The pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist include:
- Completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in dietetics at an accredited program in dietetic;
- Receipt of a verification statement from such an accredited program;
- Completion of a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice with an accredited dietetic internship program;
- Passage of the examination for registered dietitians.
The Texas A&M Dietetic Internship Program assists qualified students with completion of the final two steps of this process.
The Texas A&M University (TAMU) Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is an 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
- Dietetic Internship Programs Outcomes
- Selection Process
- Frequently Asked Questions
Department of Nutrition and Food Science
Karen S. Geismar, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
Dietetic Internship Director
373 Olsen Blvd., 2253 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843