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I am currently in college, and I am considering studying to become a Registered Dietitian. However, my NUMBER ONE goal is to become a PA. Becoming an RD wouldn't be a short path--I'd graduate with the degree, complete an 8-month internship, and THEN begin paid work. If I continue to pursue this path and then work for a year or two as an RD, will this count as health care experience or will I just be wasting my time?

 

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It counted for the two RDs with whom I graduated.  This may be school specific.  However, it is certainly worth asking to any specific program you're interested in attending.

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I was an RD (still am) for 20 years before entering PA school.  I have been a practicing PA for 10 years.  My 20 years experience as an RD was my prior HCE.  Specifically I was a clinical dietitian for 1 year, and then spent the next 19 in public health nutrition in rural undeserved areas.

 

If you continue the RD path get certified as a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) and that will also give you great prior HCE.  

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