In order to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and to practice as an RDN, the following steps must be completed:
1. After successful graduation from Tennessee Tech’s DPD (Nutrition and Dietetics) program, gain acceptance and complete an accredited supervised practice program.
2. Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement to be approved for eligibility for the registration exam for RDNs will change from a bachelors’ degree to a graduate degree. All students will need to complete a graduate degree to sit for the credentialing exam, in addition to completing the supervised practice program.
3. Pass the national credentialing examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
4. Obtain appropriate licensure in the state in which you will practice.
The Nutrition and Dietetics concentration is an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD); which requires a mandatory enrollment policy. A total of 20 students will be enrolled each year at the junior level, and a total of 20 students will be enrolled each year at the senior level. Students should plan to apply for admission into upper division dietetics during the sophomore year. As part of the requirements for successfully completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics and to receive a Verification Statement: a minimum grade of C is required in all Science courses. See www.tntech.edu/hec for application details as well as the DPD Student Handbook.