Dietetic Internship Certificate Program

The dietetic internship (DI) at Texas State is a post-graduate non-degree program that fulfills the supervised practice requirements to become a registered dietitian. At the successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the Registration Exam, which is required to become a registered dietitian.

This program incorporates a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice with three graduate courses that address topics related to dietetic practice. The program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their course work to successfully complete the DI. A grade of D or F in any of the graduate classes will result in dismissal from the program.

The Texas State dietetic internship participates in the online application system DICAS for non-Texas State applicants. Information about accessing this system can be found at http://www.eatright.org/CADE/content.aspx?id=186.

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Prospect_Students/Pgms_Apps/TXST_Cert.html#Diet.

Pre-select Option

Each spring, undergraduate and graduate students at Texas State who seek the RD credential can apply to the Texas State dietetic internship using a “pre-select option” instead of using the traditional computer-matching process. M.S. students are eligible to apply using the pre-select option if they have completed at least one term in the M.S. program and will have obtained a Verification Statement from a CADE-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics before the internship begins. Additional information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines can be found online at http://www.fcs.txstate.edu/degrees-programs/nutr/nutr_di.html.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

  • Negative Tb test
  • Negative drug screening urinalysis
  • Criminal background check
  • Immunization for Hepatitis B, mumps, measles, and tetanus

Course Work Requirements

Year 1
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHoursSummerHours
NUTR 53623NUTR 53063NUTR 53633
NUTR 53603NUTR 53603NUTR 53603
 6 6 6
Total Hours: 18

Note: Up to 9 hours of DI course work can be applied to the requirements for completion of the M.S. degree.

Program Completion Requirements

  • Attainment of entry-level performance through completion of approximately 1,240 hours of supervised practice