Becoming An RDN

Becoming an RDN

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), the following is required:

  • Effective January 1, 2024, minimum completion of a Master’s degree granted by a United States (U.S.) regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent is required to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists. See 2024 Graduate Degree Requirements for more information.
    • You can get your Masters Degree while completing the NutraCo Dietetic Internship through one of our affiliated graduate degree programs – please see the program specific page for details.
    • Students may also complete a student-identified graduate program (as long as no more than 18 credits are left to complete when starting the supervised practice rotations).
  • Signed original Verification Statement or Declaration of Intent from your DPD Director.
  • Completion of at least 1000 hours of supervised practice, with a minimum of 700 hours in a professional work setting, through a dietetic internship program (such as NutraCo Dietetic Internship), Coordinated Program in Dietetics or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) through an ACEND accredited program.
  • Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to the Academy website (login required) and CDR’s website
  • Obtain a state certification or licensure if applicable in your state. Information regarding licensure in specific states is available here.
  • NutraCo Dietetic Internship allows interns to customize their supervised practice rotations to meet their individual needs and interests. Upon completion of our program, graduates are eligible to take the credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and to ultimately pursue their professional goals.

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Accreditation Information

NutraCo Dietetic Internship is currently granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics