Pathways to Becoming an RDN

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
  • Starting in 2024, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) will require a graduate degree plus completion of an accredited dietetic internship to take the national registration examination for RDNs.

How Can I Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

The University of Cincinnati has several pathways for you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Your path will depend on your current educational credentials. 

Begin your UC jouney by applying to the Nutrition & Dietetics - Community Nutrition or Nutrition & Dietetics - Sports Nutrition program. Either program will make you eligible to apply to the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program.

Transfer or transition into the Nutrition & Dietetics - Community Nutrition or Nutrition & Dietetics - Sports Nutrition program. Either program will make you eligible to apply to the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program.

You will need to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics and then once you complete that, you will need to apply for the Supervised Practice in Dietetics. Please be aware that by 2024 the credentialing exam will require a Master's degree. Please reach out to us to ensure your eligibility before the transition. 

You will need to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics and then once you complete that, you will need to apply for the Supervised Practice in Dietetics. 

You can apply for a dietetic internship through our Supervised Practice in Dietetics

Additional Resources

The following links and resources from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics may help you learn more about the RDN credential and how it is changing. 

Current Routes to RDN Registration Eligibility
Routes to RDN Registration Eligibility after January 1, 2024
FAQs about Careers in Dietetics