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2024 GRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENT – REGISTRATION ELIGIBILITY

Please be assured that CDR will carefully consider the COVID-19 situation as it evolves and make adjustments to the deadline as necessary. CDR will reassess going forward and notify stakeholders if a deadline adjustment is made.

What is Changing?


Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement for eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree. All other didactic and supervised practice eligibility requirements will remain the same.

   
 
   

Why Was the Change Made?


CDR based this decision on the recommendations of the Council on Future Practice Visioning Report (2012). Almost all other health care professions have increased entry-level educational standards beyond bachelor's degrees.

Elevating the entry-level RD education to a graduate level is consistent with the knowledge, skills, and research base required in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

 

When Will the Requirement Change?


Beggining January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be the minimum degree requirement for those seeking to become eligible for the registration examination for dietitians. In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight CT, December 31, 2023.

   
 
   

Who Will Be Affected?


Those seeking to become eligible for the registration examination for dietitians for the first time, on or after January 1, 2024, are required to have completed the minimum of a graduate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent. Those who let their registered status lapse or voluntarily dropped their registration and wish to become re-registered on or after January 1, 2024, will need a graduate degree before they can re-test.

Individuals who established eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians on or before December 31, 2023 or those who are already registered will not be required by CDR to obtain a graduate degree. Individuals eligible before the graduate degree requirement takes effect will not be required to take the examination before January 1, 2024.