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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Texas Tech University Dietetic Internship is to provide diverse and innovative, supervised experiences that will prepare graduates to perform as entry-level dietitians and make a contribution to the profession, and society as a whole, by utilizing a scientific research based practice.

About our Internship

The Texas Tech Nutritional Sciences Program (NS) offers a Dietetic Internship Program with an optional Master of Science degree. The Dietetic Internship is a 15 month program, consisting of 1248 hours of supervised practice. Our program has a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy. The Texas Tech University Internship Program has an overall first time 5 year average RD pass rate of 89%. Interns matched with our program must register for a total of 21 graduate hours and 15 of those hours will count toward a graduate degree. Students frequently take one or two additional graduate classes per semester along with dietetic internship class if working towards a Master of Science degree. The dietetic internship and graduate coursework consists of a minimum of 40 graduate credit hours (non-thesis option) and 36 graduate credit hours (thesis option).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Dietetic Internship at Texas Tech is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400,  The curriculum is designed to achieve the core competencies necessary for entry level practice. Successful graduates of the program will receive a verification statement which then allows the graduate to take the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.

Dietetic Internship 2013


Site Information

Texas Tech University is pleased to now have three internship sites: 10 intern positions in Lubbock, four intern positions in Amarillo and four intern positions in the Midland Odessa area. All of these locations provide quality internship experiences. An applicant can apply to just one specific location or to all locations. All of these sites are matched during the Spring. Please note major changes to timing of internship rotations beginning with the 2014-15 internship group. The supervised practice and required graduate classes take 14 months to complete before receiving DI verification.

We appreciate your interest in the Dietetic Internship and Masters Degree program at Texas Tech University. As you seek a program to achieve your professional goals, we want to provide you with essential information to help you make the right decision about your supervised practice.

Contact Dietetic Internship

Shelley Fillipp, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Director, Dietetic Internship
Texas Tech University
(806) 742-3068
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock , TX 79409-1240

Internship Facilities

Students are assigned to various facilities for clinical, food service management and community practice. Included are hospitals, community health care clinics and centers. Facilities are located in the South Plains and Panhandle region including Lubbock, Amarillo, Plainview, and Pampa. These rotations enable the student to gain an understanding of the professional role and assume responsibility for applying and evaluating newly acquired competencies.

Examples of case study titles completed by interns in the past two years

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Program Goals

1. The program will prepare interns to be competent for practice as entry-level dietitians.

Outcome Measures
Over a 5 year period, the pass rate for DI graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%

2. The program will provide a learning environment which will foster critical thinking and problem solving skills. Outcome Measures

Outcome Measures

3. The program will support the need for dietetic professionals within the West Texas area.

Outcome Measures

*Outcomes of objectives available upon request.

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Application Process:

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Scholarship Information

If you match with our internship, you will need to very quickly apply to graduate school. Within the application for grad school is a place to apply for scholarships. While some scholarships are given in Feb, there are also some given in June so applying at this time will get you an opportunity for scholarships in this time frame.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program, all applicants must have:

If a DPD verification statement is more than five years old, the student will need to meet current DPD/DI requirements.

The selection committee consisting of faculty and preceptors of the internship, will use a holistic approach when reviewing the following criteria that is available on the DICAS:

Currently the Dietetic Internship Program does not grant credit for prior learning experiences.

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Dietetic Internship Application Instructions

Application to Texas Tech University Graduate School

Submit by April 22, 2014 after you have been matched with the TTU internship. You do not need to apply to the Graduate School before the match. The recommendation letters submitted in your internship application will be used by the NS faculty for consideration and admission into the Graduate School.

Steps to follow after you have matched with the TTU dietetic internship:

  1. Submit the online Graduate School application. Complete scholarship application at the same time.
  2. Pay $50.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to TTU Graduate School
  3. Submit GRE scores (the grad school does not have access to the DICAS system). If you didn't have scores sent to TTU when you took the GRE you will have to arrange to have scores sent(additional fee)
  4. Submit ALL official college transcripts, GRE and application fee to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 41030, Administration Bldg, Room 328
Lubbock, TX 79409
(806) 742-2781
(You will not have to submit your recommendation letters - the internship application packet recommendation letter will be used for those)

NS Graduate program information/contact:
Dr. Debra Reed
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retail Management
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409

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Computer Matching Process

February 15, 2014 Postmark deadline for application packets to TTU and computer matching materials to D & D Digital Systems (see further instructions)
April 6, 2014 Notification Day. Date by which all applicants will be provided their personal matching results from D & D digital Systems via posting on the D & D Internet site at:
April 8, 2014 Appointment Day. Applicants should telephone the Program Director to confirm the acceptance or rejection of the computer match by 5pm CST. A written confirmation is required within one week of appointment day. This can be done by e-mail or mailed directly to:

Shelley Fillipp, MS, RDN, LD
Dietetic Internship Director
Texas Tech University
Dept of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retail Management
PO Box 41240
Lubbock, TX 79409
Phone: 806-742-3068
Fax: 806-742-3042

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Estimated Expenses:

The expenses listed are approximate costs. Actual costs may be more or less than these estimates. These estimated costs are based on just the cost of completing the required components of the internship, not including additional graduate classes. Living expenses are not included.

