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How To Become a Registered Dietitian

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Students can earn a verification statement at the graduate level.
  • The first step in becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) is to earn a verification statement (VS) from an accredited program. A VS can currently be earned at the undergraduate or graduate level but soon, all RDs will be required to have Master’s degrees so it is to your advantage to earn your MS at the same time you earn your RD. This can be done in the Master’s Program in Human Nutrition at Texas State University.
  • A VS is a document indicating you have completed the course content required by ACEND. A sample of a VS and a video explaining the VS are available.
  • Note that all the science courses you take for admission to our graduate program count towards your VS.
  • Once admitted to the Master’s Program in Human Nutrition at Texas State University, you will meet with the Didactic Program Director to determine the courses you need to complete your VS. Most of these courses can be taken at the graduate level, allowing you to earn your MS and VS at the same time.
  • Once you have completed your VS you are eligible to apply for any Dietetic Internship in the United States. Texas State University has its own Dietetic Internship. Dietetic Internships are typically 10-month unpaid, full-time internships.
  • Masters in our Nutrition graduate program have preference for slots in our Dietetic Internship. For more information on our dietetic internship please visit:
  • Upon completion of your Dietetic Internship, you must take and pass the CDR registration examination for dietitians to earn the RD credential.  Our program has a greater than 92% first-time pass rate.