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Dietitian Nutritionist

Description

A certified dietitian or certified nutritionist integrates and applies principles derived from nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health.

Licensing Requirements

To be certified as a dietitian-nutritionist in New York State you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age; and
  • meet education, examination and experience requirements.

The specific requirements for certification are contained in Title 8, Article 157, Section 8004 of New York's Education Law and Section 52.25 and Subpart 79-6 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education and Experience Requirements

To meet the education and experience requirements for certification in dietetics-nutrition, you must satisfy either A or B below.

  1. Bachelor's or Higher Degree
  2. Education: You must have completed a program in dietetics-nutrition leading to the baccalaureate degree or a higher academic credential that is, at the time you completed the program, registered by the New York State Education Department as qualifying for certification in dietetics-nutrition or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), or is the equivalent of such a program. The program must include at least 45 semester hours of course work in the professional dietetics/nutrition content area and have at least 20 semester hours of course work in the human biological sciences and social and behavioral sciences content area. Courses appropriate for each of these content areas are defined in the next section.

    Experience: You must have completed one-half of a full-time equivalent year of planned work experience (800 hours), which could have been a structured part of your educational program. Otherwise, the experience must have followed the completion of your educational program. Planned work experience means continuous work experience in dietetics-nutrition, which reflects increased levels of professional growth and is under the supervision of a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist or someone who is registered by or a member of a national dietetic or nutrition association acceptable to the New York State Education Department. To qualify, the experience must include: assessing nutrition needs and food patterns, planning for and directing the provision of food appropriate for physical and nutrition needs, and providing nutrition counseling. Contact the State Board for Dietetics and Nutrition at dietbd@nysed.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 560 if you have questions.

  3. Associate's Degree
  4. Education: You must have completed a program leading to the associate's degree in dietetics-nutrition that is, at the time you completed the program, registered by the New York State Education Department as qualifying for certification in dietetics-nutrition, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), or the equivalent of such a program. The program must include at least 30 semester hours of course work in the professional dietetics-nutrition content area and have at least 15 semester hours of course work in the human biological sciences and social behavioral sciences content area. Courses appropriate for each of these content areas are defined in the next section.

    Experience: You must have completed a combination of ten full-time equivalent years of education and supervised experience within the fifteen years preceding your application for certification. If your education was undertaken within the last fifteen years, you will be credited with one year of credit for every 30 semester hours of acceptable education up to a maximum of two years. A full-time equivalent year of work experience in dietetics and nutrition is 1,600 hours. To qualify, the experience must include: assessing nutrition needs and food patterns; planning for and directing the provision of food appropriate for physical and nutrition needs; and providing nutrition counseling. The experience must include at least two and one-half full-time equivalent years of planned work experience. Planned work experience means continuous work experience in dietetics-nutrition, which reflects increased levels of professional growth and is under the supervision of a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist or someone who is registered by or a member of a national dietetic or nutrition association acceptable to the New York State Education Department. Contact the State Board for Dietetics and Nutrition at dietbd@nysed.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 560 if you have questions.

    Endorsement of Acceptable Dietitians or Nutritionists: You must obtain the endorsement of three acceptable dietitians-nutritionists; i.e., a New York State Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist or someone who is registered by or a member of a national dietetic or nutrition association acceptable to the New York State Education Department. Contact the State Board for Dietetics and Nutrition at dietbd@nysed.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 560 if you have questions.

    Accredited Dietetics (Bachelor's degree or higher level) and Dietetic Technician (Associate degree) Programs: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is an acceptable accrediting agency. Lists of currently accredited programs are available on AND's web site at www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485414 . ACEND can be contacted at:

    Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Telephone: 800/877-1600 Ext. 5400
    Fax: 312/899-4817
    Email: acend@eatright.org

Education Content Areas Defined

Professional Dietetics and Nutrition Content Area includes coursework that covers all of the following curricular areas:

  • principles of nutrition in health and disease;
  • human nutrition needs throughout the life span;
  • assessment and evaluation of the nutritional status of individuals, families, and communities;
  • nutrient composition of food;
  • food service management, including but not limited to such topics as human resources, planning, purchasing, preparation and service, delivery, and sanitation;
  • diet modifications;
  • counseling, education, and communication skills;
  • interpretation of nutrition information and its application;
  • ethics and professionalism.

Human Biological Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences Content Area includes coursework in the following curricular areas:

  • human biological sciences, including principles of biochemistry and physiology;
  • social and behavioral sciences, including cultural aspects.

Examination Requirements

Either of the following two examinations satisfy the examination requirement for certification in dietetics-nutrition.

  1. Registered Dietitian (RD) examination offered by the:
  2. Commission on Dietetic Registration
    120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995
    Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5500
    E-mail: cdr@eatright.org
    Web: cdrnet.org

  3. Certified Nutrition Specialist exam offered by the:
  4. Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists
    c/o Michael Stroka, Executive Director
    4707 Willow Springs Road, Suite 207
    La Grange, IL 60525
    Phone: (202) 903-0267
    Fax: 888-712-1450
    E-mail: mailto:office@cbns.org
    Web: www.cbns.org

You should contact the appropriate organization for information on admission requirements to its examination and the procedures you need to follow.

If you do not meet the admission requirements for either of these examinations, you should call the Office of the Professions' Dietetics-Nutrition Unit at 518-474-3817 ext. 270 for information on being admitted to the registered dietitian examination as a New York certification candidate.

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for certification is $294.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, there were 286 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 298 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 5,650 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Dietetics-Nutrition Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 270 (voice)
518-402-5354 (fax)
Email: opunit3@mail.nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1031 - Dietitians and Nutritionists
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Additional Information

The American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600
Fax: (312) 899-1979

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/15/16.

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