Registered Dietitian Option

The Registered Dietitian Option at Prairie View A&M University is designed to meet the basic foundation knowledge, skills and competencies required by the Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates of the program who are verified by the program director may apply for entry into Dietetic Internship Program to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians. Upon successful completion of the registration examination students will then become Registered Dietitians.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Prairie View A&M University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Tel: 800-877-1600

For more information on the program, please contact:

Christine Ranieri, MS, RD, LD
DPD Program Director

Lecturer I
Prairie View A&M University
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology
P.O. Box 519, MS2004
Phone: (936) 261-2531

Mission and Goals

The mission of the undergraduate program in Human Nutrition and Food is to provide quality dietetic education that enhances the students’ total development, and provide an avenue toward the eligibility of students becoming registered dietitians.

Students will possess the knowledge and competencies required to enter into dietetic internships, successfully complete graduate nutrition and related programs and enter into entry level positions in the nutrition profession, thus meeting the needs of the residents of Texas and the nation. The degree plan emphasizes the significance of lifelong learning, individual development, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. Graduates are encouraged to utilize their professional preparation and personal potential to improve the health of individuals and families throughout the life cycle.

Prepare competent graduates for entry into dietetic internship programs or other graduate degree programs.

Outcome Measure 1a.
Over a five year period 80% of program graduates will successfully complete the registration exam on the first try.

Outcome Measure 1b.
Within 18 months of DPD completion. 50% of students not applying to DI programs will be accepted into post-graduate programs.

Outcome Measure 1c.
Over a five year period 80% of those applying to DI programs the academic year of completion will be accepted.

Outcome Measure 1d.
Seventy percent of majors who begin the third year in the DPD curriculum will complete program requirements within 150% of time planned for completion.

Outcome Measure 1e.
Over a five year period 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs in the academic year they complete the program.

Add to the cadre of historically under-represented individuals who are successful professionals in their field of study.

Outcome Measure 2a.
Within 18 months of DPD completion, 80% of historically under-represented graduates not applying to either a DI program or a post-graduate program will receive employer ratings of “satisfactory” or better in a nutrition and or food related employment.

Outcome Measure 2b.
80% historically under-represented graduates entering a supervised practice or graduate program will complete all program requirements within 150% of time planned for completion.

Foster quality academic, professional and social development and instill within graduates a commitment to community service.

Outcome Measure 3a.
Over a five year period, students will rate the quality of academic training received in 90% of the program major course requirements as met or exceeded expectations.

Outcome Measure 3b.
Over a five year period, 80% of current students will indicate active involvement in campus clubs and community service activities.

Outcome Measure 3c.
Over a five year period, 50% of graduates will show continued involvement in professional or community service activities.

Outcome Measure 3d.
Over a five period, 80% of graduates will rate their Preparation for the dietetic internship as adequate or above.

Outcome Measure 3e.
Over a five period, 80% of internship directors will rate the preparation of graduates for internship as adequate or above.

Program outcomes data are available on request.

Degree Requirements

Program Entry Requirements

Admission to PVAMU is open to qualified individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin or educationally unrelated handicaps. Academic preparation and motivation to succeed are major criteria for admission to the University and to the Human Nutrition and Food program.

To be accepted into the Registered Dietitian (RD) concentration within the Human Nutrition and Food program in the Department of Human Nutrition and Food, students must be of junior standing and must fulfill the university requirements for successful academic progress toward graduation.

Additionally, students must:

  1. Have and maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 in each program core courses and the major courses in the degree plan/option.
  2. Meet with the Program Coordinator for counseling, review of their transcripts, and advisement on suggested course sequence.
  3. Graduate with at least a 3:0 GPA to receive a verification statement.

Route to Becoming a RD

BS Degree & Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification

Completion of Supervised Practice Hours of at least 1200 clock hours
(Dietetic Internship Verification Needed)

Registration Examination for Dietitians

Registered Dietitian

Core Curriculum 42
Major Requirements
HUNF 1343 Nutrition and Wellness 3
HUSC 1351 Human Sciences Perspectives 1
HUNF 2533 Intermediate Nutrition 3
HUNF 2633 Food Service Systems 3
HUNF 2653 Food Principles and Meal Management 3
HUNF 2663 Food Systems Management 3
HUNF 3613 Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle 3
HUNF 3633 Advanced Nutrition 3
HUNF 3653 Nutrition and Disease 3
HUNF 4303 Human Nutrition and Food Practicum 3
HUNF 4413 or HUNF 4473 Special Topics in Nutrition or Nutrition Counseling 3
HUNF 4603 Physiochemical Aspects of Food 3
HUNF 4613 Research in Nutrition 3
HUNF 4663 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
HUNF 4693 Community Nutrition and Health 3
Support Area Requirements
BIOL 1073 General Microbiology 3
BIOL 1054 Anatomy and Physiology I 1
CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1051 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory I or General Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
COMM 1003 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
MATH 2003 Elementary Statistics 3
MGMT 1013 Introduction to Business 3
Registered Dietician Concentration 21
HUNF 3623 Food Science and Technology 3
HUNF 4673 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
HUSC 3323 Program Planning II 3
CHEM 1021 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 1043 General Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 2033 General Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2032 General Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 4033 Biochemistry 3
Total Hours 120

Verification Letter

Students must successfully complete the Registered Dietitian concentration of the BS in Dietetics degree with a major in Human Nutrition and Food to qualify to receive a verification statement. In addition, students must graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA in major and Support Area Requirements with a grade of “C” or better in each course. In instances where courses are substituted or completed as independent study in the department, the student is required to take and successfully complete an examination covering the relevant knowledge and competencies in those areas. If all of the above criteria are met, the program will issue a verification statement to the student. Verification Statements are issued upon certification of completion of all degree requirements by the registrar’s office. Verification statements will only be issued upon completion of the Registered Dietitian (RD) concentration.

Each student must receive a verification statement to be eligible to apply for entry into supervised practice.

  • Upon completion of the degree requirements, students will be issued a Verification Statement of eligibility which allows them to apply for a Dietetic Internship.
  • The date of the student’s graduation will be the date recorded on the Verification Statement.
  • Verification Statement will be issued within two (2) weeks after the degree is conferred.
  • A graduate of another academic institution who is seeking a verification statement will be requested to present official transcripts of all academic work previously completed.
  • The program director will evaluate the transcripts against the curriculum of the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Prairie View A&M University.
  • Following the evaluation of transcripts, the student will be informed in writing of any deficiencies, and can begin working toward completing this course work in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology at Prairie View A&M University.
  • After completion of the requirements of the Didactic Program curriculum a Verification Statement will be issued.
  • The date recorded on the Verification Statement will be the date the student completed the deficiencies in course work.