What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?


A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RDN”.

Qualifications of an RDN include:

  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy’s Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Course work typically includes Nutrition Science, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, biochemistry and physiology.
  • Complete an accredited, supervised, experiential practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
  • Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration every year.

How is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) different than a Nutritionist?

best-registered-dietitian-nutritionist-2​The “REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST” (RDN) credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Some RDNs may call themselves “Nutritionists,” but not all Nutritionists are Registered Dietitians Nutritionists. The definition and requirements for the term “Nutritionist” vary. Virtually anyone can call him- or herself a “Nutritionist” regardless of education or training.


Some RDNs may call themselves “Nutritionists,” but not all Nutritionists are Registered Dietitians Nutritionists.


How Can a Nutrition Consultation Help Me?



   • Smart Food Choices

   • Sustained Weight Loss

   • Reduced Symptoms of Disorders and Diseases

   • Energy Boost

   • Reduced Anxiety

   • Improved Immune System

nutritional-consulation-west-valley-arizonaA nutrition consultation is a type of assessment made by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), like myself, who analyzes various health needs in regard to your diet. My nutrition consultations help clients set achievable health goals while teaching various ways of maintaining these goals throughout their lifetime.

Nutrition is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Without proper nutrition, one won’t have enough energy to make it through the day. During my nutrition consultations, I provide tailored information and modifications to fits each clients everyday lifestyle.

What Type of Conditions Will a Nutritional Consultation Help?

You would be a good candidate for nutritional counseling if you’re suffering from Diabetes/Pre-diabetes, poor nutrition and eating patterns, cancer, GI disorders such as celiac disease or IBS, hypertension or high blood pressure, food allergies and sensitivities, weight management (weight gain, muscle building, weight loss), heart disease and high cholesterol or kidney disorders.

If you’re ready to improve the overall quality of your life, I’m ready to help you along this journey. By the time you’ve completed my nutritional consultation you’ll understand the root cause of your symptoms.

The nutrition sessions that Prajakta offers will change your world! She makes it very easy and exciting to learn and understand. Prajakta professionally tailors her nutrition counseling sessions to fit your needs. You will equipped with a whole new lifestyle of what to each and what not to eat, resulting in much better health, physically and mentally. I feel that I am a wiser person after working with her.

Sarah S.

Phoenix, AZ

She Changed My Life! —

“I was completely surprised when my Doctor told me I was diagnosed with type2 diabetes. I felt we always ate pretty healthy and the fact that I exercise & walking 5 days a week how can this be?

He referred me to Prajakta Apte, RD @ Right Nutrition Works.

Prajakta is very pleasant, knowledgeable and most helpful. She began our first session stating, this is a lifestyle change and not a diet. She helped me to understand better meal planning and the importance of balancing carbs & proteins and why. Defining the carbs and protein foods along with their portion size is most helpful.

Fiber and the importance of enough fiber in our daily diet along with the different seed sources, Flax, Chia, Hemp seeds that are so easy to add to your smoothies, yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal etc. which are very nutritious add-ons.

Reading labels was another area we talked about at great lengths and is so helpful in choosing the most nutritious foods. In this process I have managed to shed pounds, feel better and have more energy.

It has only been three months and I see where this is all going and feel because of my sessions with Prajakta I’m definitely going in the right direction. My husband is also enjoying the benefits of Prajakta nutritional guidance. Thank you, Prajakta! Without you by my side this diagnosis would be more difficult, you helped me to build confidence that I can do it!…..”

Karlene M.

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