Q: What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
A: Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. But, only an RD or RDN has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. All RDs or RDNs must:
- Get a four-year degree which includes a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum.
- Complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice organization or community agency.
- Pass a rigorous registration exam.
What’s more, roughly half of all RDs and RDNs hold graduate degrees and many have certifications in specialized fields, such as sports, pediatric, renal, oncology or gerontological nutrition. Click here to learn more.