Registered Dietitian Option

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

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 Dr. Beverly Copeland at (936) 261-5017 or bmcopeland@pvamu.edu.

Degree Requirements

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.