How to Become a Registered Dietitian

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.

Educational and Professional Requirements*

*While the process above is the most common route students take, there are
other pathways to becoming an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here. For more information on North Carolina licensure, please visit the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition website.

State Licensure Agency Map and Contact List

Find licensure information about individual states using the Academy’s licensure map or by viewing its licensure spreadsheet.

Thank you for your Interest!

You can connect with a graduate admissions counselor in a variety of ways—choose the one that’s most convenient for you. We look forward to hearing from you!


Contact Information
Cathie Ostrowski
Martin Hall, Suite 122
(919) 760-8419
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The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted accredited status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606 | (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400