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Click here for the most up to date information on Accredited Dietetics Education Programs and ‘How to Become an RD.

The DPD provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor's or graduate degree. Graduates of CADE-accredited programs who are verified by the program director may apply for Dietetic Internships to establish eligibility to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

DPD Programs in South Carolina


Clemson University
Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences
223 Poole Agricultural Center
Box 340316
Clemson, SC 29634-0316
 Ms. Rita M Haliena MS RD
 Fax: (864)656-0331
South Carolina State University
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Room 220 Staley Hall
300 College Street NE
P.O. Box 7657
Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001
 Ms. Kimberely A McClain MS RD LD
 Fax: (803)533-3628
Rock Hill
Winthrop University
Department of Human Nutrition
302 Dalton Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733
 Ms. Christine H Goodner MS RD
 Fax: (803)323-2254
To apply to an internship, individuals must complete at least a bachelor's degree and ACEND-accredited coursework requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics). Currently all DIs must provide at least 1200 hours of supervised practice. This is usually completed in 8-24 months depending on the availability of a part-time schedule or requirement of graduate credit. Individuals completing the program who are verified by the program director are eligible to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.
Appointments to DIs are awarded on a competitive basis and most use a national computer matching process. Programs not participating in computer matching accept applications only from individuals employed by the sponsoring organization. Prospective applicants must contact program directors for current information, including application deadline dates. Programs will provide application forms and detailed information on program requirements, tuition, and financial aid upon request.
Dietetic Internship Programs in South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
Digestive Disease Center
25 Courtenay ART 7100A
MSC 290
Charleston, SC 29425-2900
Ms. Kelley L Martin RD MPH
Fax: (843)876-4718
South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control
1751 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Ms. Sandra H Spann MS RD
Fax: (803)898-0445
Rock Hill
Winthrop University
Department of Human Nutrition
302 Dalton Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Ms. Judy H Thomas MS RD
Fax: (803)323-2254
Where to start if you already have a degree
If you already have a bachelor’s degree that is not in dietetics and are interested in becoming a registered dietitian, you should have your college transcript evaluated by a director of a dietetics program accredited or approved by ACEND. Because the policies, procedures and costs for the transcript evaluation may vary from one institution to another, you may want to contact more than one dietetics program for further information.
The program director will evaluate your previous academic preparation and identify the courses that you will need to complete at that school to meet the educational requirements for dietetic registration. It may be possible to complete the required dietetics coursework while enrolled in a graduate program. The dietetics program director can advise you of your options. Once the required coursework is completed, you are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.