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What is a Registered Dietitian?

Glad you asked! A Registered Dietitian is an expert in nutrition. Anyone can claim to be a “nutritionist,” but only a Registered Dietitian has had the proper training to be trusted to provide accurate, scientific evidenced-based nutrition information. RDs help translate the science behind nutrition into practical uses in everyday life (ie. FOOD!)

The training required to be a RD is:

1. Minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.

2. Completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics. This accreditation program ensures all students receive the required education to be a successful dietitian. This includes classes in Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition, Foodservice Management, Public Speaking, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and more.

3. An internship with a minimum of 900 hours of supervised practice. Interns must fulfill all required competencies required of an entry-level dietitian.

4. Complete a RD Certification Exam

5. Complete continuing education requirements throughout your career lifetime

6. Abide by the RD Code of Ethics

Whew! It’s a long haul, but worth it to be a Nutrition Expert!