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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Didactic Program in Dietetics

Alumni – Register for the NDTR Exam

DTR applications are submitted quarterly, and the deadlines for submitting all required paperwork are February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st. If steps for Phase 1 and 2 have not been completed by the deadline, your application will not be processed during that cycle.

Once you have successfully completed all DPD requirements (including “C” or better in coursework) and your degree has been conferred, you are eligible to take the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR or NDTR) exam. The official Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) website for DTR pathway is here. The complete student instructions for the entire process can be found here, along with information about the DTR exam and related study resources. If after reviewing this information you feel that becoming a DTR is a good fit then there are three main phases to processing:

Phase 1 – Pay Fee and Submit Application Materials

Pay your $50 Transcript Evaluation Fee Form called “Transcript Evaluation DTR App Processing” at this link. Be VERY careful filling out the form on this page, as this is what will be copied/pasted directly into your documents for taking the exam. The must match your legal ID or you will be turned away from the exam. The email address must be one you regularly check.

In order to process your application, please mail the following items in one packet to the following address (you may also drop off in person at the FCS office):

Dr. Rachel Blaine, DPD Director
1250 Bellflower Blvd - MS 0501
Long Beach, CA 90840-0501

1) DTRE Mis-Use form,(Must be signed in blue ink or will not be valid)

2) DPD Verification Statement (original) – These are issued to all DPD students after graduation. If you no longer have your hard copy you would need to also pay $15 on the link provided above (you can do this at the same time with your DTR application, just check 2 boxes) and select “Verification Statement Request $15.00” to have it re-issued. We would keep that re-issued copy, which is required to have on file for your DTR application.

3) An OFFICIAL unopened CSULB transcript, which reflects your degree with conferral date (order here) – This is required to be submitted to CDR, even if you have recently had a verification statement issued. Important: Make sure your degree has cleared and your transcript has a clear "Degree Conferred" date on it - you can check with the Registrar about when this will be so you don't unnecessarily order a transcript we cannot use.

Phase 2: Application processing and demographic form

After some initial information for your application has been entered, you will be sent an email and you must follow the link provided to complete an online form to clarify demographic information. The form links to the application in the database, which cannot be processed unless the form has been completed.Please check junk/spam folders for this email from CDR or REPS.

Phase 3: Processing part 2 and ready to test

The DPD Director will process and upload all required documents to CDR. Once your application submission to CDR has been approved, you will receive an email confirming registration eligibility from CDR within approximately 3-5 business days. CDR then forwards your information to Pearson VUE for further processing. Candidates typically receive their Authorization to Test email from Pearson VUE within 48 hours of receiving eligibility confirmation from CDR.Then you are ready to go!

For questions not answered by this information or by visiting the CDR website, please contact the DPD Director .

DTR Exam Study Resources

1) AND Study Resources for DTR Exam

2) DTR Study Buddy Review Manual