State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

New Mexico

New Mexico Nutritionist Certification

The New Mexico Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board licenses both dieticians and nutritionists. It is legal in New Mexico to furnish nutritional information on food and vitamins, but only licensed nutritionists and dieticians are permitted to call themselves nutritionists or dieticians.

In New Mexico, individuals working in the field of nutrition may be licensed as nutritionists or nutrition associates, depending on their education and experience.

Licensing for Nutritionists and Nutrition Associates

Individuals who want to learn how to become a nutritionist in New Mexico must first determine whether they meet the requirements for licensure as a nutritionist or nutrition associate:

Nutritionist License Requirements

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To qualify as a licensed nutritionist in New Mexico, applicants must possess one of the following:

  • A master’s or doctoral degree from an institution accredited by a member of the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation in one of the following majors: nutrition education, foods and nutrition, human nutrition, or public health nutrition; OR
  • A current, valid membership in one of the following:
    • American Clinical Board of Nutrition Certification (ABCN): Must possess a professional degree and at least 300 hours of nutrition education beyond the professional degree and two years of practice experience; must write an article or paper on some aspect of nutrition that could be published; and must pass the ABCN examination
    • American Society for Nutrition: Must possess a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in nutrition or a related field from an accredited college or university and must be able to demonstrate leadership in the field of nutrition as an educator, speaker, advocate, or administrator

Nutrition Associate

To qualify as a licensed nutrition associate in New Mexico, applicants must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university; AND
  • The completion of requirements needed to qualify for an internship or equivalent program that is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Examination Requirements for Nutrition and Nutrition Associates in New Mexico

To qualify for licensure as a nutritionist or nutrition associate in New Mexico, candidates must pass an examination related to entry-level nutrition practice and nutrition care services that has been approved by the board or be licensed in another state that has standards for licensure that are no less stringent than those in New Mexico.

Currently, the required examination for registration as a dietician, which is developed and administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), is required for licensure.

Applying for a Nutrition License in New Mexico

Candidates for nutritionist licenses in New Mexico must submit a completed and signed application, the required fee of $200 ($150 for the initial license fee and $50 for the application fee), and the following documents:

  • Official transcripts verifying the degree, mailed directly from the college or university; OR
  • Proof of membership in the American Clinical Board of Nutrition Certification or the American Society for Nutrition; AND
  • A copy of any previous or current licenses in other states

Candidates for nutrition associate licenses in New Mexico must submit a completed and signed application, the required fee of $200 ($150 for the initial license fee and $50 for the application fee), and the following documents:

  • Official transcripts verifying the degree, mailed directly from the college or university; AND
  • A copy of any previous or current licenses in other states; AND
  • A verification statement completed by a program director that verifies eligibility for an internship or equivalent program approved by the CDR; AND
  • Completed employment information form documenting supervision by a New Mexico licensed dietician or nutritionist

The completed application and all documentation must be mailed to:

Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Board
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Initial Licensing and Renewals for Nutritionists and Nutrition Associates in New Mexico

All licenses in New Mexico are valid for one year, and all renewal licenses are valid for one year beginning the day after the expiration of the license being renewed. In addition to completing the online license renewal application, licensed nutritionists and nutrition associates must show proof of compliance with continuing education requirements and pay the required license renewal fee of $75.

Licensed nutrition and nutrition associates in New Mexico must provide proof of the completion of at least 15 clock hours, or they must verify current registration with the CDR.

Professional Organizations for Nutritionists in New Mexico

Professional organizations and associations provide a number of services for nutritionists in New Mexico, including professional certification and membership, continuing education opportunities, and networking seminars and conventions.

New Mexico School Nutrition Association
New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Nutrition Association
National Association of Nutrition Professionals
American Society for Nutrition

 

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