DTRs with Foreign Degrees
How does the process differ to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) or a Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR)?
The process is similar in that all academic degrees must be evaluated by one of the foreign degree validation agencies in the list of Independent Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies listed in Question 2. This evaluation and copies of all transcripts need to be reviewed by a program director of an ACEND-accredited Nutrition and Dietetics Technician (DT) Program. Accredited programs are listed on ACEND's website. Additional coursework and/or supervised practice may be required to obtain an original verification statement of completion of the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Program. After you have obtained the verification statement, the program director will submit registration eligibility information to CDR. Once they have submitted your name into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS), you will receive an email requesting that you complete your personal demographic information and a survey.
After all your documents and information have been approved by CDR, your data will be sent to their testing vendor, Pearson VUE. You will receive an email from CDR confirming your registration eligibility within 48 hours of your application's approval. Within 48 hours of this first email, Pearson VUE will send you an Authorization to Test email allowing you to schedule your exam. Upon achievement of a passing score on the exam, you will become a NDTR or DTR (refer to the NDTR and DTR flowchart).
The Commission publishes a Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians (7th Ed.).
To purchase the Guide (Catalog number 063017) call the Academy’s Sales/Customer Service Team at 800/877-1600 or 312/899-0040 at ext. 5000.
DT - Pathway III for Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Graduates
If you have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college, university or foreign equivalent and have an original verification statement from the program director of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), contact your DPD program director (or the current program director of your DPD) to inform him/her that you would like to be submitted for registration eligibility for the Examination for Dietetic Technicians. Your program director will need your full name (as listed on your government-issued, photo identification and your primary email address in order to submit your name into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS). Print and complete the NDTRE and DTRE Misuse Form. You will need to give your program director an original copy of this signed form. If your program director does not have a copy of your original BS degree transcript or signed verification statement, you will also need to provide them with these original forms. When your program director has submitted you into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS), you will receive an email requesting that you complete your personal demographic information and a survey. In order to avoid delays in the processing of your application, it is imperative that you complete these requirements as soon as possible. After all your documents, information and survey have been approved by CDR, your information will be sent to their testing vendor, Pearson VUE. You will receive an email from CDR confirming your registration eligibility within 48 hours of your application’s approval. Within 48 hours of this first email, Pearson VUE will send you an Authorization to Test email allowing you to schedule your exam.
Upon achievement of a passing score on the registration examination for dietetic technicians, you will become a NDTR or DTR. This option could be considered by graduates of ACEND-accredited DPD programs who do not receive an appointment to a Dietetic Internship and want to be credentialed as a NDTR or DTR (refer to the NDTR and DTR flowchart.)
Once I obtain my RDN, RD, NDTR or DTR credential, can I practice anywhere in the US?
Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of nutrition and dietetics. It is important that you contact the state regulatory agency where you plan to practice before obtaining employment to obtain information on their requirements and regulations. A list of state regulatory agencies can be obtained on the CDR Web site. If your state is not among this list then it does not have licensure/certification. If you need further assistance, you may obtain information from the Academy's Washington office by calling 202/371-0500. Please be aware that registration as a RDN, RD, NDTR or DTR with CDR, state licensure, and membership in the Academy described below are separate processes (refer to the RDN and RD flowchart and the NDTR and DTR flowchart).