becoming an rd

In August 2008, I embarked on a three-year journey to become a registered dietitian.

Dietetics is not my first career. I received my first degree in physics from Amherst College. After working for several years, I decided to go back to school for dietetics (read more about that decision in the FAQ). Making the transition from physics to dietetics was not straightforward, as you might imagine. I had to start (almost) at the beginning, taking organic chemistry, biochemistry, and basic nutrition classes my first year in school. I was thrilled to be accepted into University of Connecticut‘s Coordinated Program in Dietetics after my first year; this program allowed me to skip the stressful match process for internships during my second year.

As part of the Coordinated Program, I completed my internship hours while concurrently taking classes. My classmates and I experienced real-life dietetics while in school. In July 2011, I passed the RD registration exam and became an official registered dietitian.

The #1 question I get on THIH is how to become an RD. The journey can be long and fraught with frustrations, yet for those who are committed to the field, it is but a step in the course of their careers. Check out the links below for more information.



RD guide RD series












RD FAQ RD work











Please feel free to contact me with any questions! I love talking about my experiences in dietetics.