Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) administer medical nutrition therapy in healthcare settings, work in community nutrition, foodservice, academia and research.

An RDN has met academic and professional requirements:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Completed an accredited supervised practice (internship) program of at least 1200 hours in a healthcare facility, community agency or foodservice operation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration and state licensure to practice.

Approximately 50 percent of RDNs hold advanced degrees. Additional certifications, including specialized areas of practice such as pediatric nutrition or diabetes education, are awarded through the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), or through other recognized medical and nutrition organizations. 

What is a coordinated program in dietetics?

A Coordinated Programs in Dietetics (CP) combines didactic coursework with supervised practice (internship) leading to a bachelor’s or graduate degree. The supervised practice experience during the program is in place of an internship. Graduates of coordinated programs are eligible to write the Commission on Dietetic Registration to earn the RDN credential.

What is a dietetic internship?

Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and a didactic program in dietetics are eligible to apply for a dietetic internship (DI). Those who complete the DI are eligible to write the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination to earn the RDN credential.

Appointments to DIs are awarded competitively through a matching process. 

Does The Ohio State University offer a Medical Dietetics Internship? Yes with a MS Degree

What does the Medical Dietetics program at The Ohio State University provide?

The Division of Medical Dietetics offers: Coordinated Undergraduate and Graduate Programs; MS with a Dietetic Internship; MS Clinical Nutrition.

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