Become an RDN

What you need to know to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Registered dietitians are in demand because of a growing and aging population, increased public interest in nutrition and consumer demands for more nutritious products. Career opportunities include community and public health, food service management, public relations, consumer affairs and marketing. Registered dietitians often work in clinical dietetics, government agencies, consulting and private practice.

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Stats and Facts

increase in demand for registered dietitians projected for 2014-2024 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
of our nutrition science graduates are offered dietetic internships, compared to a national average of 50%

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Freshman or transfer students who wish to become a registered dietitian should complete our BS in Nutrition Science with the DPD course track which can be tailored to efficiently transition into our accelerated Master’s Coordinated Program.

The entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians are changing from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a master’s degree beginning in January 2024. This 4 + 1 program (4 yrs to complete the BS + 1 year to complete the Accelerated MS/CP program) will provide the opportunity to complete graduate coursework and supervised practice hours within 12-18 months.

Beginning in January 2023, Nutrition Science/DPD students interested in applying to the Accelerated MS/CP will be eligible to apply to one of 15 pre-selected spots for UIC Nutrition Science students. The application deadline will be June 1st, 2022 for either a January 2023 or May 2023 start.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
• Cumulative GPA of 3.4 in prerequisite and DPD courses
• Majority of prerequisite courses taken at UIC, particularly science courses
• Volunteer or work experience in a food or nutrition setting

Students not admitted into UIC’s Accelerated MS/CP program will apply to an accredited dietetic internship outside of UIC. The Director of the Nutrition Science program will assist and advise students in this process.

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The mission of the Nutrition Science/didactic program in dietetics (DPD) program at UIC is to provide graduate with the skills and knowledge to be comfortable and competent in their dietetic internship and serve as professionals capable of providing excellent entry-level dietetic services in numerous food service, management, clinical and underserved community settings.


The UIC coordinated program and nutrition science program in dietetics are accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600

Read about the steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian here:


We make applying as easy as possible, but we know that the application process can be overwhelming. If you can’t find the answer to your admissions questions here, reach out when you need help.

Kirsten Straughan

Nutrition Science and Nutrition Science/DPD Programs

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