California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

 
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How to Become an RDN or DTR

What is a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

The RD/RDN is a health care professional educated in nutrition and foods who is able to translate scientific information into appropriate food choices. Specialized education and training prepare RD/RDNs to provide medical nutrition therapy when prescribed by a physician; they are also trained to provide nutrition counseling to promote optimal health.

Educational Requirements of the RD/RDN

  1. The RD/RDN has earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, food science, psychology, nutrition, diet therapy, food service management and computer sciences are among the courses required to meet educational standards.
  2. Practical supervised training in an accredited program is required. This experience teaches the application of scientific nutrition and dietetics principles to a variety of work settings.
  3. The RD/RDN has passed a national competency examination and completes ongoing continuing education requirements.

Several ways to contact an RD/RDN in your area…

  1. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Website for a referral.
  2. Call the Nationwide Nutrition Network at 800.877.1600, ext 5000.
  3. Look in the telephone directory under Dietitian or Nutritionist and check for the RD/RDN credential after the name.
  4. Contact the nutrition department in a health care facility such as a hospital, clinic, or community agency.
  5. Request a referral from your personal physician or health care provider.

Interested in becoming an RD/RDN?

What is a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)?

The DTR is a health care professional educated in nutrition and food management, and general sciences. A DTR is an integral part of a health and food management team. The DTR works with the RDN in a variety of settings, including health care, business, industry, public health, food service and research.

Educational Requirements of the DTR

  1. The DTR has earned at least an associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Food science, psychology, nutrition, diet therapy, and food service management are among the courses required to meet educational standards.
  2. Practical supervised training in an accredited program is required. This experience teaches the application of scientific nutrition and dietetic principles to a variety of work settings.
  3. The DTR has passed a national competency examination and completes ongoing continuing education requirements.

Interested in becoming a DTR?

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