Licensure and Certification

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here.


Graduation from the program establishes eligibility to apply to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians administrated by The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon successful completion of the examination the student will receive the Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

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Graduation from the program and successful completion of the registration exam establishes eligibility to apply to become a Licensed Dietitian (L.D.).

For information on licensure in the State of Arkansas:

For Information on Licensure in Other States: Licensure By State Data Table

Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure registration or licensure. Each student is responsible for familiarizing himself/herself with the applicable registration requirements.

How to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Follow the links below for information on the process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist