Why choose a Registered Dietician (RD) or a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN)?
A RD or RDN is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
- A bachelor’s degree and often a graduate degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics’ Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.
- Completed a year-long supervised dietetic internship at an accredited institution.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Completes continuing professional education requirements.
Many Registered Dietitian Nutritionist hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice such as pediatrics, renal, sports nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes education. Because dietitians are crossed trained in many diverse areas, these professionals hold a wide variety of job positions including: hospitals, HMOs, private practice, health care facilities, community and public health settings, food and nutrition industry, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness, academia, and research.