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Texas State Registered Dietitian Certification and Dietetic Technician Requirements

*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 www.eatright.org.

The Texas Dietetic Association (TDA) requires individuals who wish to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) or Licensed Dietitian to complete the following criteria:

Registered Dietitian

  • Bachelors degree program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), the commissioning arm of the ADA.
  • A six to 12 month professional experience or internship approved by CADE.
  • Successful completion of the national Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination.

Dietetic Technicians, Registered

  • Two-year associate's degree approved by CADE.
  • A supervised professional experience or internship approved by CADE.
  • Successful completion of the national Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination.

Licensed Dietitians:

  • Bachelor's or graduate degree in nutrition, nutrition education, dietetics, or food systems management;
    • An equivalent internship or approved professional experience by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians may be substituted for some of the educational requirements.
  • Successful completion of the national Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination.

All positions are required to complete a certain amount of continuing education (CE) credits to maintain their status with the Texas Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association.

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