Students who complete the Texas State University Dietetic Internship are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Completion of the program includes 18 hours of graduate credit, comprised by a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice and three graduate courses. To qualify for program completion, interns must:
- meet all requirements and standards established by and receive a passing grade for each internship graduate course (or receive credit for the course through the Assessment of Prior Learning process);
- complete and meet the standards established for all internship assignments;
- adhere to all policies, procedures, and codes of conduct outlined in the current Policy & Procedures manual; and
- document satisfactory completion of all required practicum hours.Completed hours must be listed on the competency sheets provided by the DI Director and must be verified with a preceptor’s signature. “Satisfactory completion” is defined by: receipt of an overall score of two or higher as indicated on the signed preceptor evaluation form, and receipt of a score of two or higher for each individual competency listed on the signed competency sheet.
Completion of the internship will take approximately 11 months, but all requirements must be completed within 16 months of the first day of rotations.
Upon successful completion of the internship, the DI Director will verify the intern's eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination administered by the CDR and provide the intern with five Verification Statements bearing the original signature of the DI Director. Exam eligibility and verification statements will be processed as soon as possible, but at least within two weeks of completion of the internship. Program graduates must pass the Registration Examination in order to become a Registered Dietitian.