Requirements and process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential

Quoted from Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics Factsheet available at Accessed 3/29/19



How the Keith & Associates Internship Program Fits into the Professional Pathway

Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college or foreign equivalent, and coursework through an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic (DPD), Coordinated (CP), Future Graduate (FG) or Foreign (FDE) or International Dietitian Education (IDE) program. For a list of accredited programs, see Effective 1/1/2024, a master's degree will be required to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration RDN credentialing exam

Applicants to KADDI must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics.


A cumulative grade point average of ≥3.0 and grades of A or B is expected in all didactic coursework. KADDI also gives all applicants an aptitude exam.



Completed required supervised practice/experience through an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI), Coordinated (CP), Future Graduate (FG) or International Dietitian Education (IDE) Program or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) offered through an ACEND- accredited program. Information on ACEND accredited programs at

The KADDI 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 In order to maintain the credential, an RDN must complete continuing professional educational requirements.

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

Licensure may be required. Information for specific states is available at

KADDI provides five verification statements with original signatures at program completion.