State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Minnesota Nutritionist Certification

The Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice is responsible for the regulation and licensure of both dietetics and nutritionists in the State. The mission of the Board is to protect the public by setting standards for quality dietetics and nutrition services and to promote public interest through quality dietetic and nutrition services provided by competent and licensed dieticians and nutritionists.

Degree and Practice Requirements

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The first step to becoming a nutritionist in Minnesota is earning a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in one of the following:

  • Public health nutrition
  • Human nutrition
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Community nutrition
  • Food and nutrition

Upon completion of the required education, candidates for nutritionist jobs in Minnesota must complete a documented supervised experience of no less than 900 hours. This per-professional practice experience must be under the supervision of a registered dietician, a state licensed nutritionist, or a professional with a doctoral degree in: human nutrition, nutrition education, food and nutrition, dietetics, or foods systems management. The supervised practice must be completed in the U.S. (or a U.S. territory).

Candidates for nutritionist jobs may also qualify for licensure without the 900-hour supervised experience requirement if they possess certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists.

Minnesota Nutritionist Licensure: The Application Process

To become a licensed nutritionist in Minnesota, candidates must complete an Application for Nutritionist Licensing. Applicants may also complete an online application through the Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice’s website.
Applicants must include the following with their completed application:

  • $325 ($175 nutritionist license application fee and $150 initial license fee); AND
  • Documented proof of the completion of the required pre-professional practice experience ; AND
  • An official transcript showing the required education for licensure; OR
  • A copy of the CNS certification

The completed application and required documentation must be mailed to:

State of Minnesota
Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 402
Minneapolis, MN 55414

All nutritionist licenses in Minnesota expire on November 30 every year. The cost of the annual renewal is $45, and continuing education is based on a three-year cycle. The required continuing education credits depend upon the date of initial license. The three-year total is 45 continuing education credits.

Salary Highlights for Minnesota Licensed Nutritionists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed nutritionists in Minnesota earned an annual, mean salary of $55,710, as of May 2013. Minnesota ranked fourth in the nation for its concentration of nutritionist jobs during the same period.
Nutritionists in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area earned a mean, annual salary of $54,190, as of May 2013. This metropolitan area ranked fourth in the nation for its employment level of nutritionists.

Further, Southeast Minnesota ranked fifth in the nation among top-paying non-metropolitan areas in May 2013, with nutritionists there earning an annual, mean salary of $60,700 during this time.

Minnesota Licensed Nutritionists: Advancing in the Profession

One of the most effective ways to advance in the nutritionist profession in Minnesota and to enjoy access to a wealth of continuing education opportunities is through membership and work in professional associations/organizations, such as:

Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Minnesota School Nutrition Association
National Association of Nutrition Professionals

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