Frequently Asked Questions

Students often have questions regarding their Academy or Washington State Academy membership.

Have a new question?  Email the Washington State Academy Office!

I am a student Academy member - how do I become a Washington State member? 
Your national/Academy dues include state/affiliate membership.  When you pay your dues, you select your state.  There is no additional charge.

I would love to job-shadow someone.  Is that possible? 
As a student Washington State Academy member, you have access to the members-only mentor section of the website.  You can search for a specific geographical or practice area.  Check with one of the listed mentors - they may be willing to have you job-shadow.

I am planning on attending convention.  Are there volunteer opportunities at convention that might reduce my registration rate? 
The Washington State Academy works hard to keep registration rates as low as possible for convention - especially for students.  At this time, we do not have volunteer positions that would further reduce fees.

I am not applying for an internship right now but would like to maximize my opportunity to obtain an internship.  I've been thinking about becoming a DTR (dietetic technician, registered).  Is this possible?
The Commission on Dietetic Registration has a new pathway to become a DTR.  You can become a dietitian technician registered without any further education or experience.  Completion of the baccalaureate degree and the DPD program provide the eligibility you need to sit for the registration exam.  You can read more about this at  It is referred to as dietetic technician Pathway III.  There is also a section of the website that provides student information.


WSAND President

Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Thank you for visiting our website!  And welcome to the 2022-2023 year.

I'm excited to serve as your president this year and look forward to getting to know all of you better.

Please reach out to us with any questions - we'll be in touch regularly with news, opportunities and activities.

Nicole Stendell-Hollis, PhD, RDN (2022-23 Washington State President)