International Students

International professionals who have completed their education and training outside of the US, or received credentials in another country, may be eligible to become credentialed RDs in the US. Learn more about the requirements to become a RDN or NDTR.

January 1, 2024 Master's Degree Requirement to Become an RDN

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. In most states in the US, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. International students entering an ACEND®-accredited nutrition and dietetics programs must be clearly informed of this impending graduate degree requirement before starting the dietetics program. Read more about educational pathways to become a RDN.

  • International Student Checklist

    This checklist has been created to help guide students with foreign degrees in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered (NDTR).

  • Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies

    The following identified, independent nonprofit agencies perform the specialized service of validating your academic degree as equivalent to the bachelor's or master's degree conferred by a U.S. regionally-accredited college or university.