Credentialing and Careers

RD/RDN Credentialing Process

1.       Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a Verification Statement granted by a DPND program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND);  

2.       Completion of an ACEND accredited post-baccalaureate Internship Program in Nutrition (IPND) and Dietetics which includes a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience. Refer to Radford University’s policy for issuing Verification Statements.

3.       Passing score on the Registration Exam for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Verification Statements

Students are required to achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to complete and graduate in this major. Verification Statements will be awarded only to students completing degree requirements for the Nutrition and Dietetics major at Radford University and earning C or better in all NUTR classes.
Students will be issued six copies of their Verification Statement within two weeks after the registrar has cleared the student for graduation indicating that all degree requirements have been satisfied. Failure to earn a Verification Statement will prohibit the alumna from entering the IPND Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics or sitting for the certification exam for the NDTR/DTR (Nutrition/Dietetic Technician, Registered) credential.

The following stipulations apply:

1.       Courses that are required for the DPND may be taken at other institutions if they are accepted as equivalent to the RU course. Preauthorization to take a course for transfer credit is recommended. This is completed through the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.

2.       There is a limit on the amount of transfer credit that can be awarded for major courses. Seventy five percent (75%) of Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR)
courses must be completed at RU. This surpasses the Radford University policy which states that fifty percent (50%) of the semester hours required for a major must be taken at Radford University.

3.       Transfer and post baccalaureate students who have satisfied the Core Curriculum requirement are still required to meet all prerequisites for the DPND.

4.       The DPND curriculum will be revised periodically to meet accreditation standards, RD Exam test specifications and advances in the discipline. Majors who have not yet been admitted to upper
division will be required to comply with those changes in order to receive a Verification Statement even though the change may not be required by the University to graduate.

5.       Major (NUTR) courses must have been completed within five years of the verification date. At the discretion of the student’s advisor and the DPND Coordinator, Core Curriculum and Additional Requirements may also need to have been completed within five years of the verification date.

Further information on Verification Statements is available from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Strong candidates for an Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics 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 Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics- SAND @RU

For more information about Internship Programs refer to http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/

Career Outlook

Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN)

After completing an accredited, post-baccalaureate Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) and passing a national exam, credentialed RDs or RDNs may work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, senior living communities, government and public health agencies, as well as food- and nutrition-related businesses. RDNs may also find employment in areas such as research and teaching, private practice, culinary, media or public policy.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of dietitians is expected to grow 21% through 2022, faster than average for all occupations, as a result of increasing emphasis on disease prevention and longevity through improved dietary habits. The science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health is a vital, growing profession with many career possibilities. The field provides many growth opportunities and an advanced-practice career ladder.

Career Resources:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
http://www.eatright.org/

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
The credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.cdrnet.org/

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
The accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/