What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
A registered dietitian (RD) is considered the nutrition expert and has had specialized training in the field of nutrition to prevent and control disease. A registered dietitian can choose to use the professional credentials of either RD or RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist) — because all RDNs are nutritionists, but not all “nutritionists” are RDNs. To become a RDN, one must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from an accredited university followed by performing a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in an accredited dietetic internship program. He or she must pass a national exam through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and maintain the RDN credential with continuing professional education.
In the state of New Jersey, there is no regulation of individuals who call themselves a “nutritionist.” A registered dietitian is a licensed/credentialed health care provider with a specialized educational background and unique skills and training to help promote health and wellness for their clients.
Susan Greeley has been a registered dietitian for more than 25 years in a variety of clinical and private sector settings and is uniquely qualified to help support you on your journey to a healthier, more vital and active lifestyle. As a registered dietitian nutritionist with advanced training and experience, Susan works with individual clients to assess their specific needs, develop personalized plans, and help her clients reach their health goals.