Apply for a New Dietitian License

Pre-Application Qualifications

Commission on Dietetic Registration

If you hold a current dietitian registration issued by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), then you have already met the educational, experience, and examination requirements needed to apply for a Texas dietitian license.

If you hold a dietitian registration from CDR, you may skip to the application and fees section of this page.

Other Proof of Qualification

If you do not hold a current dietitian registration from CDR, you may still qualify to apply by meeting the educational, experience, and examination requirements listed below.

Educational Requirements

Applicants for a Texas dietitian license must provide evidence of their educational credentials using one of the two methods outlined below:

Method A: Degree in Nutrition, Food, or Dietetics

Persons applying for a dietitian license may establish their educational credentials by holding a bachelor’s degree (or higher) with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, nutrition education dietetics, or food systems management.

If you are not currently registered by CDR, you must submit official transcripts of all relevant academic credit with your application materials.

Method B: Equivalent Course of Study

If you do not have hold at degree with one of the majors listed above, you may still qualify to apply for a license if you have an equivalent major course of study, defined as either:

  1. A degree that meets the minimum academic requirements to qualify for examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  2. A baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree or course work including a minimum of 30 combined semester hours in the following areas:
    1. 12 semester hours must be specifically designed to train a person to apply and integrate scientific principles of human nutrition under different health, social, cultural, physical, psychological, and economic conditions to the proper nourishment, care, and education of individuals or groups throughout the life cycle
    2. 6 semester hours must be from human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management
    3. 12 semester hours must be from four of the following three-hour courses:
      1. upper-division human nutrition related to disease
      2. upper-division food service systems management
      3. bio- or physiological chemistry, or advanced normal human nutrition
      4. food science
      5. upper-division nutrition education

If you are not currently registered by CDR, you must submit official transcripts of all relevant academic credit with your application materials.

Academic Deficiencies

In the event that you do not meet all the educational requirements required to obtain a license, you will have one year to complete the additional course work before the application will be voided. After an application has been voided, you will be required to re-apply and to pay additional application fees.

Experience Requirements

Applicants must have completed an approved preplanned professional experience program or internship in dietetics practice of not less than 900 hours under the supervision of a licensed dietitian or a registered dietitian.

To show proof of completing the preplanned professional experience program or internship, you must submit along with your application materials a photocopy of the registration card issued by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The registration card must be in active status.

Preplanned Professional Experience Program

A preplanned professional experience program must be approved or recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Internship Program

An internship must be a coordinated undergraduate program in dietetics, or a professional experience program in dietetics approved or recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Examination Requirements

You must pass two examinations before applying for a Texas license:

  1. The Licensed Dietitian Examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  2. The Texas Jurisprudence Examination

For more information on the examination process, please see the dietitian examinations page.


Application and Fees

To apply for a new license, submit a completed application form (apply online or see Dietitian License Application Form PDF) along with the fee of $108.

You must also submit with your application materials:

A dietitian license is valid for two years after the date of issuance and may be renewed biennially.


Fitness of Applicants for Licensure

In determining your fitness for licensure, the department will consider your past ethical behavior as well as your skills and abilities to provide adequate nutrition services.

To this end, the department may request and consider previous evaluations, professional or personal references, transcripts from official hearings, and any other information that may be pertinent to determining the fitness of an applicant.

A complete listing of conditions for denial of licensure can be found in §116.51(d) of the dietitian administrative rules.


Out of State Applicants

Degrees and course work received at foreign colleges and universities shall be acceptable only if such course work could be counted as transfer credit from accredited colleges or universities as reported by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

TDLR asks about criminal history because some criminal history may be grounds for denial or revocation of a license. TDLR's Licensing Division conducts a criminal background check through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on each original license application and each renewal application filed. If the application or the DPS check reveals a conviction that could be a basis for denying the license, the Licensing staff will refer the matter to TDLR's Enforcement Division for further review.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process by which TDLR determines whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.