other supervised practice locations include College Station, Bryan, Houston, Dallas, and Waco, Texas. Supervised practice sites include teaching hospitals, community and extension opportunities, outpatient clinics, consulting and entrepreneurial rotations, and a variety of locations for institutional management experience. (More information on rotation sites found here) The supervised practice begins in August and ends in May of the following year, and will meet the 1200-hour minimum criteria established by ACEND. During these 9 months, the intern will be assigned a variety of professional experiences in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and management/food service management. Successful completion of the internship allows graduates to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
For more information on the individual dietetic internship options:
For other information related to the Texas A&M Dietetic Internship Program:
- Missions, Goals and Program Objectives
- Application Requirements and Procedure
- State Certification or Licensure
- Pre-select Admission Criteria
- Accreditation Status
- Expected Program Calendar
- Program Completion Requirements
- Selection Process
- Frequently Asked Questions
Dietetic Internship Director
Department of Nutrition and Food Science