Competition for DI programs is intense and comparable to applying to other allied health professional school programs. While the most recently documented statistics on the ACEND website report a 50% national match rate, Texas A&M University Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 DI match rate was 97% (as seen in the table below).
|Year of Graduation||Total Matched Graduates||> 3.5||3.49-3.3||3.29-3.0||2.99-2.0|
|Prior to August 2017||2||0||1||0||1|
|Totals||28 (97%)||10 (36%)||14 (39%)||13 (46%)||0|
Texas A&M dietetics (DPD) program offers hands-on and relevant experiences to our students through activities within and outside of the classroom. These opportunities provide a more in-depth exposure to nutrition and dietetics that enhances learning and better prepares students for their dietetic internship and careers in the dietetic profession.
Texas A&M’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which prepares graduates for a dietetic internship, which is required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Texas A&M University DPD offers strong science and pre-med curriculum which elevates students. Here are some notable nutrition courses our program offers:
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) students can study abroad internationally and through Study Abroad Texas. Departmental study abroad experiences include summer experiences in Italy and Brazil. The Texas A&M University Study Abroad office also offers many international opportunities.
Study Abroad Texas is a zero credit high impact learning experience for Texas A&M University DPD undergraduates in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The activities included will enable students to explore various cultures and life experiences, provide an opportunity to apply “in-class” discussions to “real-life” experiences, contribute to the community through “hands-on” experiences and allow for the creation of professional networks.
Nutrition and Dietetic Association (NDA): All student members are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students have the opportunity to engage with local dietitians at regional and area meetings.
Texas Student Dietetic Association (TSDA): The student branch of the Texas Academy. TSDA provides an excellent opportunity to network with fellow DPD students and serve at the state level.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy): All DPD students are student members of the Academy and Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students are invited and encouraged to attend and network with local dietitians at area, regional and state meetings.
Operation Lone Star
DPD students have the opportunity to join with medical, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology and public health students in participating in Operation Lone Star (OLS). OLS is an annual emergency preparedness exercise that provides free medical services to uninsured persons in South Texas and helps these communities prepare for disasters. DPD students provide basic nutrition guidance to community members under supervision of a RDN. Learn more about OLS here.
Community Health Fair
The first fall family festival for WIC, prenatal clinic clients, and community members was in October 2018. This was an interprofessional experience including nutrition, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology and public health students! The plan is for this to become an annual event.
Students interested in gaining research experience have the opportunity to work with some of our distinguished research faculty. The Nutrition and Food Science faculty conduct research on topics related to socioeconomic disparities, cancer, phytochemicals, gut microbiome, and even neurology. Texas A&M DPD students can enroll for undergraduate research (NFSC 485) or Directed Research (NFSC 491) to work with some of these researchers in their laboratory, helping to prepare the student for a dietetic internship and graduate school.
For resources on employment opportunities and high impact learning experiences see the DPD Handbook.
An exclusive program for students to gain a deeper insight in specific topic areas of nutrition interests, experience a different approach to learning and be more competitive for admission to professional schools, graduate schools, dietetic internships, scholarships, and employment.
DPD students are encouraged to take leadership roles by running for office for professional organizations such as NDA and TSDA, leading in other organizations, serving as team leaders and/or leading groups in volunteer and employment environments.
Dietetic Internship (DI) Preparation Workshop and DI Fair
Two DPD students are selected annually to organize, coordinate and lead the planning
committees for the DI Preparation Workshop and DI Fair. DPD students have the opportunity to lead and participate in committees that together plan, organize and implement this event for Texas A&M DPD students and DPD students across Texas.
DPD Accreditation Advisory Committee Student Members
The DPD Accreditation Advisory Committee provides guidance to Karen Beathard, DPD Director. The committee is comprised of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, faculty, graduate students/DI interns, and a junior and senior DPD student. A junior DPD student is selected annually based on a committee selection process and serves a two-year term. The primary role of the student members are to provide peer feedback and guidance regarding the DPD program.
Faculty with Industry Experience
Our faculty includes Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs); many have industry experience in clinical dietetics or food service management and are active in the dietetic profession. As RDNs, they offer a perspective on their teaching that facilitates learning and engagement in the dietetic profession. They are also available to help guide and counsel students throughout their academic career on their way to pursing a dietetic internship and a successful career as a RDN. Many of the same teachers that enrich the minds of our students also spend much time and effort researching the latest topics in their respected field of nutrition.
Exclusive meeting for students who want to be in the DPD program that provides all the eligibility requirements and guidance for success in matching a DI program.
Texas A&M University DPD E-campus Website
This website includes relevant DPD and DI program forms and information and is exclusively for DPD students. DPD students who do not appear to have access to this website should email Karen Beathard, DPD Director at email@example.com.
Texas A&M University DI Preparation Workshop and DI Fair
The DI Preparation Workshop and DI Fair is an annual event planned for students preparing to apply to DI programs. It is generally scheduled early in the fall semester. Workshop participation is open to all DPD students.
Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice Experience
The original Applicant Guide to Supervised Practice Experience publication is a resource that includes an information sheet on each DI program and is one of the best resources to use to learn more about individual DI programs. This publication is available for viewing in the NFSC advising office and on the NFSC web site at https://nfs.tamu.edu/students/dpd-program.
An annually updated handbook that provides detailed information for application and match to a DI Program.