What is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN)?

A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition professional who has met the academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential. A registered dietitian, or RD, has a bachelor’s or master's degree in a nutrition-related field, completed a certified and accredited internship in a health-care facility, food service company, or community agency and passed a state examination to receive the final credential. They are also required to complete continuing education to maintain this credential. As nutrition experts, RDs often go into fields where they are able to treat or prevent disease through nutritional care, working in private practice, clinical or hospital settings, or other related healthcare facilities.

In the nutritional care field, RDs hold the highest degree of certification, having gone through extensive years of education and training to receive their credential. Many RDs will often continue on to receive even more advanced certifications in specialized fields.