State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Alaska

Alaska Nutritionist Certification

The State of Alaska recognizes dietetics and nutrition practice as the integration and application of scientific principles of food, food management, nutrition, and biochemistry as to achieve and maintain human health. Only licensed individuals in Alaska are permitted to use the term “nutritionist” or “licensed nutritionist.”

Legislation for Alaska’s nutritionists was created by the Regulation of Dieticians and Nutritionists and was passed by the State legislature and approved by the Governor. Alaska’s Division of Corporation and Professional Licensing oversees the nutritionist licensing program.

To become a licensed nutritionist in Alaska, you must complete a number of steps:

  1. Meet Minimum Requirements for Nutritionist Licensure
  2. Apply for Nutritionist Licensure in Alaska
  3. Keep your Nutritionist License Current
 
Step 1

Meet Minimum Requirements for Nutritionist Licensure

You may qualify for a nutritionist license in Alaska through one of two ways:

  • Complete a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following:
    • Human nutrition
    • Public health nutrition
    • Clinical nutrition
    • Nutrition education
    • Community nutrition
    • Food and nutrition; AND

Complete a documented work experience in human nutrition or human nutrition research that is at least 900 hours in length;

OR

  • Qualify as a diplomate of the American Board of Nutrition or as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) with the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists

To earn the CNS credential, you must meet four, specific requirements, which include:

  • Possess a Master of Science or Doctoral degree in the field of nutrition from an accredited college or university or a Doctoral degree in a field of clinical healthcare (MD, DO, DC, Doctor of Nursing, DDS, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution; AND
  • Complete the following coursework:
    • At least 9 semester credit hours of nutrition in courses such as: therapeutic nutrition, dietary supplements, pharmacology, nutrition assessment, etc.
    • At least 6 semester credit hours in biochemistry
    • At least 3 semester credit hours in physiology or anatomy/physiology
    • At least 12 semester credit hours in clinical or life sciences (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, botany, micro-biology, etc.); AND
  • At least 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience in nutrition, which must include:
    • At least 200 hours in nutrition assessment
    • At least 200 hours in nutrition intervention, counseling, education or management; AND
  • Pass the CBNS Certifying Examination

To earn the Diplomate credential through the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a professional degree from an accredited institution
  • Earn a minimum of 300 hours of nutrition education beyond the professional degree
  • Possess at least two years of practice experience
  • Write an article or paper on nutrition that could be published
  • Take and pass the ABCN examination

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Step 2

Apply for Nutritionist Licensure

Upon completion of the minimum requirements to become a licensed nutritionist in Alaska, you must complete the Application for Nutritionist License and send it, along with a nonrefundable application fee of $50 and a license fee of $50 (made payable to the State of Alaska), and either official verification of your CBNS or ABN certification or your official transcripts and verification of documented work experience to:

Nutritionist Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, Alaska 99811

All applications must include a recent photograph (taken within the last 6 months), and they must be notarized.

 
Step 3

Keep your Nutritionist License Current

All nutritionist licenses in Alaska expire on December 31 of every odd-numbered year. To apply for renewal, you must complete the Biennial Nutritionist License Renewal form and pay the renewal fee of $100 ($50 for the application fee and $50 for the nutritionist license renewal fee).

 

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