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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.

How the MS/DI Fits into the Credentialing Process

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Those who successfully complete 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 (CDR). 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.

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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