Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you:
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) states that on July 1, 2013, 1313 Registered Dietitians were working in Connecticut. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists working in Connecticut averaged a yearly salary of $63,030. The Connecticut Department of Labor projects that between the years 2010 and 2020, job opportunities for dietitians and nutritionists in Connecticut will increase by 14 percent. Opportunities for Dietetic Technicians, Registered, which requires a bit less schooling and experience registered dietitians, are expected to increase by 8 percent during the same time period. Registered dietitians may find employment in Connecticut in settings such as long-term care facilities, health care facilities, hospitals, childcare facilities, schools, corporations and government agencies. Becoming a registered dietitian in Connecticut requires education and experience, as well as passing an examination. Those who want to learn about dietitian licensing in Connecticut will find the answers in this article.
In Connecticut there is no certification that is required to perform indicudualized nutrition counseling though there may be limitations on insurance reimbursement eligibility. Connecticut currently has a Certification/Title Proction law. This law certifies nutritionists and dietitians and allows them to use the title Certified Nutritionist or Certified Dietitian.
Registered Dieitians who are certified by the CDR are concidered to have met all three requirements for state certification.
ACEND-Accredited Programs in Connecticut:
Educational pathways that lead to the Registered Dietitian status in Connecticut are:
ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) status in Connecticut:
An alternative to becoming a Registered Dietitian in Connecticut is to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). This career pathway requires a shorter period of education and internship than that of the RD pathway, which makes it attractive to some students. DTR Programs in Connecticut combine coursework leading to an associate’s degree and a 450-hour internship. They include:
Completion of one of the above programs renders you eligible to take the CDR’s Dietary Technician, Registered Examination.
The next step is to complete a Dietetic Internship (DI), which again must be accredited by ACEND. This type of program provides valuable work experience in dietetics and must be 1200 hours long. In Connecticut, Dietetic Internships include:
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics, or your Didactic Program in Dietetics combined with your Dietetic Internship, should have prepared you quite well for the next step on the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian in Connecticut: passing the CDR’s Registered Dietitian exam. Look over the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates, both by the CDR. These will help you in preparing for and applying for the exam.
You must register for and pay for the exam online at the CDR website. Pay the exam fee of $200 by credit card only online. Once your payment is received, PSI Exam Centers will contact you to schedule your exam date and time. Connecticut PSI Exam Centers include:
You will be given 180 minutes to complete between 125 and 145 multiple-choice questions on the computer. You must answer 125 or more questions in order for the computer to score your exam. You may not skip, go back and change, or review your answers. Questions are based on your studies in dietetics and nutrition in four major areas: Food and Nutrition Services, Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services, Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups, and Food Service Systems and Management.
Once you have completed the exam, your score will be given to you at the test center that day. A scaled score of 25 or better on a scale of 0 to 50 passes the exam. If you do not pass, you can re-take the exam 45 days after your first attempt. Contact the CDR via their website to do so. You must provide your CDR ID number and the last four digits of your social security number when you apply for reauthorization to take the exam again.
Well done! You have completed the necessary education and experience and passed the CDR examination and are now a Registered Dietitian! To be able to legally work in Connecticut, you must now apply for certification through the state if you chose the route of clinical dietitian. Complete the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Dietitian/Nutritionist Certification Application. Enclose the initial certification fee of $190, payable via check or money order to Treasurer, State of Connecticut. Be sure to complete the application fully and have it notarized. Have the Commission on Dietetic Registration send verification of your registration in writing directly to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Mail your application, money and any requested supporting information to Connecticut Department of Public Health, Dietitian/Nutritionist Certification, 410 Capitol Ave, MS# 12 APP, P.O. Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134.
Maintaining Your Connecticut Certification
Your certification as a Registered Dietitian in Connecticut must be renewed on an annual basis. The Connecticut Department of Public Health will mail you a renewal notification 60 days before the expiration date of your certification. A link to renew online will be provided. You must also pay a renewal fee of $100. The state of Connecticut does not require Registered Dietitians to complete continuing education in order to maintain certification to practice.
Maintaining your CDR Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Connecticut
The CDR requires that you complete 75 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) every five years, at which time you will renew your registration. This PDP Guide can instruct you on approved CPE activities and documentation of CPE activities. Currently, 17 approved CPE activities in Connecticut are listed on CDR’s CPE database. They include (but are not limited to):
Specialty Dietary and Nutrition Certification Options for Connecticut Dietitians
Registered Dietitians in Connecticut may choose to become certified in a specialty in which they practice. This certification can sometimes serve to satisfy CDR’s continuing professional education requirement. In Connecticut, some of the most popular specialty certifications for Registered Dietitians are: