To become a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RD or RDN), an individual must complete a three-step process:
Baylor University offers a 1248 hour supervised practice program with an inclusive 15 hours of graduate credit and an option of completing a M.S. degree. This program prepares interns for entry level positions in the dietetics profession by providing learning experiences in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, and management. The concentration area offered is in public health nutrition.
Following completion of the dietetic internship program the interns will meet the competencies for the RD/RDN are identified in the 2017 Standards for Nutrition Dietetics Internship Programs as required by ACEND. Upon successful completion of the internship program, the interns are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to sit for the registration examination. Upon passing the RD/RDN registration exam, individuals will be eligible to obtain licensure in Texas. Details available at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/diet/dietapply.htm
Baylor University Dietetic Internship Program is currently granted Candidacy for Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400
The intern is protected from retaliation as a result of filing a complaint related to the dietetic internship program.
Complete information about the Dietetic Internship at Baylor University is available at https://www.baylor.edu/fcs/index.php?id=940864
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: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.
LesLee K. Funderburk Ph.D, RD, CSSD, CSCS