Becoming a Dietitian

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What is a Registered Dietitian?. A Registered Dietician is an expert in the area of foods and nutrition who has met certain criteria to obtain the RD credential.. Requirements. Minimum of a bachelor's degree Coursework approved by the Commission on Accreditation for DieteticsInternshipPass the R

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1. Becoming a Dietitian By Kristin Anne Tindle

2. What is a Registered Dietitian? A Registered Dietician is an expert in the area of foods and nutrition who has met certain criteria to obtain the RD credential.

3. Requirements Minimum of a bachelor’s degree Coursework approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Internship Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians Educational Requirements to maintain registration

4. College Coursework Sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Anatomy) Foodservice Management Business Computer Science Culinary Arts Psychology Communications

5. Universities/Colleges With CADE Approved Dietetic Programs in Michigan University of Michigan School of Public Health Andrews University Marygrove College Michigan State University Western Michigan University Madonna University Northern Michigan University Central Michigan University

6. Registration Examination for Dietitians Evaluates ability to perform at entry-level 5 Components Food and Nutrition Clinical and Community Nutrition Education and Research Food and Nutrition Systems Management

7. Computerized RD Examination Results with the click of a button (no more 6 week waiting period) Flexible Test Administration Retesting Available in six weeks Unique test based on examinee’s entry-level competence

8. Where do RDs work? Hospitals, HMOs or other health care facilities Food and nutrition-related businesses Private Practice Universities and medical centers Others

9. Salaries Salaries vary with location, experience, type of RD (clinical, private practice, etc.) Employment expected to grow through 2005 Entry-level RDs employed full time for five years (according to ADA’s 1997 Membership Database) 61% earned $25,000-$30,000 per year 26% earned $35,000-$45,000

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