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)

   
 

Option 2—Coordinated Program


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


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

Option 4—Doctorate Degree Graduate


  • Completion of a doctorate granted by a US regionally accred-ited college/university (or foreign equivalent)
  • Completion of an ACEND accredited doctorate ISPP (minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours)
 

Click here for additional information regarding Individuals with Foreign Degrees.