I think what you're asking is if I'll be eligible to call myself a nutritionist, and the answer is no. For people interested in private practice or clinical dietetics, an ACEND program is essential. Most states have strict laws that govern most medical practice, and an RD is most closely like practicing nursing, etc. and requires state licensing. The program I completed is "for" registered dietitians essentially who needed a master's degree (kinda like MSN). However, I petitioned admission and used my sciences that I'd been taking for premed/prenursing options which was enough. My career is still culinary arts. So, my professional certification aspirations are only culinary related. I taught a course called Culinary Nutrition in an AAS program for 18 years, however, wasn't qualified to teach it in our new home town due to how this school classifies the credit. In this school it's part of a bachelor's program under "Arts and Science" so if I wanted to teach nutrition HERE, I had to have a master's in nutrition...so the degree was a perfect fit for me. For people who want degrees in nutrition, you have to be careful to look for science based programs as opposed to "wellness" based programs, which contain a whole lotta wooo.