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.
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.
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.