How to Become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

The Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) establishes requirements for eligibility to take the entry-level registration examinations for dietitians. Current requirements include academic preparation, supervised practice, and confirmation of academic and practice requirements by verification.


  • Academic Degree
    • Minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent.


All dietetic education programs accredited by ACEND must be in the U.S. or its territories. Supervised practice requirements stipulate completion of one of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics accredited pathways:

  • Accredited Dietetic Internship Program
    • Provides for the achievement of performance requirements for entry-level dietitians through a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice. The program follows completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and a Baccalaureate degree. Some programs may be completed part-time with supervised practice.
  • Accredited Coordinated Program
    • Academic program in a U.S. regionally accredited college or university culminating in a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree. The program provides for the achievement of knowledge and performance requirements for entry-level dietitians through integration of didactic instruction with a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice.

dietetic internshipIn September 2011, the Academy announced the development of Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways or ISPPs ("ispeys") which are intended to add supervised practice capacity through ACEND-accredited dietetics programs, while providing student protections missing from the unaccredited models of the past. This approach provides a framework that can align the availability of supervised practice with demand from DPD students who hold verification statements, thereby laying the foundation for addressing supervised-practice shortages in the future.


Graduates of international dietetics programs, determined to be “substantially equivalent” by ACEND, are eligible to take the CDR entry-level registration examination for dietitians provided they apply for registration eligibility to the Commission on or before July 1, 2019. Registration eligibility applications from graduates of "substantially equivalent" programs will not be considered after July 1, 2019.

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ACEND established a new International Accreditation Process for international dietetics programs in 2012. This new international program accreditation process includes a required supervised practice experience in the United States. CDR has determined that it will allow graduates of the ACEND accredited international dietitian education programs to become eligible for the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

The WCHN Dietetic Internship will provide the required supervised practice hours for eligibility to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

As a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on the Dietetic Registration you are eligible to apply for the Connecticut Dietitian/Nutritionist (CD/N) Certification.
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