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:
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:
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.
Individuals who want to learn how to become a nutritionist in Montana must complete an Application for Nutritionist License and complete the following:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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: