The CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Welcomes Students!
Join the CT Academy as a student member to accelerate your career. Connect with students across the state and learn from experts representing a variety of areas of practice.
Interested in meeting more fellow students and mentors? Joining a committee is the opportunity to do this. Whether you’re interested in Public Policy, Food Security, Diversity, or something else, we have a place for you. Reach out to one of our Board of Directors to get involved.
Have a concern or question about joining the Academy or about the life of a dietetic student/intern? Reach out to your CT Academy Student Liaisons who are here to support you.
Benefits of Student Membership
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
- EatRight Careers
- Education and Internship Matching Resources
- Career Toolbox
- Mentoring Opportunities
- Leadership Opportunities
- Become a Student Liaison
- Receive the exclusive Student Scoop e-newsletter
- Food & Nutrition Magazine® digital magazine
- Eat Right Weekly e-newsletter
- Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Discounted meetings
- Expand your professional network
- Vote in national and affiliate elections
- Join a Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) and/or Member Interest Group (MIG)
Learn more about CT Academy student benefits here and check out the student membership brochure.
Am I eligible to join the CT Academy as a student member?
If your program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), you are eligible to join the CT Academy as a student member. Find the ACEND Accredited Program Directory here.
How can I join the CT Academy?
To join the CT Academy, you must first become a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Then, if your state mailing address is CT, you are automatically a CT Academy member. If your state mailing address is not CT, choose CT as your state affiliate.
Read about pathways to student membership and learn how to join the Academy here.
What is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)? How is this different from a nutritionist?
RDNs are food and nutrition experts. All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. Dietitians practice Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and complete continuing education to maintain their credentials. A nutritionist is a loosely regulated title that does not always represent a credentialed professional.
RDNs work in healthcare, corporate wellness, industry, private practice, community and public health settings, universities, and research facilities, among many other settings.
What is a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR)?
NDTRs, as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “are educated and trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services.”
NDTRs work in healthcare, research facilities, education centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, corporations, community health and wellness centers, and food companies.
How do I become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) or nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR)?
There are several paths to becoming an RDN, including Didactic Programs, Coordinated Programs, Future Graduate Programs, and Foreign or International Dietitian Education Programs. No matter what pathway you choose, you must take ACEND-approved courses, complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam.
Beginning in 2024, a master’s degree will be required in order to take the dietetic registration exam.
There are also several paths to becoming an NDTR. You can complete an ACEND-approved dietetic technician program which includes the required supervised practice experience, or you can take the national examination after completing an ACEND-accredited didactic or coordinated program.
How do I get connected and find more information?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to connect you with a board member or answer any questions you may have.