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How to Become a Registered Dietitian

The Credentialing Process consists of the following:

  1. BS or BA degree with completion of a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) accredited DPD program with a "verification statement" granted by the DPD program;
  2. Completion of an accredited post-baccalaureate CADE Dietetic Internship, which includes a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience
  3. Passing score on the Registration Exam for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Students are awarded a Verification Statement when they complete their Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and all major (NUTR) courses with a grade of “C” or above. The Verficiation Statement is required for entrance into the Dietetic Internship.

Strong candidates for Dietetic Internships typically have:

  • 3.0 GPA or better
  • Significant work or volunteer experience in dietetics, perhaps 100 hours
  • Excellent letters of recommendation from faculty and dietitians
  • Experiences in dietetics such as giving lectures in the community, or activities with the RU Student Dietetic Association

For more information about the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian contact the American Dietetic Association.