Who is a registered dietitian?
A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition professional, able to provide credible, current and evidence based nutrition guidelines to the public.
Registered dietitians (RD) have:
- A 4-year degree from an accredited college or university program
- Completed an accredited supervised practice in nutrition and dietetics
- Passed an extensive national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
Additionally, a RD may also be certified/licensed in their state. Some registered dietitians have also earned graduate degrees or have specialized credentials.
Nutritionist vs. dietitian: Who's who?
Not all "nutritionists" have the same expertise or training. All Aurora dietitians are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of The American Dietetic Association, and are certified dietitians in the State of Wisconsin. Every dietitian at Aurora has completed a 4-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a dietetic internship or comparable supervised experience.
A registered, certified dietitian practices the science of medical nutrition therapy. Based on your medical condition, a dietitian will work with you to optimize your treatment and meet your individual needs. A number of dietitians also have advanced degrees and/or specialty certifications in areas such as diabetes and nutrition support. Many of our dietitians also are members of professional health organizations.