Becoming A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met certain academic and professional requirements. To become an RDN, you must:

  1. Earn a minimum of.a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  2. Complete the required dietetics coursework at a program that has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  3. Obtain a verification statement. All students who plan to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program / dietetic internship, a Future Practice Model Program, or a Coordinated Program must have a verification statement that stipulates that the student has completed the program issuing the verification statement's required coursework.
  4. Apply and complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program / dietetic internship after completing all prerequisite dietetics coursework.
  5. Complete and pass a national registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Beginning January 1, 2024, students must have earned a master's degree in order to sit for the RDN exam.

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