To become a registered dietitian, first get at minimum a bachelor's degree from a program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Then, complete a practice program that is accredited and supervised. Finally, pass the national exam.
- Get a degree
The minimum degree required to become a dietitian is a bachelor's degree. The degree has to come from an accredited university or college within the United States. Some of the courses necessary to study include food service systems, nutrition sciences, food, biochemistry, microbiology and physiology.
- Complete a practice program
Complete a practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Most practice programs range from six to 12 months. They can be completed most often at health care facilities, community agencies and food service corporations.
- Take the national exam
The national exam is a test administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In order to become a registered dietitian a person has to pass the national exam. The Commission on Dietetic Registration sells study guides for the test on their website. Once the test is passed and certification is given, all registered dietitians have to continue completing education requirements throughout their careers in order to maintain their qualifications.