State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

New York

New York Nutritionist Certification

The number of nutritionists being licensed in New York is steadily increasing, with 217 licenses issued in 2009, 280 licenses issued in 2012, and 319 licenses issued in 2013. As of January 1, 2014, there were 5,391 licensed dieticians and nutritionists in New York.

The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, certifies dieticians and nutritionists in New York. As such, the titles certified dietician-nutritionist, certified dietician, and certified nutritionist within New York requires certification.

The Education Department, Office of the Professions recognizes the primary function of a certified nutritionist in New York as providing nutrition care services that include: assessing nutrition needs and food patterns; planning for the provision of food as related to physical and nutritional needs; and providing nutrition counseling.

Note: There is currently proposed legislation underway (Bill S4999) that would amend the current New York State certification of dieticians and nutritionist and provide for a protected scope of practice under licensure.

Requirements to Become a Certified Nutritionist in New York

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To become a certified nutritionist in New York, candidates must be at least 18 years old and must meet all education, experience, and examination requirements of one of the following:

  • Individuals must complete a program in dietetics-nutrition that culminates in a bachelor’s degree that qualifies for certification in dietetics-nutrition or has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). The program must include at least 45 semester hours of coursework in dietetics/nutrition and must include at least 20 semester hours of coursework in the area of human biological sciences and social and behavioral sciences; AND

Individuals must complete at least 800 hours of planned work experience, which may be the structured part of the educational program or may be completed after the completion of the educational program. This work experience must consist of continuous work experience in the field of dietetics/nutrition and must be under the supervision of a NYS certified dietician-nutritionist or is a member of a national nutrition or dietetic association that is acceptable to the Department. The experience must include:

  • Providing nutritional counseling
  • Assessing nutrition needs and food patterns
  • Assessing food provisions for physical and nutritional needs
  • Individuals must complete a program that culminates in an associate’s degree in dietetics-nutrition that is registered by the NYS Education Department as acceptable for certification in dietetics-nutrition or is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). The program must include at least 30 semester hours of coursework in dietetics-nutrition and at least 15 semester hours in the human biological sciences and social behavioral sciences; AND

Individuals must have completed at least 10 years of full-time education (a full-time equivalent year is 1,600 hours) and supervised experience within 15 years preceding the application for certification. The experience must include:

  • Assessing nutrition needs and food patterns
  • Planning for and directing the provision of food appropriate for physical and nutritional needs
  • Providing nutritional counseling

It must also include at least 2 ½ years of continuous planned work experience in dietetics-nutrition, which must have been under the supervision of a NYS certified dietician-nutritionist or is a member of a national nutrition or dietetic association that is acceptable to the Department; AND

Individuals qualifying for certification through this pathway must also obtain the endorsement of three dietitians or nutritionists acceptable to the Department.

Examination Requirements for Nutritionist Certification in New York

To satisfy the examination requirements for certification in nutrition, candidates must take and pass the Certified Nutrition Specialist examination through the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists.

Candidates should contact the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists at 202-903-0267 or at office@cbns.org to learn more about admission requirements and the necessary procedures for taking the examination.

Applying to Become a Nutritionist in New York

Candidates for certification as a nutritionist must complete an Application for Certification and send it, along with all required documentation and the certification fee of $294 (made payable to the New York State Education Department), to the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, at P.O. Box 22063, Albany, NY 12201.
Required documents may include one or more of the following:

  • Form 2: Certification of Professional Education
  • Form 3E: Certification of Dietetics – Nutrition Examination Results
  • Form 4: Applicant Professional Experience Record
  • Form 4B: Report of Experience Record
  • Form 4C: Report of Planned Work Experience
  • Form 4E: Endorsement by an Acceptable Dietician-Nutritionist

Salary Statistics for Nutritionists in New York

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York nutritionists made the top 10 list in a number of categories, as of May 2013:

  • New York State ranked second in the nation for its employment level of nutritionists, second only to California. The annual, mean salary for nutritionists, as of May 2013, was $60,680.
  • The New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ metropolitan area ranked first in the nation for its employment of nutritionists, with 2,840 nutritionists employed there, as of May 2013. The annual, mean salary for nutritionists in this metropolitan area during this time was $62,140.
  • Elmira, New York, ranked eighth in the nation among metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of nutritionist jobs, as of May 2013.

 

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