What is an RD/RDN/NDTR?

Illinois Academy members work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, food service management, public health, wellness programs, sports, education, school food service, research, and private practice.


Registered Dietitians (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are individuals who have:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Completed pre-professional experience approved by ACEND
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Completed continuing professional education requirements

Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) are individuals who have:

  • Completed at least a two-year associate’s degree approved by ACEND including supervised practice experience
  • Passed a national examination administered by CDR
  • Completed continuing professional education requirements

Fellow of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are dietitians who have:

  • Exhibited characteristics of advanced-level practice
  • Earned a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Accumulated at least eight years of work experience.

Board Certified Specialists are dietitians who have:

  • At least 4000 hours of practice experience as an RD in the last five years in the specialty
  • Successfully completed a specialty certification examination that emphasizes applying dietetics principles to the solution of clinical problems


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Fact Sheet