State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

North Dakota

North Dakota Nutritionist Certification

The North Dakota Board of Dietetics Practice (NDBODP) regulates and licenses both dieticians and nutritionists. The definition of a licensed nutritionist is a person licensed to provide general nutrition services in North Dakota. As such, only licensed nutritionists are allowed to practice or represent themselves using the title of licensed nutritionist or LN.

Licensed nutritionists may find a wealth of professional opportunities in North Dakota, as the East Central section of North Dakota ranks third in the nation for its concentration of nutrition jobs. Nutritionists in this area earned a mean, annual salary of $50,370, as of May 2013.

Requirements on Becoming a Licensed Nutritionist in North Dakota

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Requirements for becoming a licensed nutritionist in North Dakota vary from requirements for becoming a licensed dietician; candidates for nutritionist licenses in North Dakota should ensure they distinguish between these two sets of requirements.
Nutritionist candidates can meet the requirements for licensure by possessing one of the following:

  • Successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in dietetics or food and nutrition from an accredited college or university that meets the didactic requirements of the American Dietetic Association; OR
  • Successfully complete a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in one of the following:
    • Human nutrition
    • Nutrition education
    • Foods and nutrition
    • Public health nutrition; OR
  • Successfully complete a master’s or doctoral degree in a related field that meets the eligibility requirements for Commission on Dietetic Registration; OR
  • Maintain membership in one of the following organizations:
    • American Institute of Nutrition
    • American Society for Clinical Nutrition
    • American Board of Nutrition

Note: Unlike most states, there are no experience or examination requirements for becoming a licensed nutritionist in North Dakota.

Applying to Become a Licensed Nutritionist in North Dakota

To become a licensed nutritionist in North Dakota, candidates must ensure they meet the educational requirements set forth by the Board. If the candidate’s bachelor’s degree is more than 10 years old, they must submit evidence of the completion of 75 hours of continuing education completed in the last 5 years.

In addition to submitting a completed, signed, and notarized License Application form, candidates must furnish the Board with official transcripts from their degree or a copy of their current membership card.

All three pages of the application must be completed. A $60 initial application fee (made payable to the North Dakota Board of

Dietetics Practice) for a nutritionist license must accompany the application and all materials must be mailed to:

Pat Anderson, NDBODP
2304 Jackson Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501

Renewal Instructions for Nutritionists in North Dakota

The renewal period for nutritionist licenses in North Dakota is 5 years. Candidates for renewal must complete at least 75 hours of continuing education during their 5-year licensure period, complete a Renewal Form, and pay a renewal fee of $45.00.

The Board encourages licensed nutritionists to utilize the professional development resources of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the professional development opportunities through the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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