What is an RD?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who have met strict criteria to earn the RDN credential.

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is a nationally-credentialed nutrition expert. RDs are the authority on nutrition. To become an RD, an individual must meet the following requirements.

1. Complete a bachelor’s of science in a certified didactic program of dietetics (DPD) or coordinated program in dietetics, which has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

2. Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program ranging from six to twelve months in length. This is a very competitive step in the process. Only about 50% of graduated dietetic majors will be placed in an internship right out of college. The internship requires that each intern complete at least 1200 hours of supervised practice in different healthcare settings: food service systems, hospitals, clinics, community health organizations, counseling centers, etc.

3. Pass a national board exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

4. Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

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