The Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential is earned by:
- Completing a bachelor’s degree at an U.S. accredited university or college, including coursework in nutrition and dietetics. About half of all dietitians have an advanced degree as well.
- Complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice through an accredited Dietetic Internship or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway. Internships are typically 9-12 months in length and acceptance into a program is competitive. Interns must demonstrate competency in all areas of dietetics, such as medical nutrition therapy, food service management, and community nutrition services.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
The following authors contributed to the Radio Nutrition blog as part of their dietetics internship program. After graduating from their internships, most take the RD exam. Once they pass the exam they can use the credential “RD” or “RDN”.