Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you:
According to the Delaware Dietetic Association, made up of 200 licensed dietitians/nutritionists in Delaware, its members work in a wide variety of settings across the state of Delaware, including public health, community organizations, universities, fitness centers, schools, nursing homes, senior centers, school-based wellness centers, private practice, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor notes that in May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists in Delaware brought home an average yearly salary of $59,210. Those employed in the downstate (Sussex County) area earned even higher average wages per year of $60,640. There are two routes
There are two routes to dietitian licensing in Delaware.
Your coursework must contain:
Whether you chose Option 1 or Option 2 above, you must complete a Dietetic Internship (DI) in Delaware. If you chose Option 1, you must attend an ACEND-accredited DI, which is 1200 hours in length. In Delaware, ACEND-accredited DIs include:
If you chose Option 2 above, you must still complete an internship in dietetics/nutrition that meets the following standards:
If you are completing Option 1 above and have completed your Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship, you are now ready to take the CDR’s Registered Dietitian Exam. (If you are seeking licensure via Option 2, skip this step and go on to Step 4).
Your extensive and thorough education and internship should make you feel quite confident that you can pass the CDR’s Registered Dietitian exam. The exam will cover most of the subjects included in your DPD program, in a computerized, multiple-choice, three-hour format. If you feel that you need extra help in preparing for the exam, the CDR provides resources on their website such as the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates.
Also at the CDR website, you will apply to take and pay for the exam. The fee is $200 and payable by credit card. PSI Exam Centers will email you when they have received your payment, and prompt you to schedule your exam. The only PSI Exam Center located in Delaware is:
Please note that you must answer at least 125 questions on the CDR exam in order for it to be graded. The test will range from 125 to 145 questions. You are not permitted to skip any questions, go back to change answers, or go back to review answers. You will receive your score at the test center after the exam is completed. If you pass, you will receive information from CDR about your new credentials as a Registered Dietitian (RD). If you fail, you may retake the exam in 45 days. Contact the CDR online to receive another authorization to test.
Regardless of whether you chose Option 1 or Option 2 above, you must now apply for licensing as a dietitian/nutritionist in Delaware before you can legally work in the state.
Maintaining Your Delaware License
Your L.D.N. (Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist) license in Delaware expires on May 31 of odd numbered years. The Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition will mail you a renewal notice a few weeks prior to expiration, which will instruct you on renewing your license online. You must pay your renewal fee online as well, and will be notified of that fee in your renewal notice.
Additionally, you must provide documentation that you have completed the necessary 30 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years to keep your license valid. You will attest to completion of these hours when you renew your license online. The Board will select L.D.N.s from random and audit their CE, so make sure to maintain accurate and complete records of all CE you have taken in case you are chosen for audit. Applicable CE is the same as the CPE (continuing professional education) that is approved by CDR for registration purposes, with the following exceptions:
Maintaining your CDR Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Delaware
Under rules of the CDR, you must renew your registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD) in Delaware every five years. During each five-year span, you must complete 75 hours of approved CPE. The CDR’s CPE Database and PDP Guide can help you find acceptable forms of CPE. Certain specialty certifications in nutrition and dietetics are also ways to fulfill the CPE requirements, and are listed in the PDP Guide.