Abby Esmond

Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health and is a vital growing profession with a broad variety of career possibilities. 

Registered Dietitians work in hospitals and clinics, food service, supermarkets, government, community, research, industry, sports, among other settings. 

Learn more about the dietetics profession from the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


To become a Registered Dietitian, students must earn a:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (at minimum)
  2. Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics
  3. Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program, or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)
  4. Passing score on the Registration Examination for Dietitians

To earn a DPD Verification Statement from Virginia Tech, students must:

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accredited status by the Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend.

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DIET Checksheets:
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Questions?
Contact us at HNFEDietetics@vt.edu