Become an RD

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What is a Registered & Licensed Dietitian?

A Registered & Licensed Dietitian (RD, LD) is a health professional uniquely trained to translate the technical science of nutrition into a total program that promotes optimal wellness with diet, exercise and lifestyle management. This service is called medical nutrition therapy and is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individual through an assessment of the clients overall nutritional status, followed by a personalized prescribed course of treatment.
A Registered Dietitian is qualified by completing:

* Baccalaureate degree in nutrition and food management
* Dietetic Internship accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (clinical and administrative experience)
* National Registration Examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
* Application for State Licensure
Many RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as Pediatrics, Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management or Diabetes Education.

Nutrition Professionals work as Registered Dietitian (RD) or as Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR). 
These Professionals work in a wide variety of settings in Arkansas such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Long term care facilities like nursing homes
  • Public health clinics
  • County Extension services
  • Food businesses
  • School food service
  • Consultants for clinics, nursing homes , public relations or journalistic projects
Education Programs in Arkansas 

There are five programs in Arkansas that offers the Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and there are two Dietetic Internship programs that enable the student to complete the necessary practical experience to become a RD. There are many other Bachelors Degrees and internships in the United States.  There are also 2 programs that offer advanced degrees for RDs.

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 Dietetic professionals are the food and nutrition experts!

No other professional has the knowledge and expertise in food science, food service management and nutrition in health, disease, wellness and disease prevention as does the Dietetic Technician and the Registered Dietitian. More and more Americans are recognizing the fact that health and well being are connected to sound nutrition practices. Americans are turning to RD’s and DTR’s for the information they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.