  Resident Non-Resident  
Tuition & fees for:
NS 5334, Advanced MNT; NS 5330, Introduction to Research, enrollment in internship practicum(NS 5601) for Fall and Summer but only counts once as grad credit, and NS 5311 for final fall internship practicum. This amount of classes will give the student 15 hours that will count toward MS degree. 40 hours are needed for a non-thesis master’s degree if on the internship track.
$9516.00 (estimated) $19,032.00 (estimated) Tuition for graduate non-resident students living in counties adjacent to Texas who are legal residents of Arkansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma enjoy reduced fees. Go to Graduate School for more information on expenses.
Texts and Supplies $300 $300 Per year
Liability Insurance $14.50 $14.50 One-time expense
Criminal Background check $40.00-70.00 $40.00-70.00 One-time expense
The Academy Membership $49.00 $49.00 Annual fee
Lab Coat (1-2) $30-60 $30-60 One-time expense
ID Badge $10.00 $10.00 One-time expense
Texas Academy State Meeting $200-250 $200-250 Estimated expense
Titer Immunity Testing, TB Test Varies Varies  
Some sites may require drug screening Varies Varies  
Transportation Costs Varies Varies 156 days of travel to and from facilities. Must provide your own transportation
DI Policy & Procedure Book $45 $45 One-time expense

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Health Requirements
prior to beginning dietetic internship


Health requirements:

Medical health insurance is necessary. A policy is available on campus if the student does not have prior coverage (see TTU website or following link:

The Texas Tech University School of Medicine operates the Student Health Services for all students of the University. The clinic is located in the Student Wellness Center at 1003 Flint Avenue and provides a walk-in ambulatory service which supplies medical care of the scope expected of a family physician's office. Inpatient medical care is not provided by the Student Health Clinic. When hospitalization is required, one of several excellent hospitals in the community can be utilized.

A total of five days (40 practicum hours) will be allowed for illness or emergency leave. Missed competencies may require additional make up hours. Extended illness may require extension of rotation weeks beyond the announced program completion date.

Professional Dress

Interns are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and conform to the established dress code at all times during the rotations. Dress codes are clarified for each rotation. For the most part, business casual clothing is required along with a white staff coat at some facilities. In some rotations, enclosed shoes are required for health and safety reasons. Flat shoes are highly suggested for all rotations.


A limited city bus system operates in the Lubbock area and Amarillo area.

Transportation to the facilities is the responsibility of the intern. Due to the size of the community and the outlying locations of some of the rotations, a reliable car is necessary to complete the rotations. Students are responsible for the automobile insurance.

Liability Insurance

Interns are required to purchase malpractice insurance before the initiation of the supervised experiences. The director will provide instructions for the purchase of this insurance through a university contract.

Academic Common Market Program

Texas Tech participates in the Academic Common Market, a reciprocal agreement for sharing uncommon curricula.
Ph.D./R.D. students from Kentucky may qualify for resident tuition.

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Financial Assistance

Several avenues of financial assistance are available. Contact the Texas Tech financial aid office (806) 742-0000 for information on grants and loans. You may also visit their website at:

Out of state students who receive scholarships, qualify to pay resident tuition fees. A limited number of graduate part-time assistantships are available to teach or assist faculty in research projects.

Additional departmental scholarship funds may also be available for students. Prospective interns may apply for a scholarship for the year. A scholarship application form is due to the College of Human Sciences by February 1.

Financial assistance may also be sought through:

Texas Dietetic Association Foundation

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Dietetic Association Foundation

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships at TTU

TTU Office of Student Financial Aid

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Housing Information

Many options are available for housing. Information about university housing, including room rates, meal plans, and programs can be accessed at Dormitories are closed during semester breaks.

Off campus housing is plentiful in Lubbock and Amarillo with apartments and rental houses ranging from $500 to $900, depending on size, location, and degree of furnishing. Additional information is available by writing to: Student Association, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 42032, Lubbock, Texas 79409. A guide to apartments and rental units will be sent on request. The Red Tape Cutting Center, located in the University Center, maintains a broad listing of rental, sales and roommate possibilities.

Of Special Note: One bedroom apartments in the Midland/Odessa area are frequently costing $1000-1200 per month and availability is very limited.

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