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Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

When you graduate from the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program, you will receive a verification statement enabling you to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination

The requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) include:

  • Completing a bachelor’s degree and receiving a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited program (Didactic Program in Dietetics, Coordinated Program, Future Graduate Program, Foreign or International Dietitian Education Program) Note, effective January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Completing an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship program or Individual Supervised Practice Pathway is an option. Supervised practice/experiential learning is combined with the Coordinated Program, Future Graduate Program, and International Dietitian Education Program.
  • Passing the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
  • Gaining licensure in your state of practice, if applicable.  State Certificate/licensure is required in Massachusetts to practice, however each state has their own requirements for RDN licensure, with some states not requiring licensure to practice.
  • Maintaining continuing education

Merrimack’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance  is considered a Future Education Model program in which it combines a Masters Degree and Supervised Experiential Learning to prepare graduates for entry-level dietetic practice and eligibility for the registration examination.

Upon successful completion of the 1000 hours in supervised experiential learning, along with ten didactic courses, graduates are then provided a verification statement allowing the graduate to be eligible for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.

Merrimack’s MS in Nutrition and Human Performance meets the professional licensing requirements of the following states: AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, PR

All states not listed above, to the best of our knowledge, do not require professional licensure to practice within the profession.

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