Becoming an Registered Dietitian (RDN)

The Cornell Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) from 2001‐2024. To be eligible for the internship, applicants must have completed or be completing (by the start of the internship) an ACEND-accredited DPD program and have received or be receiving (by the start of the internship) at least a Bachelor's degree from a US regionally-accredited college or university. Completing this internship and receipt of the Verification Statement requires satisfactory performance of the community, clinical and management rotations including >1450 hours of supervised practice, three graduate courses and other didactic sessions; presentation of the pilot research project at the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting; membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; participation in the exit interview; and payment of all internship fees/tuition. The Verification Statement is required for eligibility certification to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination for dietitians, which must be passed to become an RDN.  Effective January 1, 2024, the CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become an RDN. 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. 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.  Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program at Cornell University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. The first time pass rate on the registration exam of Cornell DI graduates is 96% for the past five years.** In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. New York State has certification of dietitians and nutritionists. Some NY employers may require dietitian/nutritionist certification. For more information about state licensure requirements visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration site.  Cornell University also offers an MS+Dietetics option and PhD programs for applicants interested in advanced degrees.

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