State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Nebraska

Nebraska Nutritionist Certification

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services licenses medical nutrition therapists, professionals who are assess the nutritional status of patients through medical nutrition therapy. The Department does not license nutritionists.

Licensed medical nutrition therapists assess a patient’s nutritional status and follow it up with specific treatment that may range from diet modification to specialized nutrition support, which may include determining nutrient needs and monitoring and evaluating the patient’s response to treatment.

Medical nutrition therapy must be performed under the consultation of a licensed physician in Nebraska; however, the statutes of the Uniform Credentialing Act outline a number of exceptions where individuals may provide general nutrition services without a license. These include normal nutritional requirements related to:

  • Identifying the nutritional needs of individuals and groups
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating nutrition education programs

How to Qualify to Become a Medical Nutrition Therapist in Nebraska: Degree and Experience Requirements

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To qualify to become a medical nutrition therapist in Nebraska, candidates must be at least 19 years old, they must be a United States citizen (or legal alien), and they must have met the requirements for education and experience through one of four paths:

  • Have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, or an equivalent course of study approved by the Board; AND

Have successfully completed a program of supervised clinical experience approved by the Department of no less than 900 hours of planned, continuous experience in human nutrition, food and nutrition, or dietetics under the supervision of an individual who meets the qualifications of a medical nutrition therapist; AND

Have successfully passed a licensure examination (May include the Registration Examination for Dieticians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration or another examination established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and determined to be equivalent by the Board)  

  • Have successfully completed a master’s or doctoral degree program from an accredited college or university in one of the following:
    • Nutrition education
    • Human nutrition
    • Food and nutrition
    • Public health nutrition
    • An equivalent course of study with a degree that is “nutrition in nature” and approved by the Board
  • Have successfully complete a master’s or doctoral degree program from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in clinical nutrition, which includes at least 200 hours of biochemistry and physiology and at least 75 hours in human nutrition; AND

Have successfully passed a licensure examination (May include the Registration Examination for Dieticians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration or another examination established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and determined to be equivalent by the Board)

How to Apply to Become a Medical Nutrition Therapist: How to Become Licensed in Nebraska

To apply to become a licensed medical nutrition therapist in Nebraska, applicants must complete and submit a Medical Nutrition Therapy Application for a License to the Department. The application must include all required documentation regarding education and experience qualifications, which details that their initial license in based on:

  • American Dietetic Association (ADA)
  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Master’s or doctoral degree

All documentation, the completed application, and the $114 (made payable to Licensure Unit) licensing fee must be sent to:

Licensure Unit, Medical Nutrition Therapy
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68509

Medical nutrition therapist licenses in Nebraska expire on September 1 of odd-numbered years. The cost of renewal is $114. Individuals can expect to receive a notice of renewal about 90 days prior to the expiration date. To renew a medical nutrition therapist license in Nebraska, individuals must document the completion of at least 30 hours of approved continuing education.

A list of approved continuing education programs can be found here.
Individuals may earn up to 20 hours of continuing education for completing a certification program through associations/organizations such as:

  • National Board of Nutrition Support Certification – Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
  • National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators – Certified Diabetes Educator
  • American Council on Exercise – Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration – Board Certification as a Specialist in: Renal Nutrition, Gerontological Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition, or Oncology Nutrition

 

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