The Texas State University Dietetic Internship prepares the next leaders in nutrition through rigorous course work and unique rotations. We focus on serving the diverse clients in our region and reinforce interns' cultural competency and Spanish language skills.
Our graduate-level, ACEND accredited program incorporates over 1200 hours of supervised practice with four graduate courses, resulting in a total of 18 hours of graduate credit. Program graduates are qualified to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Graduate hours may be credited toward the Master of Science in Human Nutrition at Texas State with approval from the MS Program Coordinator and the Graduate College. Actual credits applied to the MS in Human Nutrition vary depending on timing of enrollment and completion of a thesis, among other factors. Click here for more information on how to combine the MS in Human Nutrition and the DI.
The dietetic internship is an 11-month experience featuring practicum rotations focused on clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and business/management. Clinical rotations are completed in hospitals throughout Central Texas, including the Seton Healthcare Family, Central Texas Medical Center, and Resolute Health Hospital.
Community nutrition rotations focus on program evaluation and are completed through a variety of partners, including Meals on Wheels of Central Texas, Urban Roots, the Sustainable Food Center, and Head Start of Hays County.
Business/management rotations include experiences in hospital and school food service, private practice, and sales and industry. A specialty rotation at the American Botanical Council focuses on functional foods.
Many of our supervised practice rotations focus on food security, and specific competencies related to food security assessment and food banking are achieved through rotations at the San Antonio Food Bank, the Central Texas Food Bank, and with the Texas State Food Security Learning Community.
Over the last five years:
100% of alumni
have found jobs in the field within one year of graduation.
97.7% of alumni
have passed the registration exam within one year of their first attempt.
In addition to supervised practice, interns complete the following graduate courses:
NUTR 5306 Advances in Child Nutrition
NUTR 5362 Advanced MNT
NUTR 5363 Advanced Community Nutrition
SPN 5322 Spanish for Nutrition Professionals
The Texas State Dietetic Internship program concentrates on pediatric nutrition, and this program concentration informs many internship experiences, from supervised practice to graduate courses.
In order to gain proficiency with the pediatric population, each intern completes a three-week clinical rotation focused on pediatrics. Rotation sites include Dell Children's Medical Center, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St. David's Medical Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Austin's First Steps high risk follow up clinic, and Mom's Place lactation support center. Additional pediatric outpatient counseling rotations are completed through the Dell Children's 'Specially for Children clinics, and CommUnityCare Health Centers. All interns gain experience with maternal and child health through rotations at City of Austin WIC clinics, the State of Texas Department of Health and Human Services WIC program, and the Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin. Finally, interns who are particularly interested in working with the pediatric population can choose specialty rotations focused on eating disorders, pediatric weight management, or community nutrition/youth development.