A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
Bachelor Degree with course work approved by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
Complete an accredited, supervised, experiential practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
A RD can hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition and diabetes education. About half of all registered dietitians work in clinical settings, private practice or health-care facilities. Many work in community and public health settings, academia and research, business, journalism, sports nutrition and wellness programs.
Dietetic technicians, registered, (DTRs), often work in partnership with registered dietitians, they screen, evaluate, and educate patients. A DTR will monitor and assist in the management of patient with diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
DTRs work in settings such as:
hospitals and clinics
home health-care programs
foodservice providers public health agencies
government and community programs such as Meals on Wheels
weight management clinics
A DTR must complete a two-year Associate Degree in an approved dietetic technician program, have supervised practice experience and pass a nation wide examination to earn the DTR credential and must complete continuing education courses throughout their careers.
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