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Per the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Alaska has 193 Registered Dietitians (RD) in July 2013. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in May 2012, dietitians working in Alaska made the fifth-highest annual salary of dietitians working in all states, at $63,560. Registered Dietitians in Alaska may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, health care facilities, long-term care facilities, schools, military bases, and within Indian tribes. All Registered Dietitians working in Alaska must have a license to work in the state. The following information will describe how to become a registered dietitian in Alaska.
The Alaska Dietetic Association requires that, if you wish for dietitian licensing in the state, you must meet the mandates of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and become a Registered Dietitian. Completion of one of the following educational programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is required:
ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) Licensure in Alaska:
In order to become a Registered Dietitian in Alaska, you must complete one of these programs:
Nutritionist Licensing in Alaska
If you wish to become a licensed nutritionist authorized to practice in the state of Alaska, you must meet one of the following educational requirements:
Additionally, you must complete an internship in human nutrition that is at least 900 hours in duration.
Once these qualifications have been met, apply for Nutritionist Licensure in Alaska via this application form. Make sure to include the application fee of $50 and license fee of $50 via check or money order payable to the State of Alaska. Mail to State of Alaska; Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; Nutritionist Licensing; P.O. Box 110806; Juneau, A 99811-0806.
With bachelor’s degree in hand, you are ready to apply for a Dietetic Internship (DI) in Alaska. These programs are accredited by ACEND and offer you the opportunity to work supervised in the field of dietetics for 1200 hours. In Alaska, DI programs include:
In Alaska, before becoming licensed to practice as a registered dietitian you must pass the CDR Examination for Registered Dietitians. This exam is taken after all coursework and internship time is finished. You will receive an email from ACT, Inc., the testing service of CDR when you are eligible to take the test. From the date of receipt of this email, you have one year to schedule and take the test.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Exam Prep Site offers an online course and practice test for a fee that may help you prepare to take the CDR test. You may also purchase the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and Study Outline from CDR. The Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates will help you in the application and examination process.
You will register and pay for the CDR exam online. The CDR exam costs $200 and you may pay online by credit card. Once PSI Exams Online has received payment, they will email you to schedule the location, date and time of your CDR Registered Dietitian Exam. Exams are given year round at these Alaska PSI Exam Centers:
You must bring a photo ID and your email confirming your scheduled date, place and time with you to the test center on the day of the exam.
CDR Registration Exam for Dietitians
The Registration Exam for Dietitians is a three hour, multiple-choice, computerized examination. You must answer every question and may not skip answers or go back to change any answers. It will range from 125 to 145 questions, but you must answer a minimum of 125 questions for the exam to be scored.
Four major areas of dietetics and nutrition are covered on the exam:
You will receive your score report at the test center on the day of the exam. You must get at least a scaled score of 25 to pass the CDR exam. You will receive an email from CDR giving you information on your new RD credential.You may re-take the exam 45 days after the date of the first exam if you do not pass the first time. Write to or call the Commission on Dietetic Registration, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606. (800) 877-1600, Ext. 5500. Ask for a reauthorization to take the CDR RD Exam.
If you have your Registered Dietitian credential from CDR, you are ready to apply for licensure as a dietitian in Alaska. Complete the Alaska Dietitian Application, and have it notarized. Enclose a check/money order payable to the State of Alaska for $50 (application fee) plus $50 (license fee) for a total of $100. Ask the CDR to send verification of your registration directly to the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. Attach a recent head shot photo of yourself to the application. Mail to the State of Alaska; Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; Dietitian Licensing; P.O. Box 110806; Juneau, A 99811-0806.
Renewing Your Alaska License
As of August 2013, Alaska does not require its licensed Registered Dietitians to complete any continuing education in order to renew their license to practice in the state. You must renew your license every other year and pay a $50 renewal fee. Use the Biennial Dietitian License Renewal Form and pay the fee via check or money order to the State of Alaska. Mail to State of Alaska; Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; Dietitian Licensing Program; P.O. Box 110806; Juneau, A 99811-0806.
Maintaining your CDR Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Alaska
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires that you renew your registration with them every five years. During each five-year period, you must complete 75 units of continuing professional education (CPE). Utilize the PDP Guide to determine what qualifies as CPE. Currently, four approved CPE activities in Alaska are listed on CDR’s online CPE database:
Specialty Certifications in Nutrition in Alaska
One way that many Registered Dietitians in Alaska fulfill their CPE requirements with the CDR and move forward in their professions is to earn specialty certifications in nutrition-related areas. The CDR recognizes that certain specialty certifications earned in each five-year renewal period are sufficient to fulfill the entire 75 CPEU requirement for that period. These certifications include (but are not limited to):