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Career Development

On this page: Career Counseling | Growing RDNs | RDN Requirements | NDTR Requirements


Learn how WIC supports employees to become RDNs

Grow Your Career with WICCareer Counseling

California WIC is working to provide employees with the latest information on educational programs and resources to help them achieve their career goals in community nutrition. The Career Development program provides career counseling to evaluate the education requirements and pathways to help employees advance their career as a WIC nutrition professional. Degreed Nutritionists (DNs) with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nutrition and a Verification Statement (VS) from an ACEND-approved “Didactic Program in Dietetics” (DPD) are qualified to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for the Dietetic Technician certificate for NDTR/DTR which can improve their qualifications to be selected as a WIC Dietetic Intern.


Growing Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Working for WIC provides employees with the opportunity to work with diverse populations in the field of community nutrition and equips them with the right experiences needed to take the next step to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). WIC provides career development which includes: counseling, individualized assistance and resources to help employees complete the requirements and receive the RDN credential. Employees can request review of their qualifications and guidance to strengthen their application to apply for a dietetic internship and receive selection priority for a WIC dietetic internship.  WIC employees and WIC internship graduates have access to the very successful e-RD-2b Study Program to prepare them for the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD exam).

WIC employees that are interested in completing the requirements to become a RDN are encouraged to complete the WIC Career Development & Dietetic Internships Request Form and e-mail it to Nancy Nesa, MA, RD WIC Career Development Coordinator for assistance: nnesa@sdsuwic.com.


RDN and NDTR Requirements

The titles Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Registered Dietitian(RD) and Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) or Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) have been authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Individuals with these credentials have completed specific academic and supervised practice requirements, successfully completed a registration examination and maintained requirements for recertification. For more information on eligibility for RDNs and NDTRs, click to visit the CDR: https://www.cdrnet.org/certifications

RDN Requirements

  • Complete the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent.
  • Nutrition ProfessionalMeet current minimum academic requirements Didactic Program in Dietetics as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Complete a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Successfully complete the Registration Examination for Dietitians.


NEW Education Requirement

Beginning January 1, 2024 CDR will require that all candidates have a master’s degree to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.  This action will change the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree in 2024. All other entry-level dietitian registration eligibility requirements remain the same. Click here for CDR  FAQ.



NDTR Requirements

Path I: Does not meet qualifications for a WIC Degreed Nutritionist (bachelor’s or master’s degree.)

  • Complete a minimum of an Associate Degree granted by a U.S. accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent.
  • Complete a minimum number of supervised practice hours through a Dietetic Technician Program as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Successfully complete the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians.

Path II: Meets qualifications to apply for a dietetic internship.

  • Complete a Baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, and complete an ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
  • Successfully complete the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians.

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