How the Keith & Associates Distance Dietetic Internship (KADDI) Fits into the Credentialing Process for a Registered Dietitian

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics gives an explanation of the educational and professional requirements to become a dietitian on their webpage.  

Quoted from ACEND Factsheet (http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/)

How KADDI Fits into the Professional Pathway

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential

 

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

Applicants to the KADDI must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of ≥3.0. Grades of A or B are expected in all didactic coursework.

  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.

 

The KADDI 32-week internship is an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. In order to graduate, an intern must pass all of the assignments in the program, thus fulfilling all the ACEND required competencies. Interns must also take a final competency exam (more about this later in the handbook) in order to receive a verification statement which is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to sit for the national credentialing examination.

  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at www.cdrnet.org.

 

KADDI staff sends the required paperwork to CDR within two weeks of graduation from the internship. Graduates are usually notified they can take the exam shortly thereafter.

  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

During the internship, students will complete a draft Professional Development Portfolio that will help prepare them for planning professional educational experiences after they pass the RDN exam.

  • Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. These are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for the Academy, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required.

The elective concentration during the last 5 weeks of the internship does NOT lead to any additional certification. The purpose is to enable interns to explore a more specific area of dietetics practice. KADDI offers two concentration experiences (business and entrepreneurship OR community nutrition). The intern may choose only one.

In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.