Dietetic Internship

Our program boasts an 89 percent pass rate on the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) for the past five years.

The Baylor Scott & White Health Dietetic Intership Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Our 10-month training program includes a clinical/nutrition therapy concentration area for individuals who have met the academic requirements of the ACEND. We also offer an option six hours of graduate credit through Texas Woman's University upon complation of the internship.

We accept 12 dietetic interns each year.

Individuals completing the internship program requirements meet the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) eligibility requirements to take the Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) examination. A practice license, if required in the state of practice, can then be obtained upon receiving the RDN credential. More information regarding state licensure requirements may be found on the CDR website here.


Our staff of clinical dietitians and technicians provides nutrition care for patients in the areas of diabetes, oncology, gastrointestinal disease, organ transplant, renal diseases, cardiology, obesity, maternal nutrition, neonatology, pediatrics, rehabilitation and geriatrics. Each intern is provided with educational opportunities in all of these areas.

The staff of dietitians and foodservice managers is dedicated to providing high-quality meals to our customers. Food service is provided to the hospitalized patient, the cafe patron and the client who desires a catered event.

Interns are provided with experiences in:

  • Food production
  • Employee supervision
  • Product development
  • Quality improvement
  • Catering
  • Marketing
  • Management information systems
  • Procurement
  • Patient services

This program is designed to graduate students who have become entry-level professionals and who possess an advanced knowledge base, professional skills and the ability to think independently.

Our internship has four primary goals and six competencies related to the clinical nutrition therapy concentration.

Our Primary Goals

To prepare graduates to be competent, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists  

  • Ninety-five percent of the students admitted to the DI will complete the program within 15 months of beginning the program (by October of the following year).
  • Ninety percent of program graduates who are expected to take the CDR credentialing exam for RDNs will take it within 12 months of program completion
  • Eighty percent of graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for RDNs within one year following first attempt
  • Ninety-five percent of graduates will rate themselves "at or above" entry level 10-12 months after employment when compared with dietitians who have graduated from other dietetic internship programs.
  • Ninety-five percent of employers indicate satisfaction with graduates' preparation for entry-level by responding to a survey and rating graduates "at or above" entry level 10-12 months after employment when compared with dietitians who have graduated from other dietetic internship programs.

To generate qualified registered dietitian nutritionists for employment in the field of dietetics

  • Eighty percent of graduates are expected to be employed in nutrition and dietetics related fields within 12 months of graduation

To prepare graduates who demonstrate professionalism and continued learning

  • Greater than or equal to ninety percent of employers responding to a survey rate graduates as satisfactory or better for professional competence
  • Eighty percent of graduates responding to a survey are members of professional organizations

To prepare graduates who demonstrate a commitment to community service

  • Fifty percent of graduates responding to a survey are involved in community service

Clinical/Nutrition Therapy Concentration Objectives       

  • Develop a foundation which fosters expertise in comprehensive nutrition care to diverse populations in a variety of settings, including neonates, children with special needs and transplant recipients. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of nutrition-focused physical assessment within complex populations including critically ill, transplant recipients, and children with special needs. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect measurable data, analyze research and document outcomes in the practice setting. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate and analyze research results for a question related to nutrition therapy for a specific condition. 
  • Demonstrate a higher level of understanding of risks and benefits associated with enteral and parenteral nutrition therapies in specific conditions. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the registered dietitian nutritionist in advanced practice skills, i.e. nutrition order writing and feeding tube placement.

Our internship program provides training in clinical, administrative and community dietetics. Each intern receives individualized training and is taught through one-on-one training relationships with our faculty. Classes taught by physicians, dietitians, department managers and guest speakers are scheduled throughout the year to augment the intern's current knowledge and prepare the intern for hands-on experiences.

All 12 interns spend time at Baylor Dallas, as well as travel to other Baylor Scott & White facilities surrounding the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. One intern is matched with Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, and one intern is matched to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano to complete approximately 8-12 weeks of rotations. Interns completing rotations at these locations complete the same curriculum as interns matched to the Baylor Dallas campus. 

Clinical Dietetics

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes/Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Liver disease
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition support-enteral/parenteral nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Outpatient counseling
  • Organ transplantation
  • Pediatric specialized programs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal disease
  • Trauma

Community Rotations

  • Central admixture pharmacy  
  • Executive wellness
  • Dental
  • Dialysis
  • Home infusion therapy
  • Eating disorders
  • School food service
  • WIC

Weekends and Holidays

All interns are scheduled time off at the same time. Interns are expected to work some holidays. Holidays and days off are noted in the annual program calendar.

Rotations are not routinely scheduled on weekends; however, there may be rare exceptions based on special events and opportunities.

