Becoming an RD

Requirements

  • Completion at a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in dietetics or a related field from an accredited college or university. Completion indicates that the student has met all requirements of a given program and those of The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements in a program approved/accredited by the The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • The DPD Program at the University of New Hampshire is the first step to becoming a registered Dietitian. The Pathway consists of completing the DPD Program, earning a Bachelor’s degree and obtaining a Verification Statement of Completion
  • After you receive your degree, you will then need to complete a supervised practice experience by completing a ACEND-accredited internship
  • You will then be eligible to take the Examination for Dietetic Registration to become credentialed as an RD. Passing the exam will credential you as an RD
  • Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree will need to have their transcripts evaluated by the DPD Director. You will be required to meet the requirements of the UNH DPD to obtain a Verification Statement. A minimum of three core courses will be required.
  • The following link will bring you to the Flow Chart that depicts the pathway.

Important Notes

  • Should new DPD requirements become an official part of the curriculum and are published in the UNH Undergraduate Catalog, students entering the program will be required to meet the new DPD requirements.
  • In accordance with university policy, students already enrolled in the program when the new DPD requirements go into effect have the option of either meeting the DPD requirements that were in place when they enrolled at UNH or adopting the new DPD requirements as long as the catalog is less than 5 years old.
  • Students who are readmitted into the program will be required to meet the requirements of the plan that is in effect when they reenter the program.
  • This career requires a total commitment of five (or six) years of education.