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Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD)/ Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)*

Certain educational and professional requirements must be met to earn the title and credential registered dietitian (RD)/registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). These include:

  • Completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a US regionally accredited university or college or foreign equivalent, and coursework through an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP).
  • Completion of 1200 hours of supervised practice through an ACEND accredited dietetic internship, CP, or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) offered through an ACEND accredited program.
  • Passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); www.cdrnet.org. Maintenance of the RD/RDN credential requires completion of continuing professional education requirements.

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