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*Do not assume that any schools and programs listed on this site are a path to obtaining the RD credential. For credential information on actual schools that offer programs to the RD credential, view the ADA's official website at

Why is certification so important? Why make sure that all of the nutrition professionals Massachusetts’ residents see each day have been recognized by the Massachusetts Dietetic Association, the Department of Health or the American Dietetic Association? The answer lies in the type of care that Americans have come to expect from our health care professionals. Rising health care costs have been largely attributed to increasing ailments such as obesity, a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and numerous other problems. In order to combat these preventable diseases and the growing number of Americans living overweight, nutrition professionals need to be at their best. By ensuring that each nutritionist, dietitian or health care administrator has been certified, we know we are holding these specialists to the highest standards.

The Massachusetts Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) who wish to practice in Massachusetts complete an examination, as well as education and registration guidelines, all administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the examining agency of the ADA.

Massachusetts is one of 23 states that requires a state examination and registration in addition to the national certification process administered by the CDR. Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the MDA are as follows:

  1. Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
  2. Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship.
  3. Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR.
  4. Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and MDA.

Information on certification can be found here on

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