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Who are RDNs and NDTRs?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts with a degree from an accredited dietetics program and who completed a supervised practice requirement, passed a national exam and continue professional development throughout their careers.
There also are specialty credentials in areas of gerontological nutrition (CSG), sports dietetics (CSSD), pediatric nutrition (CSP), renal nutrition (CSR) and oncology nutrition (CSO). Board-certified specialists are credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners.

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Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR)

Nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered (NDTRs) — often working in partnership with registered dietitian nutritionists — screen, evaluate and educate patients, manage and prevent diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and monitors patients’ and clients’ progress.

NDTRs work in settings such as hospitals and clinics, extended care facilities, home health care programs, schools, prisons, restaurants, food companies, foodservice providers, public health agencies, government and community programs such as Meals on Wheels, health clubs, weight management clinics, and wellness centers. NDTRs must complete a two-year college degree in an approved dietetics technician program, have supervised practice experience, pass a nationwide examination to earn the NDTR credential, and complete continuing education courses throughout their careers.

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Careers in Dietetics

Dietetics is the science of foods and nutrition to promote good health. Dietetic professionals work in a variety of settings in careers that are challenging, creative and exciting. If that is the type of career you seek, then dietetics is the field for you.

In Montana, dietetic programs are offered at Montana State University.

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