Western Kentucky University

Becoming a Registered Dietitian




Dietetic Internship Program Director:

Jane Simmons, MS, RD, LD

Family and Consumer Sciences

1906 College Heights Blvd #11037

Bowling Green, KY  42101-1037

270-745-5224 (phone)

270-745-3999 (fax)

dietetic.internship@wku.edu (e-mail)


lauri.warden@wku.edu (e-mail)

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

 The Dietetic Internship at Western Kentucky University (WKU) will fulfill the second step of a three-step process to become a Registered Dietitian.

1)  The first step is completion of a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and receipt of a verification statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

2)  The second step is completion of an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship as evidenced by a dietetic internship verification statement.  To receive the dietetic internship verification statement from WKU, the intern must also successfully complete the coursework and supervised practice requirements.

3)  The third step is the successful completion of the Commission on Dietetic Registration's examination for registered dietitians.

For complete information on becoming a registered dietitian, see: http://www.eatright.org/students/education


Some states require licensure, which is an additional step necessary to practice as a RD.  Be sure to check with your state of residence to see if licensure will be required.

In the State of Kentucky, one must be licensed by Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists to engage in dietetic practice. Information about licensure for dietitians in Kentucky can be obtained at: http://bdn.ky.gov

RD Registration Exam

The application fee to sit for the registration examination is $200.  The exam is given throughout the year by the Commission on Dietetic Registration's (CDR) testing agency, ACT, Inc.  The program director submits registration eligibility forms for students at the end of the program.  There are over two hundred (200) approved test sites nationwide, located in universities and communities.  Refer to the following link for locations: http://www.cdrnet.org/programdirector/act_centers.cfm.


 Last Modified 7/22/13