Registered Dietitian Requirements

What Are the Requirements to Become a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

  • Complete a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) course work approved by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Complete a Dietetic Internship accredited by ACEND.
  • Pass the national credentialing examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • After passing the exam, an RD/RDN must complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration status.

Full Time Track & WIC Track

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship consists of a full time track and a WIC track. The WIC track is dedicated to accepting only qualified WIC staff currently working in any contracted Arizona WIC Local Agency.
  • Full time dietetic interns will begin in early September and complete the program in late April.
  • WIC dietetic interns will begin in early September and complete the program in the end of May.

Performance & Graduation

Intern performance is evaluated on an ongoing basis throughout the internship. Satisfactory performance and practice skills must be demonstrated throughout the program as evaluated by each site director or preceptor. Dietetic interns are eligible for graduation from the program when assignments and required number of hours are completed satisfactorily. All competencies for entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (core and public health concentration competencies for supervised practice) must be met by graduation. Dietetic interns who successfully complete the program will receive a signed program verification statement and will be eligible to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians.