Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
I have met the following academic and professional requirements to earn my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential:
Earned a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework included food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, anatomy and chemistry.
Completed an accredited, supervised practice internship at health-care facilities, community agencies and food service corporations.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Maintain continuing professional educational requirements for recertification.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist I have worked in the treatment and prevention of disease, administering Medical Nutrition Therapy, as part of medical teams in hospitals settings.
I have experience working in the Nutritional Services Department of various hospitals including, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Cincinnati Children's, Rutherford Regional Health Systems, Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida Hospital for Children, and The Baby Place at Florida Hospital’s Women’s Center.
The "RDN" credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Some RDNs may call themselves "Nutritionists," but not all Nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition and requirements for the term "Nutritionist" vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation "Nutritionist," but in other states, virtually anyone can call him- or herself a "Nutritionist" regardless of education or training.