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How to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree or post-baccalaureate program and receive a verification statement from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited program. There are two options for obtaining a verification statement at the University of Georgia.
    • Complete a bachelor's degree and obtain a verification statement: Complete the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (or DPD) required coursework to receive a verification statement. To receive a B.S.F.C.S. in dietetics, a student must have at least a C (2.0) grade in CHEM 1211, 1211L, BIOL 1107, 1107L, in all Area VI courses, and in all major required courses.
    • Complete post-baccalaureate coursework and obtain a verification statement: If you have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent and are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics, you may be eligible to apply for our post-baccalaureate plan.
  2. Match or obtain acceptance to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (as an example, dietetic internships might be stand-alone programs or combined with a master's or doctoral degree). The University of Georgia MS/DI is an example of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at the University of Georgia are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. For students who do not receive acceptance to a supervised practice program in the first round of an application cycle, they are eligible to apply in the second round of that cycle and/or to an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway (or ISPP). Acceptance to a supervised practice program is not guaranteed.
  3. Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).* For more information regarding the examination, refer to the CDR website.
  4. Obtain licensure in your state of practice, if applicable. In Georgia, graduates must obtain licensure by the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians in order to practice. Upon completion of our DPD program, acceptance to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, and passing the CDR credentialing exam for Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in Georgia. Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in nutrition and dietetics can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

*Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at The University of Georgia are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here (also see #4 above).

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, click here.

How to become a Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree and receive a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program. There are two options for obtaining a verification statement at the University of Georgia.
    • Complete a bachelor's degree and obtain a verification statement: Complete the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (or DPD) required coursework to receive a verification statement. To receive a B.S.F.C.S. in dietetics, a student must have at least a C (2.0) grade in CHEM 1211, 1211L, BIOL 1107, 1107L, in all Area VI courses, and in all major required courses.
    • Complete post-baccalaureate coursework and obtain a verification statement: If you have a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent and are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics, you may be eligible to apply for our post-baccalaureate plan.
  2. Pass a national examination administered by the CDR. For more information regarding the examination, refer to the CDR website.

Visit the ACEND website to learn more about the pathways to becoming a Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered.

Featured Alumni

Valerie Chertin

Valerie Chertin

Valerie Chertin received her MS in 2013 and is a clinical dietitian at Atlanta Medical Center.

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