Dietetic Internship


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When you complete a Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics with a Bachelor’s or Graduate Degree, a dietetic internship program and the Registration Examination for Dietitians, you qualify to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This internship program prepares you for careers in a variety of settings such as hospitals, health care agencies, food industries, schools and private practice.

The Lamar University Internship Program in Nutrition & Dietetics offers an 11-month (August to July) accredited program for up to 10 students. The program emphasizes nutrition education and counseling and requires you to complete a minimum of 1200 hours (38 weeks). Upon satisfactory completion of the internship program requirements, you become eligible to take the Registration Exam for Dietitians Nutritionists and become an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Additionally, once you are a qualified RDN, you are eligible to take the Texas Jurisprudence Exam and apply to become a Texas Licensed Dietitian. Regulations and requirements may vary from state-to-state; more information is available here.

*The Internship Program in Nutrition & Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at Lamar University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Find out more information about state licensure requirements here.

Read more information about educational pathways to become a RDN.