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RD Examination—Eligibility Requirements

Option 1—Dietetic Internship


Completion of a bachelor’s degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university (or foreign equivalent)

  1. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  2. Completion of an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) (minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours)
   
 

Option 2—Coordinated Program


  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university (or foreign equivalent)
  2. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Coordinated Program (CP) (minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours)
 

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP)


In 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announced the development of ISPPs (pronounced "iss-pees") which are intended to add supervised practice capacity through ACEND-accredited dietetics programs. For more information click here. There are two ISPP options:

   

Option 3—DPD Graduate


  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university (or foreign equivalent)
  2. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  3. Did not match with a DI.
  4. Completion of an ACEND accredited DPD ISPP (minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours)
 
 

Option 4—Doctorate Degree Graduate


  1. Completion of a doctorate granted by a US regionally accredited college/university (or foreign equivalent)
  2. Completion of an ACEND accredited doctorate ISPP (minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours)
 

Individuals with Foreign Degrees


Each country has their own credentialing agency with policies and procedures that an individual must comply with to meet registration eligibility requirements and become credentialed in that country. Individuals who want to be credentialed as a RD in the US must comply with CDR’s eligibility and examination requirements.

If your degree is from outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by an approved Foreign Degree Evaluation Agency. A detailed course-by-course evaluation is recommended. After receiving your evaluation report, you will need to contact the program director of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program (CP) to request they review your transcript and foreign degree evaluation report. They will determine to what degree your prior learning meets current requirements and counsel you regarding any additional coursework needed to complete their program requirements.

Option 5—Registration Eligibility Reciprocity


Registration eligibility reciprocity is extended to individuals who completed all certification requirements (academic, didactic, experiential, and examination) in the country with whom CDR has an agreement. CDR currently has reciprocity agreements with the following foreign regulatory boards.

  • Dietitians of Canada (DC)
  • Dutch Association of Dietitians/Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (NVD)
  • Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI)

If you have completed certification requirements with one of the above credentialing bodies, please follow the instructions on the International Registration Eligibility Application.

   
 
   

Option 6—International Dietetics Programs


Graduates of ACEND accredited international dietetics programs (determined to be “substantially equivalent” by ACEND) are eligible to take the entry-level registration examination for dietitians provided they apply for registration eligibility to CDR on or before July 1, 2019. Registration eligibility applications from graduates of “substantially equivalent” programs will not be considered after July 1, 2019. There are five international programs in dietetics that have been recognized by ACEND under the Foreign Dietitian Education (FDE) Standards or International Dietitian Education (IDE) Standards.

ACEND established a new International Accreditation Process for international dietetics programs in 2012. This new international program accreditation process includes a required supervised practice experience in the United States. CDR has determined that it will allow graduates of the ACEND accredited international dietitian education programs to become eligible for the CDR registration examination for dietitians.