Process to Become a RD or RDN
Process to Become a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
In order to become a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist an individual must:
- Complete the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) academic requirements plus obtain the minimum of a Bachelor's degree
- Complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (i.e. Dietetic Internship Program)
- Obtain a passing score on the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for the RD or RDN credential
- Follow state laws that regulate the practice of dietetics (laws that regulate dietitians/nutritionists can be found at https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/Licensurelawsregulations.pdf).
The State of Nebraska has a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapy (LMNT) credentialing law. Attainment of the RD/RDN credential will allow individuals to attain the LMNT credential and practice as medical nutrition therapists in Nebraska.