The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Dietetics and Nutritionists grants dietician and nutritionist licenses to qualified individuals who comply with the requirements of licensure. The title LDN is often used for licensed dieticians-nutritionists in Massachusetts.
The Board recognizes human dietetics/nutrition as a science dealing with the relationships between foods and human health, with a focus on:
The Board also recognizes that human dietetics/nutrition involves the application of physiology, social sciences, biochemistry, and physical sciences as to achieve optimum human health.
In addition to being at least 18 years old and being of good, moral character, candidates for nutritionist licenses in Massachusetts must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or is approved by the Board (for foreign education programs). The course of study must be in one of the following:
If the degree major is not in one of the above areas, individuals may still qualify for a nutritionist license in Massachusetts if their degree program meets the following, minimum requirements:
Candidates for nutritionist licenses in Massachusetts must also successfully complete a Board-approved clinical internship or supervised professional experience that includes one of the following components:
All candidates for a nutritionist license in Massachusetts must pass a competency examination approved by the Board; it must be designed to test the competency and knowledge needed to practice nutrition. For nutritionist candidates, this examination is the Certification Nutrition Specialists Examination (CNS) of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS).
The CNS examination includes the following components (and their percentage of the examination):
In addition to the completion of the Application for Licensure as Dietician/Nutritionist, applicants must:
The application must be notarized and mailed to:
Board of Dietetics and Nutritionists
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed nutritionists in Massachusetts enjoy competitive salaries and ample job opportunities:
One of the most effective ways of staying abreast of the latest information and news within the field of nutrition and dietetics is through membership with a state or national professional association, such as:
School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Dietetic Association
American Nutrition Association
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
National Association of Nutrition Professionals
American Society for Nutrition
Continuing Education and License Renewal for Nutritionists in Massachusetts
Licensed nutritionists in Massachusetts must renew their licenses every two years, provided they have completed at least 30 units of continuing education during that period.
All approved continuing education units must be organized learning experiences of at least 50 minutes in length and must “contribute to the licensee’s professional competence in nutritional practice.”
The expiration date of nutritionist licenses in Massachusetts is the birthday of the licensee.
Licensees can expect to receive a license renewal form in the mail about 8 weeks prior to their license expiration date. The renewal fee is $130.