School of Nutrition and Health Promotion

How to Become a Registered Dietitian

Eligibility for Dietitian Registration, as established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association), requires completion of three steps, in the order listed:

  1. Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics  (bachelor's degree with specific course requirements)
  2. Completion of a practicum program (internship)
  3. Passing the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration exam

1. Didactic Program in Dietetics

Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) are bachelor's degrees with specific courses to meet the didactic (knowledge) guidelines set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Note: Each educational institution defines the specific courses which constitute their DPD program.

If this is your first bachelor’s degree, the ASU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) consists of the completion of a bachelor's degree in nutrition with a concentration in dietetics. This concentration provides all of the specific courses to meet the didactic/knowledge guidelines set by the AND. The ASU Dietetic Concentration has been granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree in another area and you wish to complete the ASU DPD, you must complete the following roster of DPD classes. Most students can earn a second BS degree in Nutrition-Dietetics from ASU upon completion of these DPD courses, without additional general studies courses. Please see an academic advisor for help reviewing your transcripts.

Upon completion of these courses, you will receive a Verification Statement signed by the ASU DPD Director, Traci Grgich MS, RD, SNS, CP-FS (Traci.Grgich@asu.edu).

At Arizona State University, the DPD courses are:

  • BIO 201 or equivalent - Human Anatomy / Physiology I with lab
  • BIO 202 or equivalent - Human Anatomy / Physiology II with lab
  • BCH 361 - Biochemistry
  • CHM 101 - Introductory Chemistry with lab (Note: the CHM 113 & CHM 116 general chemistry series also acceptable)
  • CHM 231 and 235 - Organic Chemistry, 1 semester with lab
  • NTR 142 - Applied Food Principles
  • NTR 150 - Intro to Professions in Nutrition/Dietetics
  • NTR 241 - Human Nutrition
  • NTR 290 - Evidence-Based Nutrition
  • NTR 341 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • NTR 343 - Food Service Purchasing
  • NTR 344 - Nutrition Services Management
  • NTR 350 - Nutrition Counseling
  • NTR 400 - Preprofessional Preparation in Dietetics
  • NTR 440 - Advanced Human Nutrition I (Micronutrients)
  • NTR 441 - Advanced Human Nutrition II (Macronutrients)
  • NTR 444 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • NTR 445 - Management of Food Service Systems
  • NTR 450 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle
  • NTR 446 - Medical Nutrition Therapy III
  • NTR 448 - Community Nutrition
  • MIC 205 and 206 - Microbiology with lab
  • PGS 101 - Intro Psychology
  • Statistics
  • NTR 351 - Nutrition and Health Communications

Note: All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above in order to meet the ASU/DPD standards. This requirement may exceed University graduation requirements, which may define a grade of "D" or above as passing. Students coming to ASU from other programs must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of upper-division NTR courses at ASU, including nine semester hours from the following:

  • NTR 440 - Advanced Human Nutrition I (Micronutrients)
  • NTR 441 - Advanced Human Nutrition II (Macronutrients)
  • NTR 444 - Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • NTR 446 - Medical Nutrition Therapy III

2. Practicum/Internship

Students must complete a professional practicum program, called a dietetic internship.  This step is independent of the undergraduate degree program. Students wishing to complete this step generally apply to internships during their last semester of their coursework.

More information about internship programs are available from the DPD Director or at:

3. CDR Registration Examination

Students must pass a national registration examination:  Students are not eligible to sit for the registration examination until they have completed both steps 1 and 2 above.

Questions regarding the DPD Program should be directed to the ASU Nutrition Advising Office: HealthPromotion@asu.edu