Registered dietitians help people by promoting healthy eating habits and recommending dietary modifications to increase a person’s health.
There are four major areas of practice for those interested in gaining their Master of Science in Nutrition, including clinical, community health and wellness, management, and consultant dietetics.
Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria and earned the RD or RDN credential:
The following are examples of career paths students can take after gaining their master’s in nutrition and dietetics:
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Careers in Dietetics: Becoming a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. “Educational and Professional Requirements”
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
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