What Is An RDN?
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a nutrition professional that has completed extensive education and training to be certified to practice and provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). RDN's translate the complex science of nutrition into practical everyday solutions for healthy living. This is not to be confused with anyone who can call themselves a 'nutritionist' - as this is not regulated. All Registered Dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians.
Completed a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at a US accredited university or college and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
RDN's work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, universities, community centers, private practice, food companies, gyms, in research and more.