What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
Basically, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (abbreviated as “RDN” or sometimes you will see it as “RD” for Registered Dietitian) are healthcare professionals that have completed extensive nutrition education, at minimum 4-year college degree plus a training program that ranges from 6 months to over 14 months. Becca has two bachelor degrees — the first degree from the University of Arizona in Nutrition and Physiology and the second degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia. She also has a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics (M.S.) from the University of Rhode Island. She completed her Dietetic Internship in May 2017 with Sodexo ( 10 month program) and now is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
How do I become a RDN?
So, you want to become an RDN? Good choice. This profession is hot right now. First, you must complete a 4-year college degree and complete your didactic program of dietetics courses (DPD). These courses include a TON of nutrition courses, but they also include heavy science courses like biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Don’t let the science courses scare you away from achieving your dream. You never know what could come out of it (side note: I met my [now] husband in chemistry class). After you have completed your degree and DPD courses, you must complete your dietetic internship, pass the licensing exam, and boom — Registered Dietitian!
To become a RDN, you will need:
-Minimum education of a 4-year bachelor’s degree -Complete a supervised practice internship program (accredited and approved by ACEND). Programs vary from 6-12 months. You will complete rotations in hospital/clinic, food service, community, outpatient, etc, but each program varies on the hours needed in each. Sometimes these are combined with undergraduate programs. -Pass a national exam administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) after you’ve completed the internship program. -Complete continuing education requirements to maintain your registration to practice