The majority of students completing DPD requirements at Cornell pursue supervised dietetics practice, a necessary step to become eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination for Dietitians (Registered Dietitian). The Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential is the most widely held credential of nutrition practitioners. A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who is a translator of the science and art of foods, nutrition, and dietetics in the service of people. Many jobs in nutrition require the R.D. credential to be considered for employment. Registered Dietitians work in a wide variety of settings including management, community, research and clinical settings. Some R.D.s practice in highly specialized areas such as pediatrics, diabetes management, nutrition support, eating disorders and oncology. Successful completion of the DPD also prepares students to sit for the National Registration Examination for Diet Technicians. For more information on what an R.D. and a DTR are, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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