Human Nutrition

Process to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) / Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Must have or complete:

  1. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university

  2. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from a ACEND-accredited institution

  3. Dietetic Internship program from a ACEND-accredited institution

  4. Passage on CDR credentialing exam

  5. RD-enrollment fee payment to the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Upcoming CDR Credential Requirement

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 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). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program at  Winthrop University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here.