Dietetics/Nutrition Preparation Guide

To become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you must earn at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition to coursework, a practical supervised training in an accredited program is required. This dietetic internship teaches the application of scientific nutrition and dietetics principles to a variety of work settings. After completion of the practical supervised training in an accredited program, the RD/RDN has passed a national examination and completes ongoing continuing education requirements.

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Academic Pre-Requisites:

PLEASE NOTE – The following courses should be taken for letter grades (not P/NP). AP scores are typically not accepted for the courses listed below. Required major prep varies from campus to campus. Make sure to consult for individual college major prep.

Most Schools Require:

  • Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition
  • Diet Therapy
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology

Some Schools May Require:

  • General Psychology
  • Additional Chemistry, like Organic Chemistry
  • Higher level math, like Pre-Calculus