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Student Exam Prep (StEP)

Student Exam Prep (StEP) is designed for anyone preparing to take the registration exam. Users have access to a database of more than 700 in-depth questions covering all domains of the exam.

Evidence Analysis Library

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Use Academy Evidence-Based Guidelines to apply cutting-edge, synthesized research to practice!

Joining the Academy

Joining the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's leading organization of food and health professionals, will enable you to enhance your educational preparation and gain access to a wealth of career building resources. When you become an Academy student member, you automatically become entitled to all the following benefits:

  • Network with other dietetics students via the Web-based Student Community of Interest (CoI), which connects Academy student members nationwide, provides a communication vehicle for your student representatives, allows you to access cutting-edge information about the profession, read useful Web sites and articles, share ideas and more.
  • Become eligible for leadership opportunities on the Student Advisory Committee.
  • Obtain free membership in your state dietetic organization and become eligible for state and national Outstanding Dietetics Student Awards.
  • Access the Academy's Student Member Web section and the student online newsletter, the Academy Student Scoop.
  • Access the monthly Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics online, the award-winning Food & Nutrition, subscribe to the Daily News and more.
  • Apply for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation scholarships (for US citizens or permanent residents).
  • Access to Eat Right Careers for the latest information on the profession's hottest job opportunities.
  • Obtain student liability insurance and special member rates on credit cards, car rental and hotel accommodations.
  • Obtain reduced student rates at the Academy's Annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE).


Any person who meets one of the following:

  • Is a student enrolled in a ACEND-accredited/approved dietetics program or supervised practice program who does not meet requirements for Active membership, or
  • Is a student enrolled in a regionally accredited, post-secondary education program which is non-ACEND accredited. This classification is available to students who state their intent to enter a ACEND-accredited program, or
  • Is a current Active member returning to school on a full-time basis for a baccalaureate or advanced degree or to complete a ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internship or Coordinated Program) — annual verification required.


  • Vote in national or affiliate elections.
  • Hold appointed positions at national and Affiliate levels if a resident of the United States or U.S. territories.

Additional Information

This membership category carries a 6-year limit.

Remember, not all dietetics programs are accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Dues and Fees

Annual Dues: $50
Processing Fee: none

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