Registration Eligibility Requirements for Dietetic Technicians: New Pathway III

At its April 2009 meeting the Commission on Dietetic Registration established a new registration eligibility pathway for dietetic technicians. Effective June 1, 2009, individuals who have completed both a baccalaureate degree and an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be able to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements. This decision is consistent with CDR's public protection mission in that it provides a credential for the numerous non-credentialed DPD graduates currently employed in dietetic technician positions. Once credentialed, these individuals will be required to comply with CDR recertification requirements, the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and the Standards of Practice. CDR also believes that this alternative registration eligibility option will increase the availability and visibility of Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs)* and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs)* throughout the country ultimately enhancing the value of these credentials.

Effective June 1, 2009, the two pathways to establish eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians will be:

Pathway I
Completion of an Associate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college or university with the ACEND accredited Dietetic Technician Program.

Pathway III
Completion of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, and completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP). For security reasons, all Dietetic Technician (DT) Pathway III candidates must be submitted for registration eligibility by their graduating institution’s current DPD program director. DT Pathway III candidates must complete the following document and provide this to their program director for submission to CDR:

After the DPD program director has submitted the candidate’s name into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS), they will receive an email requesting that they complete their personal demographic information and a NDTR* survey. In order to avoid delays in the processing of their application, it is imperative that the candidate complete these requirements as soon as possible.

Examination Candidate Information and Study Resources

Computer Based Testing FAQ:
https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/CBTFactSheet082015.pdf

Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, 7th edition:
http://www.eatrightstore.org/product/695080A3-6558-44A4-ABB9-8439930532D3

"Check It Out Becoming a Dietetic Technician Registered":
http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career/become-an-rdn-or-dtr

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why did CDR establish Pathway III?

A: Over the past several years, CDR has noted that number of dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs)* was declining at a rapid rate. This decline, coupled with the uneven geographic distribution of NDTRs* and DTRs*, posed a significant challenge for employers who desired to hire NDTRs* and DTRs*. CDR strongly supports the role of the dietetic technician and believes that this new pathway would address both of these issues. This decision is consistent with CDR's public protection mission in that it provides a credential for the numerous non-credentialed DPD graduates currently employed in dietetic technician positions. Once credentialed, these individuals will be required to comply with CDR recertification requirements, the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics and the Standards of Practice. CDR also believes that this alternative registration eligibility option will provide a dietetics career ladder, increase the availability and visibility of NDTRs* and DTRs* throughout the country and ultimately enhance the value of the NDTR* and DTR* credentials.

2. Can an individual who has their DPD Verification Statement and an original baccalaureate degree transcript submit their "Registration Eligibility Application for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians" directly to CDR for processing?

A: No. Program directors provide the technical review and verification of all applicant documentation and submit applicants to CDR for final processing. The only exception to this procedure is when the DPD program is no longer open.

3. If the applicant obtained a baccalaureate degree in a foreign country does the degree have to be verified as an equivalent to a degree by one of the foreign degree equivalency agencies specified by CDR?

A: Yes, the degree must be determined equivalent by one of the agencies listed on ACEND’s website at: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=5966.

4. If an applicant has their international transcript evaluated by an agency not approved by CDR, does it have to be re-evaluated by one of the approved agencies?

A: Yes. Transcript evaluation agencies are reviewed against specific CDR criteria. If approved, the agency is added to CDR's listing of approved transcript evaluation agencies. No other agency evaluation will be accepted.

5. Who is now eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians?

A: Individuals who have completed a minimum of a baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent and an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program as verified by a DPD program director are eligible

6. Is there a recency of education requirement?

A: No. CDR does not have a recency of education policy. However, individuals that graduated under a Plan IV curriculum rather than a Didactic Program curriculum will not be eligible to sit for the DTR* examination without first meeting current Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements.

7. Are graduates of a Coordinated Program (CP) or a Dietetic Internship (DI) Program, who have already established eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians?

A: Yes, provided they have completed DPD program requirements through either an undergraduate program or a Coordinated Program (CP) in dietetics. Individuals interested in establishing eligibility to take the examination should contact Elaine Butler at 800/877-1600, ext. 4859.

8. Will DPDs receive information on the success of their graduates who take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians?

A. CDR will generate six-month, one-year and five-year Summary Reports on the examination results of DPD graduates that sit for the DTR examination and provide these to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for distribution to assist programs in the evaluation of the outcomes of their graduates.

If you have comments or questions about the Pathway III eligibility option to take the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, please call Peggy Anderson at ext. 4764, panderson@eatright.org or Rebecca Beavers at ext. 4781, rbeavers@eatright.org.












*Please note the NDTR and DTR are two credential designation options for one certification program. Practitioners may choose to use one or the other. For more information, click here.