State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Montana Nutritionist Certification

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners oversees the licensing and regulation of nutritionists in Montana. The scope of dietetic-nutrition practice is therefore clear: only a licensed nutritionist can provide the following services:

  • Assess the nutrition needs of individuals and groups
  • Establish priorities and objectives that are in line with available resources and constraints
  • Develop, implement, and manage nutrition care systems
  • Evaluate and maintain appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services

What is a Nutritionist? Eligibility and Degree Requirements

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The Montana Board of Medical Examiners recognizes nutritionists as individuals licensed by the Board under Montana law. Nutritionists must successfully complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s or doctorate degree by an accredited college or university in one of the following fields:

  • Dietetics
  • Food and nutrition
  • Public health nutrition

Candidates who do not possess the above educational requirements must apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for approval. The Board evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and ensures that the basic requirements have been met.

Candidates for nutritionist licensure in Montana must pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). To be eligible to sit for the CDR exam, candidates must possess the above educational requirements and show proof of the completion of a documented, supervised practice experience of at least 900 hours.

Applying to Become a Nutritionist in Montana

Individuals who want to learn how to become a nutritionist in Montana must complete an Application for Nutritionist License and complete the following:

  • Provide an application fee of $58.50 (made payable to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners).
  • Provide official transcripts verifying the completion of an education in nutrition (must be sent directly from the institution).
  • Provide a current copy of their CDR card.
  • Complete the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query and mail it to the address on the instructions. Applicants can obtain the form by visiting or by calling the NPDB at 1-800-767-6732.

The completed application, along with the application fee and related documentation, must be mailed to:
Montana Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

Applicants can contact the Board at 406-841-2300 or at with any questions regarding the application process.

Nutritionist licenses are valid for a period of 2 years, with renewals taking place August 31 to October 31 biennially. The cost of renewal is $100. There is no continuing education requirement.

Staying Connected to Nutrition-Related Issues in Montana

Professional organizations and associations play an important role in nutrition practice and advocacy in Montana. As such, membership and certification in nutrition organizations are popular in this profession:

Montana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Nutrition Association
American Society and Nutrition
School Nutrition Association

Career Opportunities for Nutritionists in Montana

A trend toward holistic care has made the integration of nutritional therapy and care commonplace in such settings as hospitals, government institutions, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, and workplace wellness programs. As such, nutritionists in Montana may find a number of career opportunities at these large Montana employers:

  • Billings Clinic
  • St. Patrick Hospital
  • Benefis Hospital
  • Kalispell Regional Medical Center
  • St. Vincent Healthcare
  • Missouri River Care and Rehabilitation Center
  • St. John’s Lutheran Home
  • Village Health Care Center
  • Park Place Healthcare Center
  • Valley Health Care Center
  • Billings Health and Rehab Community
  • Billings Public Schools

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