In order to become a Registered Dietitian, there are three main steps you have to take:
- Obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics/Nutrition Food Science by completing Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program (which includes the internship). You will receive a verification statement proving that you completed the program.
- All upper division HSCI courses and Pre-Reqs were required to be completed with a B- or better. This was the requirement for my program. I know that other programs are a little different . The chance of getting into a Supervised-Practice program or Dietetic Internship is greater if you do well in your DPD courses and maintain a high GPA (3.2+).
- Complete about 1200 hours in Supervised Practice. Also known as a Dietetic Internship (DI). You also have to pay for this internship – I don’t really like calling it an Internship, it’s more like you’re paying for tuition (usually $10,000, unless you lucky). You will receive a second verification statement proving that you completed the program.
- Successfully pass the national Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR requires candidates to submit original Verification Statements from both the DPD and DI Programs.
For a more in depth explanation, please see my other posts: Didactic Program Schedule