Delaware Nutritionist Certification
A nutritionist in Delaware must be licensed as to, according to the Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition, “engage in the provision of nutrition services.” The Board recognizes the terms “nutritionist” and “dietician” as being interchangeable, and the abbreviated title as being “LDN.”
Only licensed nutritionists and dieticians can provide dietetic and nutrition therapy, including the delivery of prevention nutrition services and/or nutrition therapy. As such, licensed nutritionists in Delaware may assess an individual’s specific nutritional needs and development and/or implement an intervention plan. An intervention plan may include counseling, nutrition education, and the monitoring of specialized nutrition support and/or referrals should an individual require additional services.
To become a licensed nutritionist in Delaware, you must be prepared to complete the following steps:
- Qualify for Licensure through a Specific Course of Study
- Take and Pass a Recognized Examination in Nutrition
- Apply for a Nutritionist License
- Maintain your Nutritionist License in Delaware
Licensure Study and Supervised Practice
All licensed nutritionists in Delaware must qualify by completing a specific course of post-secondary study, which includes a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a major course of study in one of the following areas:
- Human nutrition
- Nutrition education
- Food and nutrition
- Food systems management
Following the completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the above areas, you must complete a course of supervised practice in nutrition that includes at least 900 hours of documented and supervised practice experience, under the supervision of a registered dietician, a licensed healthcare provider, or an individual who possesses a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution with major course of study in nutrition education, human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management. Supervised experience must be completed in a U.S. state or territory.
Pass a Recognized Delaware Examination in Nutrition
To qualify for licensure as a nutritionist in Delaware, you must take and pass a national examination recognized by the Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition, such as:
- Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) examination through the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS)
- Registered Dietician (RD) examination through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Apply for a Delaware Nutritionist License
Once you have met all the requirements for nutritionist licensure in Delaware, you must submit a completed, signed, and notarized Application for Licensure as a Dietician/Nutritionist. You must also enclose a $182 processing fee (check or money order made payable to the State of Delaware) and complete the following:
- Request that copies of your official transcripts from your college/university to be sent directly to the Board office.
- Arrange for your supervisor to complete and submit a Supervised Practice Experience Assessment form to the Board office
- Provide the Board office with verification of your passing examination
All documents and application must be sent to:
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation
Attn: Board of Dietetics/Nutrition
861 Silver Lake Boulevard
Dover, Delaware 19904
Maintain your Nutritionist License in Delaware
All nutritionist licenses in Delaware must be renewed biennially (May 31 of odd years). To maintain your nutritionist license in Delaware, you must submit proof of at least 30 hours of continuing education that meet the requirements of the American Dietetic Association during this 2-year period. Upon renewal of your license, you will be notified of the amount of the renewal fee.
You can expect to receive a renewal notice in the mail several weeks before the expiration of your license, which will explain how to access the online renewal application. To complete the renewal process, you must use a credit card to pay the renewal fee.
You can stay up-to-date on the latest news and developments in nutrition and learn about continuing education opportunities through a number of state and national associations, such as:
Delaware Dietetic Association
Delaware School Nutrition Association
American Nutrition Association
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
National Association of Nutrition Professionals
International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists
American Society for Nutrition