DTRs receive their credential through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). To become a DTR, you must meet the following educational requirements:


  • Complete a dietetic technician program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This includes completion of at least a two year associate’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. The program also requires 450 hours of supervised practice experience in various community programs, health care facilities, and food service facilities. (View a list of approved dietetic technician programs.)


  • Complete coursework in an ACEND-accredited didactic program or coordinated program in dietetics and complete at least a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. (View a list of approved didactic programs.)


(2) After completing the above coursework, you must pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). (View more information about the exam.) (exam study guides)

(3) In order to maintain your DTR registration, DTRs are required to complete 50 CPEUs (Continuing Professional Education Units) during a 5-year reporting period. This is done through your Professional Development Portfolio Guide.

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