What if I completed a bachelor’s degree in a major other than foods and nutrition? What do I need to do to become a RDN?
If your degree comes from an accredited college or university in the United States, you do not need to complete another bachelor’s degree. However, you do still need to complete ACEND- accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements before applying to a supervised practice program. In most cases, there is little additional coursework required beyond the DPD in order to complete the second degree and degree-seeking students have the advantage of financial aid eligibility. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Director will review your college transcripts and advise you as to the undergraduate coursework you will need to take to complete DPD requirements and become eligible to apply for supervised practice programs, such as dietetic internships. If you are an international student, you should contact the registrar’s office. They will need to evaluate your college transcripts and determine the equivalency to US coursework prior to review of your transcripts by the DPD Director. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers additional information for international applicants.