OLD Dietetics
October 21, 2016

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Coordinated Program, a grade point average of a least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and seventy-two (72) semester hours of college credit are required.

Once admitted into the Dietetics program, students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all DIET courses. For progression through the program, students must complete all DIET courses (lectures, lab, and practicums) with a minimum grade of "C" or better and a minimum grade of "satisfactory" on performance evaluations on practicum courses. Grade of "C" is defined as 75-79.9% of maximum possible points.

The deadline for the application is the LAST MONDAY IN MARCH. Applications, instructions, and materials are available at the Dietetics Office or you may also download the application information from our web site.

Students seeking admission in the Dietetics Program must provide the following information by the LAST MONDAY IN MARCH:

A Written Letter from the applicant regarding her/his professional philosophy and reasons for interests in the Dietetics Program, participation in activities in her/his home community, during college, and any other relevant information.

  1. Three letters of recommendations: two must be from college course instructors.

    Do not request letters from Dietetics faculty.
  2. A current unofficial transcript from each college or university attended. An official transcript will be required to be submitted during the first semester in the program to prove that all prerequisites have been completed. Failure to do so will cause dismissal from the program.
  3. The transcript should reveal a minimum of 2.7 grade point average. All of the science and non-science prerequisites should be completed before entry into the Dietetics Program.
  4. A minimum grade of "C" is required for ENGL. 1301, 1302, MATH 2330 and all science courses.
  5. Minimum of 80 hours of work related experience either volunteer or paid in the area of Dietetics or Food Service prior to entrance into the Dietetics Program. This must be documented and verified by the applicant’s employer.
  6. A minimum grade of "B" is required for DIET 2351 and 2352, the dietetic core degree plan courses.
  7. Admission Interview conducted by a panel of faculty/staff/members.
  8. A pre-interview test which includes questions on all sciences, stat, economics, management, introduction to clinical nutrition, meal prep and medical terminology.
  9. Letter of intent.

Application materials will be reviewed and each applicant meeting qualifications will be scheduled for a personal individual interview with members of the selection committee.  Written notification of the decision of the committee will be mailed to all applicants no later than July 15.  Applicant accepting an offer of admission to the Coordinated Program must respond in writing by July 30.  A rating system based on a cumulative score will be used in the selection process. Points will be accumulated according to the following:

  1. Grade point average overall
  2. Grade point average; Science courses
  3. Evaluation of selected references
  4. Results of interview with Admission Committee/ Pre interview test
  5. Letter of Intent

Program Goals and Outcomes:  CPD strives to:

1.  Prepare competent entry-level Registered Dietitians to serve the Rio Grande Valley and other areas of the country with large Hispanic populations.

  • Students completing the CPD will earn a passing score the first time they take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Students entering the CPD will complete the program
  • CPD graduates will be employed in the dietetics related settings in food service, clinical or community nutrition within 12 months of graduation.
  • CPD graduates will rate their level of preparation as "satisfactory" or higher (3 or above on a 5 point scale).
  • Employers of CPD graduates will rate their preparation as "satisfactory" or higher (3 or above on a 5 point scale).

2.  Prepare program graduates for graduate level study and for employment in food and nutrition related fields.

  • Some CPD graduates will be enrolled in graduate programs.

3.  Develop professionals who are committed to lifelong learning in a wellness oriented lifestyle.

  • CPD graduates will express their commitment to lifelong learning in a wellness oriented lifestyle.


Student Learning Outcomes - By the end of the program, the graduates should

1.  Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively

2.  Demonstrate the ability to achieve goals in working as a team

3.  Achieve entry-level competence in clinical dietetics

4.  Achieve entry-level competence in food services management

5.  Achieve entry-level competence in community dietetics

6. Achieve entry-level competence in understanding research


Proceed to how to Apply for the Dietetics Program.

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