What is a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians (RD's) are health-care professionals who have completed academic and experience requirements established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency of the American Dietetic Association. At minimum, this includes completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and an accredited clinical experience program. RD's must pass a rigorous professional-level exam and complete ongoing continuing education to maintain this nationally administered credential. Many Registered Dietitians also hold advanced degrees (Masters or Doctorate) and certifications in specialized areas of practice such as Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD) or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). RD's may also hold complimentary credentials such as RN, MD, or CSW.

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