School of Adult and Graduate Education

Traditional Admissions

Master of Health Science
Martine Scannavino, DHSc, RDN, LDN, FAND
Chair, Department of Nutrition
The Allen Chair of Nutrition
Director, Master of Health Science
610-437-4471 ext. 3486

Didactic Program in Dietetics
Tara L. Miltenberger, MEd, RDN, LDN
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
The Allen Center for Nutrition
610-437-4471 ext. 3621

Dietetic Internship
Marilou Wieder, MS, RDN, CNSC, LDN
Director, Dietetic Internship
610-606-4471 Ext 3445

The 3 Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian

Interested in becoming a registered dietitian? Here are the steps that you will need to take, and how the nutrition program at Cedar Crest College is designed to help you reach your goal:

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree*.

    Your bachelor’s degree does not have to be in nutrition, but earning a bachelor’s degree in nutrition may make the remaining steps of this program. Also, you must successfully complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics at an institution, such as Cedar Crest College, that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutritional Dietetics (ACEND®) .

    Learn more about the nutrition major at Cedar Crest

  2. Successfully complete a Dietetic Internship.

    You must be admitted to and successfully complete a dietetic internship that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutritional Dietetics (ACEND).

    Learn more about the Dietetic Internship at Cedar Crest.

  3. Earn a passing score on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

    Successful completion of the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship will result in a Verification Statement and eligibility to sit for this exam.


*Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit


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