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From MS/DI to RDN

Those who have at least a bachelor’s degree and a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to apply for an internship. However, starting in 2024, a master's degree will be required to sit for the registration exam. 

ISU offers a combined Masters of Science in Nutrition / Dietetic Internship program in three locations: Pocatello, Twin Falls and Meridian.

Master's Degree Requirement

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 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 (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Idaho State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MS-DI program at Idaho State 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.
Please see ACEND's website for information about educational pathways to become an RDN.

How the MS/DI Fits into the Credentialing Process

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Those who successfullyc omplete the ISU MS/Dietetic Internship Program, which includes completing coursework for a Masters of Science in Nutrition and a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice, receive a graduate diploma and DI Verification Statement.

The DI Verification Statement establishes eligibility to sit for the national standardized exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Those who successfully pass the exam may use the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential.  Once the RDN credential is obtained, state licensure may be applied for where applicable.

Learn more about licensure requirements by state.

Eligibility for the RDN Exam

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To be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam, you must possess two Verification Statements:

For information on achieving the DPD Verification Statement see the ACEND® website.

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