James Madison University

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

To become a dietitian, the first step is to complete a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution in a program that combines science, foods, nutrition, and foodservice management, and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dieteticsn (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).

Following graduation from a DPD, you must complete an AND-accredited dietetic internship (DI), an experiential program with a minimum of 1200 hours supervised by a Registered Dietitian.

After successful completion of this experience, you will be ready to take the registration examination for dietitians.

The dietetics program at James Madison University is an accredited DPD program.  Students successfully completing the JMU DPD will receive a signed Verification Statement necessary before beginning a Dietetic Internship.


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