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.

The mission of the Prairie View A&M University Dietetics Internship (DI) Program 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
I. Produce competent entry-level dietitians with the skills to practice in a variety of settings.
  • Over a 5 year period, 80% of DI will successfully complete the exam as first test takers.
  • 90% of graduates will rate their level of preparation as satisfactory or better when surveyed.
  • 80% of graduates seeking employment will be successful within 12 months.
II. Promote diversity in the profession by training an ethnically diverse population of students
  • Graduates from the DI will be from a diverse population with at least 25% representing minority population over 5 years.
  • 95% of ethnic minority enrolled in the program will successfully complete the program.
III. Attract retain and graduate qualified students.
  • 95% of interns enrolled in the DI will complete all program requirements within 125% or (45 weeks) of the time planned for completion.
  • 90% of employers will indicate that graduate’s performance is satisfactory or better when surveyed.
  • 90% of students will rate preceptors and faculty as satisfactory or better when evaluated.