Pathway to Becoming an RD
For students pursuing the online dietetics degree, the major steps to becoming an RD are as follows:
- Be admitted as a Nutrition and Health pre-Dietetics student.
- Once your coursework is underway, you must then be admitted into the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Refer to the didactic program student handbook (PDF) for specific details and the criteria for completing. The Dietetics degree program requirements (PDF) are:
- 120 credit hours (60 credit hours, can come from a two-year institution)
- B or better grade in all science and professional classes. Additional classes required for degree include:
- Food and Health: Safety, Allergies and Intolerances OR Microbiology
- Organic Chemistry
- Dietetic related courses
- C or better grade in general education requirements
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Verification Statement confirming completion of the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
- Apply and be accepted into an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
- Pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.
If you have already completed a bachelor's degree in nutrition or dietetics or a master's degree or are currently pursuing a master's and would like information about the option of pursuing a didactic program in dietetics verification statement without completing the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, please email email@example.com.
2024 CDR Graduate Degree Mandate
Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a graduate degree (in any field) for eligibility to take the registered dietitian nutrition (RDN) credentialing exam. For more information see the CDR New Graduate Eligibility Requirements.
Options for completing the 2024 credentialing requirements through K-State include:
- B.S. in Dietetics and an M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences
- M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences and the DPD Completion Option (non-degree DPD courses)
- DPD Completion Option (for those who already hold a master’s degree)