Nutritional Sciences Program
Verification Statement/Credentialing Process
PATH TO BECOMING A REGISTERED DIETITIAN (RD/RDN)
Students must fulfill the following three major requirements in order to become a Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN).
- First, students must complete all educational requirements established by the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Morgan State University, and all other graduation obligations of the University. Upon graduation, students will receive a Verification Statement, a requirement for the Internship Program. Students may apply for the Dietetic Internship during their last semesterat Morgan, however, students are advised to start the application process very early since it is time consuming and requires much detail.
- Second, students complete a Dietetic Internship experience which is a practical, hands-on phase. This is sometimes referred to as supervised practice. This is a very competitive program and the students accepted into these programs each year are based on overall GPA, well-roundedness, among other qualifying factors established by the program. Faculty members provide guidance to students through the application process, but they are not a part of the decision making process. After all pertinent information is submitted, the selection is done by computer matching.
- Third, students are required to pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. This exam is administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students are encouraged to review and sit for the exam as soon as possible after completing the Internship Program.
Students who pass the Registration examination for Dietitians, use the RD/RDN credential after their name, signifying their knowledge and expertise in foods, nutrition and dietetics. Registered Dietitians are required to engage in continuing professional development after obtaining the RD/RDN credential.
A Verification Statement signifies that the student has completed the academic and practice requirements for the DPD Program. The Statement is therefore issued to all Nutritional Sciences degree seeking students on or after the day of graduation from the Program. An original copy of the Verification Statement is kept in each student's file for 5 years.
All non-degree seeking students wishing to earn a Verification Statement at Morgan State University must complete the courses listed in the attached
Nutritional Sciences handbook. Each course must be completed with a "C" grade or better. Students must fulfill pre-requisite or co-requisite course requirements (as appropriate) to take the courses listed here.
Track To Becoming A Registered Dietitian
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met at least the minimum academic requirements of a B.S degree from a U.S university or college, and have been verified by a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The registered dietitian will be a graduate who will have successfully completed the Supervised Practice Program (Internship Program); passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians; earned the designated number of continuing education credits; and be current with registration maintenance fees.
Students who successfully complete the Nutritional Science Program at Morgan State University must receive supervised practice experience in a program accredited by ACEND in order to become a Registered Dietitian. Contact information about programs nationwide can be obtained from the current Directory of Dietetic Programs published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Placements in Supervised Practice Programs are competitive and students are encouraged to maintain high academic standing. Upon successful completion of the supervised practice experience students are eligible to set the Registration Examination.
Credentialing Agency: Commission On Dietetic Registration (CDR)
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Commission is an independent Authority that establishes and enforces standards for certification. The certifications include, among others, the Registered Dietitian (RD/N) and the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).
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