After 5 years of undergrad and 1200+ hours of supervised practice experience I am officially a Registered Dietitian as of August 10. All that studying really paid off as I actually felt pretty confident and not stressed like I normally do when taking an exam. The most stressful part was when the computer froze and I had to wait 45 minutes while they tried to figure out what the problem was. Thankfully, the exam picked up right where I left off and I didn’t have to start over.
So what is a registered dietitian (RD)? Here’s the official “definition” from the American Dietetic Association…
A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RD.” In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. State requirements frequently are met through the same education and training required to become an RD.
The majority of registered dietitians work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, as part of medical teams), often in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health care facilities. In addition, a large number of registered dietitians work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of registered dietitians work with food and nutrition industry and business, journalism, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs and other non-traditional work settings.
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