Registered Dietitians (RDs) are prolific, experienced and educated experts in nutrition. While there are a variety of nutrition practitioners, when working with a RD, you can be assured that you are speaking with an individual who has:
- Completed an accredited program to earn a bachelor, master or doctorate degree in nutrition. The coursework includes: chemistry, biochemistry, human physiology, food studies, counseling skills, food service management and nutrition sciences.
- Completed a rigorous internship, which includes experience in a variety of clinical disciplines, food service management and community nutrition programs.
- Passed a national exam administered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Maintains professional status through continuing education courses
- Many dietitians also earn certificates in specific nutrition disciplines including: renal disease, diabetes or pediatric nutrition.
Dietitians are employed as nutrition experts in many areas including: medical settings, private practices, food service operations, university or research positions, corporate wellness, health clubs, school food and restaurant consulting. Many dietitians work in multiple settings throughout their career.
Dietitians offer practical, evidence-based advice. Every dietitian has a unique understanding of nutrition through his or her own professional and life experiences but you can be assured that when you work with a registered dietitian you will encounter a skilled and knowledgeable professional.