State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Kentucky Nutritionist Certification

The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Dieticians and Nutritionists is responsible for the licensing of dieticians and the certification of nutritionists. Individuals in Kentucky may also achieve dual licensure/certification as a dietician nutritionist.
Certified nutritionists in Kentucky are permitted to provide nutrition care services, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Assessing the nutrition needs of individuals and groups
  • Providing nutrition counseling in health and disease
  • Developing and evaluating nutrition care systems
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition care services

They are also responsible for providing nutrition assessment, which includes evaluating the nutrition needs of specific groups and populations, and nutrition counseling, which includes advising and assisting individuals or groups on appropriate nutrition.

Meeting the Requirements for Nutritionist Certification in Kentucky

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Applicants for certification as a nutritionist in Kentucky must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university in a program that is listed as accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education; AND
  • A master’s degree in in food science, nutrition, or a closely related area of food science or nutrition; must have at least 12 semester hours of graduate credit in human nutrition. Acceptable areas of study may include:
    • Food sources of nutrients
    • Physiological and chemical processes of digestion, absorption and metabolism
    • Nutrient needs throughout the lifecycle
    • Nutrition assessment processes
    • Pathophysiology of disease states
    • Medical nutrition therapy
    • Nutrient needs in exercise and fitness
    • Nutrition in health and wellness

Applicants may also qualify for nutritionist certification if:

  • They already achieved licensure as a dietician in Kentucky
  • They possess a bachelor’s degree that is not listed as accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education but they have proof of the completion of 45 semester hours in:
    • Communication
    • Counseling
    • Physical and biological sciences
    • Social sciences
    • Research
    • Food composition
    • Nutrient metabolism
    • Food systems management
    • Nutrition therapy
    • Lifecycle nutrition
    • Healthcare systems

Applying for Nutritionist Certification in Kentucky

Upon meeting the educational requirements for nutritionist certification in Kentucky, applicants must apply by completing the Application and Verification for Licensure and Certification and paying the application fee of $50 for nutritionist certification or $100 for dual dietician licensure/nutritionist certification (made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer). The completed application and payment must be sent to:

Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dieticians and Nutritionists
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602

Maintaining Nutritionist Certification in Kentucky

Nutritionist certifications are renewed annually on November 1. In addition to completing a renewal form and paying the $50 renewal fee (or $100 for dual licensure/certification), certified nutritionists must show proof of the completion of 15 hours of continuing education. However, first-year certified nutritionists are not required to completed continuing education requirements to renew their certification.

Professional Opportunities for Certified Nutritionists in Kentucky

Certified nutritionists in Kentucky may, through membership in professional organizations and associations, engage in useful networking opportunities, be eligible for continuing education events, such as courses, seminars, and conferences, and stay current on all the latest happenings in the dietetics and nutrition field of study. State associations for nutritionists in Kentucky include:

Kentucky School Nutrition Association
Kentucky Dietetic Association
Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


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