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Who is a Registered Dietitian (RD)* OR Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN)*?

Registered Dietitians (RD)* or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN)* are individuals who have

  • completed the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent;
  • met current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • completed a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietitians;
  • remitted the annual registration fee;
  • complied with the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) recertification requirements

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*Please note the RDN and RD are two credential designation options for one certification program. Practitioners may choose to use one or the other. For more information, click here