Dietetics Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is offered through the Department of Agriculture Nutrition and Human Ecology at Prairie View A&M University. The program is based on accreditation standards established by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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The non-degree dietetic internship consists of 1240 hours of supervised practice and 18 semester credit hours of graduate courses completed over the fall and spring semesters.  Students register for 9 graduate credit hours in the fall semesters.

Students who successfully complete the internship will be verified for eligibility to write the Registration Examination leading to credentialing as a registered dietitian (RD).

For information regarding the dietetic internship program please contact:

Dr. Sharon McWhinney
Professor & Internship Director
Tel: (936) 261-2510 | Fax: (936) 261-2501
Prairie View A&M University
Box 519; Mail Stop 2004


Prairie View A&M University is a state-assisted, public, comprehensive land grant institution of higher education. The university was designated in a 1984 amendment to the Texas Constitution as an “institution of the first class.” It is dedicated to achieving excellence and relevance in teaching, research and service. It seeks to invest in program and services that address issues and challenges affecting the diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population of Texas and the larger society including the global arena. The university seeks to provide a high quality educational experience for students who, upon completion of bachelors, masters, or doctorate degrees, possess self-sufficiency and professional competences. The experience is imbued by the institution’s values including, but not limited to, access and quality, accountability, diversity, leadership, relevance, and social responsibility.

Prairie View A&M University Dietetics Internship (DI) Program Mission is to provide excellent supervised practice experience and high quality education that will provide students with the necessary education and professional competencies essential to entry level dietetic practitioners.

DI Goals & Outcome Measures

The goals of the Prairie View A&M University Dietetic Internship Program are as follows:

Goal Outcome Measures
Goal 1. Produce competent entry level dietitians with the skills to practice in a variety of settings.
  1. Eighty percent (80%) of program graduates take the CRD credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  2. The program’s one year pass rate for graduates who pass the exam within one year of first attempt on the CRD credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  3. At least 80% of employers responding to a survey will indicate graduates are prepared for entry level practice.
Goal 2. Attract, retain and graduate a cadre of diverse population of students.
  1. Graduates from the DI will be from a diverse population with at least 25% representing minority population over 5 years.At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 45 weeks (150% of the program length).
  2. At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 57 weeks (150% of the program length).
  3. Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Program outcomes

Program outcomes data are available upon request from the Dietetic Internship Director:
Sharon McWhinney, Ph.D., RD, LD.
Human Nutrition & Dietetics
Prairie View A&M University
Box 519; Mail Stop 2004
Prairie View, TX 77446
Main Office: (936) 261-2505
Voice: (936) 261-2510
Fax: (936)261-2501