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