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!

Interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

There are two steps to becoming an RDN at UIC:

1) Apply to our Nutrition Science Program (if not already in the program)

2) Prior to graduation from the Nutrition Science/DPD program, apply to either the UIC Accelerated Master’s Coordinated Program OR a dietetic internship outside of UIC. Please note that beginning in January 2024, a graduate degree (in any area) is required to sit for the RD exam.

Information about the UIC Accelerated Masters Coordinated Program

The Accelerated MS/CP is a 12-15 month program that includes a graduate degree in Nutrition and the required 1000 hour internship. Nutrition Science/DPD students interested in applying to the Accelerated MS/CP will be eligible to apply to one of 18 pre-selected spots for UIC Nutrition Science students. The application deadline will be June 1st for either a January or May start for the following year. This will be an internal application provided by the Director of the Nutrition Science Program.

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.


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

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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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