Are you interested in a career in nutrition? Becoming a registered dietitian (RD) can be a very rewarding career.
There are a few steps that you need to take to become an RD.
1. Receive a Bachelorís degree from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), whose curriculum consists of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework. California universities that offer this are:
a. California State University, Los Angeles b. California State University, Northridge c. California State University, Long Beach d. California State University, San Bernardino e. California State University, Chico f. California State University, Fresno g. California State University, Sacramento h. San Diego State University i. San Francisco State University j. San Jose State University k. Cal Poly Pomona l. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo m. Pepperdine University n. Point Loma Nazarene University o. UC Berkeley p. UC Davis
2. Complete a dietetic internship (DI). Currently all dietetic internships must provide at least 1200 hours of supervised practice. This is usually completed in 8-24 months, depending on the program. In the DI you will get experience in many different areas of dietetics so that you can find out what career will work for you.
3. Take the Registered Dietitian Exam (RD Exam). This is a national standardized computer-based test. Once you pass this test, you are now a registered dietitian! Some of the schools have coordinated or combined dietetic internships where, in just 2 short years, you can earn your Masterís degree in nutrition or public health and complete the dietetic internship.
Getting a dietetic internship can be competitive, so make sure to keep your grades up and volunteer and work in the nutrition field as much as possible. All of your hard work will pay off when you have a lifelong career that you love, helping people and communities to be healthy. For more information on becoming a Registered Dietitian, visit http://www.eatright.org/students/getstarted/highschool.aspx
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