Travel Requirements

Transportation and fuel expenses to off-campus facilities for educational purposes are the interns' responsibility.

Some rotations are located in the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area and require a commute (maximum approximately 30 miles-subject to change). Public transportation will not be feasible for all rotation sites.

The program does not give consideration to the intern’s residential address when scheduling assignments to off-campus facilities.

We require all interns to be involved in research and presentations as well as other projects as assigned in specific rotations.


  • One-hour Journal Club presentation with discussion and critique of journal article related to a research topic
  • Two chart presentations based on patient cases seen during rotations


  • Professional presentation of research outcomes
  • Written paper of research project
  • Participation in National Nutrition Month activities

Why We Love the Program

Don't just take our word for it. Hear from some of our recent graduates to learn more about the Baylor Scott & White difference.

"Not only has this internship provided me with the skill sets necessary to confidently begin my career in dietetics, it has inspired me to be the best dietitian that I can be. The knowledge and experience each preceptor shared has challenged me to actively continue to learn and develop as a young professional. Through nutrition I have the capacity to shape lives which I think is truly amazing and extremely fulfilling."

Mary Rose Bottcher, 2017 graduate

"The dietetic internship indeed exceeded my expectations; it was a demanding and challenging ten months, but at the same time rewarding every minute of it. I got to experience what dietetics is and our role as health professional in a wide range of settings. Most importantly, I had the chance to act as a dietitian, independently and hands-on. Preceptors are extremely knowledgeable and encourage interns to get out of their comfort zone and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I feel confident and prepared to succeed in anything I do in the field of dietetics."

Marcela Lacayo, 2017 graduate

"Our internship director, coordinator, preceptors and fellow interns far exceeded my expectations of this program. The constant challenge and motivation from those around me truly made me a better intern and helped shape the future of my career. I have never felt more confident moving into the next chapter of my life of becoming a registered dietitian, and it's all thanks to Baylor Scott & White Health."

Lauren Pittman, 2017 graduate

How to Apply

We use the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) to accept applications, transcripts and other supporting application materials.

Visit DICAS to apply

Our program assigns interns to three Baylor Scott & White Health medical centers within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. To indicate a preference, please complete the primary site preference form.

Please send the form along with the $75 application fee via check or money order made out to Baylor University Medical Center to:

Baylor Unversity Medical Center
Dietetic Internship/Nutrition Services
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must have a Bachelor's degree and have completed an ACEND-approved didactic program in dietetics by the program start date. We prefer the coursework to have been completed within the last five years; however, candidates with recent relevant work experience will be considered.

Applicants must also submit:

  • Personal statement that addresses the following questions:
    • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession?
    • What are some experiences that have helped to prepare you for your career?
    • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?
    • What is your reason(s) for wanting to come to Baylor Scott & White?
  • Reference letters two professors in food and nutrition and one current/recent employer
  • School transcripts
    • Overall GPA must be above 3.0
    • Dietetic and nutrition-related coursework GPA must be above 3.0
  • Activities demonstrating leadership and ability to work well with people
  • Foodservice and/or hospital work experience

Final acceptance is contingent on:

    • Submission of a Verification Statement of Completion of Academic requirements within 30 days of the start date of the program
    • Successful completion of Baylor Scott & White Health's physical, drug screen (including nicotine) and background check (going back 10 years) per Baylor Scott & White policy. Any adverse findings may result in candidate being denied final acceptance in the Dietetic Internship Program.
    • Proof of insurance. Health insurance is required of all students. Students must acquire insurance on their own. Proof of automobile liability insurance for travel is required of all students. Professional liability insurance can be obtained for one year. Information regarding where the professional liability insurance can be obtained will be provided prior to the internship. 

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Financial Information

Estimated Expenses

Academy membership $58
DICAS application fee $45
Match fee $55
Internship application fee $75
Internship tuition $8,000
Registration exam (following completation of program) $200
Graduate credits (optional) In-state $1,460/Out-of-state $3,800
Books $50-$100
Liability insurance $24
Total cost $8,507-$12,357

Please note that all expenses are estimates only and do not include cost of living, travel and optional study resources.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance through Texas Woman's University may be available to those seeking graduate education credit. TWU requires six hours credit each semester (three hours through internship and a three-hour course through TWU) in order to qualify.

For more information, please write:

Department of Nutrition and Food Service
Texas Woman's University
PO Box 24134
Denton, TX 76204


Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will have the opportunity to apply for the Boone Powell Sr. Scholarship.

In addition, other scholarships may be available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the intern's state dietetic association.

Learn more about available scholarships.

Contact Us

Susan Roberts, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC
Phone: 214.820.6751
Fax: 214.820.4096

Dietetic Internship
Baylor University Medical Center
3500 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246

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