JavaScript DHTML Drop Down Menu By Milonic Qualifications of a Registered Dietitian from the Academy

Welcome to the

Health Community

  • Normal Size Larger Size Largest SizeText Size
  • Print this Page
  • Email this Page
  • Bookmark this Page
Nutrition Care Manual
Nutrition Care ManualSubscribe

The Academy's Nutrition Care Manual is a comprehensive online resource that covers all aspects of nutrition management. NCM’s user-friendly resources include:

  • Disease-specific nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation recommendations.
  • Printable client handouts in English and Spanish.
  • Formulary database.
Evidence Analysis Library

What you will find inside the Academy's Evidence Analysis Library:

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

Qualifications of a Registered Dietitian

A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
  • Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

 

Approximately 50% of RDs hold advanced degrees. Some RDs also hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support and diabetes education.

Registered dietitians who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are not only food and nutrition experts—they are leaders in the field of dietetics. Every one of the Academy's wide array of member benefits is designed to advance their knowledge and skills and enhance their networking opportunities.