• Registered Dietitians are experts and leaders in our field of food and nutrition.
  • In fact, we are the only profession that can provide medical nutrition therapy and write nutrition prescriptions.
  • Because of this, many of us are able to take insurance for our services (hooray for affordable care!).adolescent-apple-beautiful-257283
  • Dietitians are also all about personalization. Everyone is different, so why would you follow a “diet” that was designed for the masses?
  • Dietitians are all nutritionists, but not all nutritionists can call themselves Registered Dietitians. This may be confusing but keep reading!

 

To become a Registered Dietitian, one must:

  • Have at least a bachelor degree that includes specified coursework required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Many RDs have advanced degrees. In fact, I’m currently completing my masters!
    • Despite popular belief that nutrition is all about macros or “clean eating,” our coursework is heavy in research, biochemistry, and medical nutrition therapy (nutrition as it applies to the pathophysiology of diseases and their prevention, management, and treatment).
  • Complete a 1200 hour accredited, supervised practice program that less than half of all dietetic students that apply get matched to. (Hello to having excellent grades, nutrition-related job experience, many organizational memberships, leadership experience, and lots of hard work before ever even applying to an internship!)
  • Pass the “RD Exam,” a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Maintain their credential by continuing professional educational requirements.
  • Obtain and maintain state licensure where required. AKA the “LD” after my “RD” credential.
  • Looking for a registered dietitian in your area to help you out? Click here to find one.