Nutrition Tip: Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist

What is a registered dietitian? An RD is a food and nutrition expert who has gone through extensive education and met certain qualifications.

There qualifications include:

  • Earn a minimum of a Master's degree from an accredited dietetics program
  • Complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice
  • Pass a national exam for RDS
  • Meet licensure requirements in the state they practice
  • Stay-up-to-date on nutrition science with continuing education requirements

What's the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian? A  registered dietitian is a credentialed professional meeting all of the requirements listed above, while a nutritionist does not to meet any qualifications and may not have any credentials at all. Be careful where you get your information. Be sure that nutrition information comes from an RD to get the most accurate and safe advice.


Do you need help setting yourself up for success when it comes to health- or diet-focused goals? As registered dietitians with extensive training and education on goal setting, behavior change, and nutrition, we can help you develop a realistic plan that will set you up for success, not make you fail again. Set up a complimentary 15-minute nutrition consult with us to learn more!