Dietetics and Nutrition
Dietitian

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Salary: $35,533 - $54,843
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Hourly: $17.14 - $29.21
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Outlook: 2 Stars
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Length of Training: 4-6 years
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Length of Training/Requirements
There are two education paths to become a registered dietitian (RD). A Coordinated Program (CP) is a bachelor’s or master’s degree program that combines classroom and supervised practical experience and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Upon completion of this program the student is eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam. The other path is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), an academic program providing at least a bachelor’s degree, which is also approved by the Commission to become credentialed as an RD. Upon completion of the DPD and Bachelor’s Degree, an internship must be completed in order to take the Registered Dietitian exam.

Licensure/Certification

Graduates of either a CP or DPD program and internship that is a Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education (CAADE) approved program are eligible to take a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to become RDs. Licensure varies from state to state, but most states automatically grant licensure to Registered Dietitians. In Texas a Licensed Dietitian (LD) is granted through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians. Their website is www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc


Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Abilene Christian University Abilene B
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Baylor University Waco B,M
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Lamar University Beaumont B
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Sam Houston State University Huntsville B,M
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Tarrant County College: Trinity River East Campus Fort Worth C,A
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville Kingsville B
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Texas Christian University Fort Worth B
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Texas Southern University Houston B
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Texas Tech University Lubbock B,M,D
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Texas Woman's University Denton B,M,D
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio B,M
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The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg B
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The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas B
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University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio B,M
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate