State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Registered Dietitian Education

Most states require that, in order to become a certified or licensed Registered Dietitian (RD), you must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or a related subject. (A list of all states and their RD licensure requirements may be found here). Programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  Some online dietetics programs are not accredited by ACEND, and therefore graduates of these programs may not take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Examination to become a Registered Dietitian in any state. Schools hosting these non-accredited programs for Registered Dietitians should be avoided.

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Two types of ACEND-accredited registered dietitian education programs exist:

  • Coordinated Programs in Dietetics (CP) – These programs offer the educational coursework and the practical internship necessary in order to qualify to take the CDR Examination. Click on the link to access the ACEND database of accredited CP programs in each state.
  • Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD)- These programs offer only the classroom coursework necessary to be eligible to sit for the CDR Examination. A Dietetic Internship (DI) must be taken along with a DPD before you may take the CDR Exam. Click on the link to access the ACEND database of accredited DPD programs in each state.

Each state has its own requirements for coursework that your educational program in dietetics must include. Some states do not specify the types and/or hours in each subject, while others do. Classes that you will find in any ACEND-accredited bachelor’s degree program include:

  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Sociology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Foodservice Systems Management
  • Food and Nutrition Sciences

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