EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria and earned the RDN credential:
Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college or foreign equivalent, and coursework through an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic (DPD), Coordinated (CP), Future Graduate (FG) or Foreign (FDE) or International Dietitian Education (IDE) program. For a list of accredited programs, see www.eatrightpro.org/acend. Effective 1/1/2024, a master's degree will be required to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration RDN credentialing exam.
Completed required supervised practice/experience through an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI), Coordinated (CP), Future Graduate (FG) or International Dietitian Education (IDE) Program or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) oﬀered through an ACEND-accredited program. Information on ACEND-accredited programs at www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR's Website at www.cdrnet.org. In order to maintain the credential, a RDN must complete continuing professional educational requirements.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Master's Program at the University of Utah are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Read more about state licensure requirements.
Read more information about educational pathways to become a RDN.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION & STATE CERTIFICATION
After passing the registered dietitian examination, graduates will participate in the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) re-certification program which assists credentialed practitioners in planning their professional development with the Professional Development Portfolio. The Capstone instructor (Jean Zancanella) will provide information about the Portfolio process which is also available here.
A re-certification cycle is 5 years. The first action item required by those who pass the registration exam is to submit a Learning Plan. A Flash presentation is available on the link above that will describe the process.
Additionally, dietitians in Utah require a state license for certification. This is an easy on-line process that can be completed once you have passed the national registration examination for dietitians. The cost is $30 per year. It can also be completed in-person at the following location:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Utah Dietitian Licensing Board
PO Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
PROGRAM COMPLETION, GRADUATION & ISSUANCE OF THE VERIFICATION FORM
Upon successful completion of all requirements including degree requirements, the student will receive a verification form as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and will submit an application to the Program Director to apply to the Commission on Dietetic Registration to sit for the RDN credentialing exam.
COMPLETION RATE, PASS RATE ON RD EXAM & EMPLOYMENT
100% of students starting the program completed it in 36 months or less in the past five years. Our graduates have been very successful in taking the RD examination with an 88% pass rate over the past five years. The average length to employment in nutrition and dietetics after graduation from the program is 3.5 months.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.