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Advanced Practice Certification in Clinical Nutrition Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

The current eligibility requirements approved by CDR for the Advanced Practice Certification in Clinical Nutrition are as follows:
  • Current RDN* or RD*
  • Be an RDN* or RD* for four calendar years (from the application deadline date)
  • Have a graduate degree from a US-regionally accredited college or university.  The qualifying degrees will include all degrees, except those from arts and humanities categories.
  • Document 8,000 hours post RDN* or RD* of clinical nutrition practice no older than the past 15 years, 800 of the required hours must be within the past two years (from the application deadline date).
 
Alternate Pathway (for candidates who do not have an eligible graduate degree)
  • Current RDN* or RD*
  • Be an RDN* or RD* for four calendar years (from the application deadline date)
  • Document 8,000 hours post RDN* or RD* of clinical nutrition practice no older than the past 15 years, 800 of the required hours must be within the past two years (from the application deadline date).
  • Completion of any two of the three following activities, post RDN* or RD*:
    • Evidence of presenting at a national, state or local professional conference in clinical nutrition (e.g. practice topics/poster/research) within the past five years from the application deadline date.
    • Published a clinical nutrition research or non-research article in a peer reviewed professional journal; had a clinical nutrition book or book chapter published (not self-published); edited or reviewed a clinical nutrition peer reviewed professional journal article or book; published an article in a peer reviewed newsletter; or had a clinical nutrition abstract published in a peer reviewed journal within the past five years from the application deadline date.
    • Specialist Certification in a clinical nutrition-related topics.  The specialist certifications must include the RD*/RDN* as a prerequisite qualification.  Candidates must hold the specialist certification at the time of the examination.

*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