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From: Mark Rifkin (
Subject:         Re: Becoming an RD
Date: July 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Becoming an RD posted by Tatum on July 20, 2008 at 6:21 am:

Hi Tatum,

Thanks for your question. If you get your credential from accredited institutions, you can acquire additional training in any aspect of nutrition you choose, and market yourself accordingly.

First step is a university 4-yr program in nutrition. The most holistic accredited program is at Bastyr in Washington state. If you already have a degree, but not in nutrition, you don't need another 4-yr degree in most states. You simply need to take the nutrition courses and any prerequisites you never had. Contact your state licensing board to verify that any degree plus the core content in nutrition is adequate. I have contact info for most state licensing boards if you need it.

Following the university program is an internship, which may be coordinated through a university or through other institutions. After that is a proctored exam, and obtaining a state license.

Once you complete those steps successfully, you have an RD. If you choose to specialize in holistic nutrition, that's fine.

Listings for university degree programs and internships is at the ADA website,

Hope that helps,
Mark Rifkin

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