Nutrition and Dietetics FAQs

Does completing the nutrition and dietetics degree make me a registered dietitian (RD)?

No. Students who complete the undergraduate nutrition major requirements MUST meet the requirements for and complete the RD internship at the master’s level in order to become a registered dietitian. They also must pass the national registration exam. Ask your advisor for more details.

Because the AND requires an internship and the responsibilities for dietitians are ever increasing, we strongly encourage our qualified undergraduates to continue into our graduate program and become registered dietitians.

What happens if I don’t go on to become an RD? Can I still get a job with my bachelor’s degree?

Yes! There are many opportunities for graduates of our major. Graduates of the B.S. program in Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to apply for  Nutritionist I position in the Health Department of most states. They can also apply to take the registration exam to be a registered dietetic technician (DTR). Talk to your advisor or visit WCU Career Services for information and advice.

What is required of a student to obtain a Dietetic Internship?

The Dietetic Internship is designed to provide clinical experiences established by the Standards of Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Students who successfully complete the internship are eligible to take the national registration exam of the AND, and on passing the examination become registered dietitians (RD) and active members of the AND.

To obtain a Dietetic Internship a student must successfully complete an undergraduate degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND),the accrediting body of the  AND, or have a baccalaureate degree from any accredited school but have all of the didactic courses completed from an ACEND-accredited program.

If someone has a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nutrition, they do not have to obtain a second degree, but they do have to complete all of the ACEND-required courses. Dietetic internships are very competitive across the country.


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