Pathways to Become an RD/RDN


Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Prior to January 1, 2024, graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at Andrews University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. 

For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website:

For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

Andrews University utilizes Options 1 as a track to becoming an RD/RDN as described by the CDR. Through the dietetic internship, Andrews University offers credit toward completion of the MS Nutrition and Wellness degree. For more information about these pathways outlined by the CDR, click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN after January 1st, 2024 - click here.

For more information regarding the MS in Nutrition & Wellness Program that is offered at Andrews University, please visit this page.