Basic Requirements

  • U.S. native or naturalized citizen
  • Less than 44 years of age (this may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time)*
  • Less than 8 years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps*
  • Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements

* The process to become a commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age, prior service or civil service maximums during the application process should be aware that waivers are not generally approved.

Degrees

Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States with a major focus in foods and nutrition, dietetics, institution management, public health nutrition, food science, sports nutrition, or animal nutrition.

Didactic Program

Completed a current didactic program in dietetics approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Applicants also must present verification of completion of one of the following ADA accredited/approved pathways:

  • Accredited Dietetic Internship Program
  • Accredited Coordinated Program

Registration*

Current, unrestricted, and valid registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

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