What does it take to become a Registered Dietitian?

Although the terms dietitian and nutritionist are commonly used interchangeably, there are important differences between the two. All Registered Dietitians are considered nutritionists, that is, someone who has studied nutrition; however, not all nutritionists can also call themselves dietitians.

A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who has met the following academic and professional requirements:

Over half of RDs also hold advanced degrees. Some hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support and diabetes education.

Learn more about the educational and professional experience of FEED’s Registered Dietitians: Lara, Amanda and Kristin.

 

Research for this post was provided by dietetic intern and RD-to-be, Alex Forsythe.


Kristin Houts MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in digestive health issues, modified diets due to food intolerance, and is an expert in the Low-FODMAP diet. Follow along as she documents her own experience living with dietary restrictions on her Instagram, @KristinHouts_RD.