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Coordinated Program in Dietetics

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Careers in Dietetics 

Minor in Nutrition


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Interested in Becoming a Dietitian?

Make plans to attend the next Dietetics Career Information Session.
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Why Choose UTSA?

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)! Our unique program offers a joint degree, both a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dietetics and Nutrition and a Master of Dietetic Studies (MDS). The combined degrees offer over 1200 clock hours of supervised experiences equivalent to an internship. Students will obtain hours throughout each year of the program, but will obtain the majority in the final year.  The length of the internship is two academic semesters: Fall (August through mid-December) and Spring (mid-January through end of May).

Practicum/Internship components mainly consist of community dietetics, clinical dietetics, and food service management; however, interns will also gain experience in child nutrition, diabetes, nephrology, cancer therapy, bariatrics and culinary nutrition.

Admission to the program is competitive due to the limited number of students we are able to accept per accreditation standards.

Applicants are ranked according to their grade point average (minimum 3.0), work/volunteer experience, and references. Finalists will be invited to participate in a formal interview. Students are admitted to the CPD for the fall semester.

The CPD requires the following for admission:

  • Admission to UTSA as a degree-seeking, Major Pre-Nutrition & Dietetics (PND)
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Submit two reference forms from faculty members and
  • Statement of purpose with your program application

The program is demanding and will require students to manage their time effectively. Undergraduate students in their junior and senior year will attend daily classes and will begin to obtain practicum hours off-site.  Graduate students in their final year will take graduate level courses on Monday and will work in off-site facilities Tuesday through Friday (32 hours per week).  

  • Additional program related expenses: 
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Hepatitis B immunization    
  • TB testing 
  • Flu Shot
  • Criminal background check
  • Student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Student membership in the Dietetic Student Association
  • Transportation to supervised practice sites (gas)
  • Transportation to professional meetings and/or volunteer opportunities (gas)
  • Lab coat for clinical rotations
  •  Drug Screening-  varies*

Transportation expenses vary depending on assigned practice locations, cost of gas and parking passes. Some rotations will require students to travel longer distances to rural and surrounding counties. Each student should have his or her own car or, at least, access to one. Liability for safety in travel to and from assigned rotation sites will rest on the individual dietetic intern. *Multiple drug screenings may be required depending on placement sites. 

Dietetic Internship students may choose to live in University housing or in a variety of off-campus sites. Please contact UTSA Student Housing for more information. 

Degree Information Sheet: /DEGREES/article/bachelor_of_science_degree_in_nutrition_and_dietetics/

Transfer Degree Plans @

For additional program related questions email or UTSA Academic Advising Life & Health Sciences Advising Center

Interested in Becoming a Registered Dietitian?

June 15th is the final deadline to apply ( Domestic Applicant - all required items are due) to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics! 

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Application Review and Interview Timeline:

Schedule for applicants who met the first priority deadline of March 15th:  

  • April-Application under review
  • Week of May 15th-Interviews (by invitation only)
  • By May 26th decision letter will be mailed out. 

Schedule for applicants for the June 15th final deadline:  

  • Week of June 19th-Interviews (by invitation only)
  • By June 30th decision letter will be mailed out.


Words cannot express our deep appreciation to the many Registered Dietitians/Nutritionist and Health Professionals in the San Antonio and surrounding areas for their continuous support and commitment to mentoring our dietetic students. 

Thank you for your willingness to be a preceptor for UTSA Dietetic Interns!

What our interns say about their preceptors:

  • AMAZING preceptors that give me their time to help me learn and succeed”, intern at Methodist Transplant and Specialty Hospital.
  • She encouraged independent work, but was always available for any questions, concerns or issues”, intern at Methodist Hospital.  
  • “She was a great mentor and always offered a lot of insightful and useful advice,” intern at Texas ArgLife Extension Services.
  • “It was such a good opportunity to have a NICU and Pedi rotation. All the RD’s were invested in my learning progress”, intern at University Hospital.

Training and Professional Development

  • CDR’s Online Campus offers continuing professional education activities for Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians Registered @

If you are interested in becoming a preceptor, please email Dr. Liset Vasquez @


What are the career opportunities for dietitians?

Dietitians are employed by healthcare facilities such as hospitals, long-­­term care facilities, and clinics; sports, wellness and fitness centers; foodservice operations, industry, pharmaceutical and food companies; community programs; government agencies, private practice, and professional health organizations. Their jobs may include offering one-­­on-­­one counseling, group education, and assessment of the nutritional needs in an effort to promote health, prevent diseases and treat diseases using medical nutrition therapy. Some dietitians focus on the business aspects of the profession working in food service operations and management at schools, colleges, hospitals, or day-­­care facilities. Others become entrepreneurs redefining their roles in the media, marketing, consumer affairs, and product development. You will also see nutrition and dietetics professionals teaching in culinary schools, community colleges, universities, and conducting research with food and pharmaceutical companies and other organizations.

What is the Job Outlook and Salary range for dietitians?  

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (, job opportunities for dietitians are expected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is related to the concern and emphasis on disease prevention, the aging of the population, and consumer interest in nutrition. The fastest growth for employment opportunities are anticipated in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and physician clinics, with smaller growth in hospitals due to cost containment and shorter hospital stay.

Salary Range

In a survey conducted by the Academy in 2009, it was reported that half of all RDNs in the US who have been working in the field for five years or less earn $51,100 to $62,200 per year. Salaries and fees vary by region of the country, employment settings, scope of responsibility and supply of RDNs. RDNs in management and business, can earn incomes of $85,000 to $88,000.

For more information on a career in Dietetics, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics@


The Minor in Nutrition is open to Biology, Health, and Kinesiology majors. To declare a Minor in Nutrition or obtain advice, students should consult their undergraduate advisor. All students pursuing the minor must complete a minimum of 18 semester credit hours in Nutrition and Dietetics (NDT) courses. It should be noted that students seeking a minor must also complete applicable support coursework in biology and chemistry as needed to fulfill the normal prerequisites for any course listed below. All NDT courses and their prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better, with the exception of NDT 2043 which must be completed with a grade of “B-” or better.  Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor. Required courses list @


Dr. Vasquez, RDN, LD, CHES

Dietetic Program Director | Senior Lecturer

Dr. Sarah Ullevig, RDN, LD

Assistant Professor

Ms. Vanessa Estrada, MS RDN, LD, Lecturer 1

Ms. Traci Keck, MS, RDN, LD, Lecturer 1

Ms. Debra Rice, MS, RDN, LD, Lecturer 1

Ms. Kay Vavrina, MS, RDN, LD, Lecturer 1

Ms. Rebecca Morales, MS, RDN, LD, Lecturer 1


Dr. Liset Leal Vasquez, RDN, LD, CHES

Dietetic Program Director & Senior Lecturer
Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249

  • Office: MB 3.402
  • Phone: 210-458-8199
  • Fax: 210-458-5873


The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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