Becoming A Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN)

Outlook for Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists

See this link.

Verification Statement Policy

The Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) requires written verification from the Program Director that an Intern has successfully completed the requirements of the Dietetic Internship Program in order to determine eligibility for taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists. Graduates are provided with Verification Statements upon conclusion of the program, which are required for this verification process and may also be required for other reasons, such as applications for jobs, licensure applications and/or graduate programs.

Following the completion of Program requirements, these Verification Statements are submitted to CDR together with your DPD Verification Statement and transcripts. The Program Director initiates the application and verifies eligibility for registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, but it is the Intern’s responsibility to accurately complete the remaining paperwork and schedule the examination.

When program completion has been verified by the Program Director, a Verification Statement with the Program Director’s original signature will be sent to the graduate. It is important to keep the Program and Program Director informed of any address changes.

Registration Eligibility for Dietitians/Nutritionists

Following successful completion of the Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship Program, graduates will be eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Registration involves passing the above referenced national comprehensive written examination, followed by the accumulation of 75 hours of approved continuing education every five years to maintain the credential. The registration examination is administered continuously each year at designated locations throughout the United States. The exam requires computation, critical thinking, and interpretation of data to solve problems, make decisions, select a course of action, or apply knowledge within a practice setting. Exam questions deal with clinical nutrition, food service management, and a “core” of general information and application.

Interns are strongly advised to take the examination when they feel fully prepared. Typically, this is 3-6 months following graduation from the Dietetic Internship Program and before an Intern starts their first job.

"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

State Licensure

State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Information on state licensure and certification is provided here as a service to licensed dietetics professionals and state licensure boards. Learn more about licensure on the CDR link on eatright.org.