Today is a special day in National Nutrition Month. Today is RD/RDN Day! I am so excited because this is my first RD Day as a licensed dietitian! Feels great to have a personal mini holiday other than my birthday :) Congratulations to all of my friends/coworkers on RD Day today, too!
In honor of RD Day, I wanted to explain the current requirements for practicing dietitians, and if you are interested or know someone who is interested in becoming a dietitian, fill free to keep reading, and to visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
Firstly, let's breakdown the acronym: RD and RDN. RD stands for Registered Dietitian, and RDN stands for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. What is important to know is that RD = RDN, and vice versa. Whether the dietitian wants to be called an RD or an RDN is just a matter of choice. (Some opt not to have the Nutritionist next to their name, because even though all dietitians are nutritionists, not all nutritionists are dietitians. Since this can get confusing, some people, like me, just drop the "N", and keep RD :)
Anyways, this day is specifically devoted to celebrate the hard work of all of the current, practicing dietitians around the world. Dietitians go through a lot of schooling and training to become nutrition experts, and to decipher between evidenced-based nutrition advice, and false dietary claims to make the world a healthier place.
The requirements to become a dietitian are listed below:
- Bachelor's Degree at a 4-year, accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- ACEND-accredited Dietetic Residency at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies.
- Passed a national board examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
- Complete continuing education courses every few years to stay on top of the latest evidenced-based research and best practices.
Thanks to all who have helped me become a dietitian today! Celebrating RD Day feels great! Cheers! :)