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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Registered dietitians, or nutritionists, evaluate and provide for the nutritional needs of people. They assist the healthcare provider and provide a treatment plan that may include the following:

  • Ideal body weight, caloric, and dietary needs

  • Foods that help ease swallowing

  • Special diets

  • Dietary changes that need to be made as a result of a disability

  • Tube feeding formulas and schedules for patients who are unable to swallow

  • Patient and family education on nutrition topics related to diseases, like diabetes

Registered dietitians nutritionists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Hospitals

  • Inpatient rehabilitation centers

  • Home health settings

  • Private practice

  • School districts

  • Community or government nutrition programs

Registered dietitian nutritionists hold an undergraduate degree, have completed an approved internship program, and have passed a national exam to be credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Many have also earned a master's degree in dietetics or nutrition science.