Becoming A Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Verification Statement Policy

The Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) requires written verification from the program director that an Intern has successfully completed the requirements for the Dietetic Internship Program in order to determine eligibility for taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians. In addition, graduates are provided with Verification Statements upon conclusion of the program which may be required for a variety of reasons other than to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for Dietitians, such as applications for jobs and/or graduate programs.

These statements are submitted to CDR following program completion. The Program Director initiates the application and verifies eligibility for registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, but it is the Intern’s responsibility to accurately complete the remaining paperwork and schedule the examination. Each Intern will be provided with the following forms as part of the Intern Exit Packet which must be completed and returned to the Program Director 30 days before the end of the last rotation and before Verification Statements are released:

  • Name/Address Verification Form – CDR Copy
  • RDE Misuse Form
  • Transcript Degree/Confirmation Release Form.

When program completion has been verified by the Program Director, six Verification Forms with the Program Director’s original signature will be mailed to the graduate at his/her last recorded address. It is important to keep the Program and Program Director informed of any address changes.

Registration Examination for Dietitians

Following successful completion of the Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Internship Program, graduates will be eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Interns will be provided with preparation for the examination throughout the program.

Registration involves passing the above referenced national comprehensive written examination, followed by the accumulation of 75 hours of approved continuing education every five years to maintain the credential. The registration examination is administered continuously each year at designated locations throughout the United States. The exam requires computation, critical thinking, and interpretation of data to solve problems, make decisions, select a course of action, or apply knowledge within a practice setting. Exam questions deal with clinical nutrition, food service management, and a “core” of general information and application. In addition, the Program Director will provide Intern exit packets prior to graduation with additional details on the examination.

Interns are strongly advised to take the examination when they feel fully prepared. Typically, this is 3-6 months following graduation from the Dietetic Internship Program and before an Intern starts their first job.

State Licensure

Forty-six states have enacted legislation regulating the practice of dietetics. State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Information on state licensure and certification is provided here as a service to licensed dietetics professionals and state licensure boards. The following links can be found by going to the CDR link at eatright.org regarding licensure:

  • Laws that Regulate Dietitians/Nutritionists
  • State Licensure Agency List
  • Verification of CPE Hours for Licensure Purpose