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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.

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Accredited Education Programs

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is the Academy's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered.


Registered Dietitian (RD)

 

Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics

Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
Bachelor's and graduate level — dietitian coursework and supervised practice for RD eligibility (combined program)

Dietetic Technician Programs

Dietetic Technician Programs
Associate's degree — DT coursework and supervised practice for DTR eligibility

OR  
Didactic Programs in Dietetics

Didactic Programs in Dietetics
Bachelor's and graduate level - dietitian coursework only (must be completed before the Dietetic Internship required for RD eligibility)

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Dietetic Internship Programs

Dietetic Internships
Post bachelor's — supervised practice only for RD eligibility (must complete DPD and at least a bachelor's degree before entry)

 


Important Note

Only graduates of ACEND-accredited programs are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered. Individuals who only have degrees in nutrition, dietetics or other related areas from programs that are not ACEND-accredited are NOT ELIGIBLE to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered. Several programs that are NOT accredited by ACEND include:

  • American InterContinental University
  • Ashford University
  • Ashworth College
  • Capella University
  • Clayton College of Natural Health
 
  • Huntington College of Health Sciences
  • Jones International University
  • Kaplan University
  • National American University
  • University of Phoenix

Please contact the ACEND office at 800/877-1600 ext.5400 if you have questions.