State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Nutrition Careers in Florida

The vision of the Florida Department of Health is to help make Florida the healthiest state in the nation. Registered dietitians are an important piece of this goal. Completing the required registered dietitian education in Florida and earning a license as a dietitian/nutritionist can enable you to make a difference in the nutritional outcomes of Floridians of all ages. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists working in the state of Florida earned an annual mean salary of $56,610. In certain parts of the state, dietitians earned higher than average yearly salaries.  For example, in the Port St. Lucie area, dietitians earned an average of $64,100 per year. In the Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area, dietitians brought home about $60,690 annually. Lakeland and Winter Haven dietitians earned an average of $59,420 per year. Those working in the Miami, Miami Beach, and Kendall areas earned $58,160 per year on average. Keep reading to learn how to become a dietitian in Florida.

 
Step 1

Get Your Florida Registered Dietitian Education

The Florida Board of Dietetics and Nutrition mandates that only those who earn the credential of Registered Dietitian can be licensed as a dietitian in the state. Earning this credential begins with completing registered dietitian education in Florida. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)’s Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics must accredit the program that you choose.

Florida ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) Licensure:

Would you rather become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)?

This option requires less education and experience, and is a way to get into the field of Dietetics in Florida more quickly. You must complete one of the following ACEND-accredited DTR programs in Florida, which combine an associate’s degree curriculum with a 450-hour internship, then pass the CDR Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) exam:

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Step 2

Apply for your Florida Dietetic Internship (DI)

Once you have a degree in dietetics or a related area, you must complete the experience requirement of the CDR.  In some instances, the DI may offer you the opportunity to complete a graduate degree while fulfilling the internship requirement. The following ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internships (DI) are offered in Florida:

Before applying for licensure to practice as a dietitian in Florida, you must complete a Florida Board of Dietetics and Nutrition-approved two-hour course related to the prevention of medical errors. This course may be offered in your CP, DPD or DI.

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Step 3

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam

The next challenge on your way to becoming a Registered Dietitian in Florida is to pass the CDR’s Registered Dietitian Examination. This exam takes about three hours to complete and consists of computer-based, multiple-choice questions. The CDR’s Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates can help you to study for and apply for the exam. You must answer at least 125 questions (exam ranges from 125 to 145 questions in length) and may not skip, change or go back to review answers.

The CDR will email you instructions on registration and paying the $200 exam fee online once you are eligible to take it. After PSI Exam Centers receives your online payment, they will email you to schedule your exam. It is given at the following Florida locations:

  • Fort Lauderdale: 2011 S. Perimeter Road, Suite G, Executive Airport
  • Jacksonville: 1801 Art Museum Drive, Building 3500, Suite 101
  • Opa-Locka: 14351 NW 41st Avenue, Musick Rd, Building 209, Opa-Locka Airport/Miami area
  • Orlando: 5125 Adanson Street, Suite 450
  • Tampa: 9270 Bay Plaza Blvd, Suite 615

Questions on the exam are derived from the information you have studies, and include these sub-disciplines of Dietetics and Nutrition:

  • Food and Nutrition Sciences
  • Management of Food and Nutrition Services and Programs
  • Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups
  • Food Service Systems

Your score on the exam will be given to you at the test center on the same day. You must receive a scaled score of at least 25 to pass. If you fail, you may re-take it in 45 days or later. Go to the CDR website to reschedule your exam. Once you pass the exam, you can use the credentials RD (Registered Dietitian).

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Step 4

Apply for Licensure as a Dietitian in Florida

You have passed the CDR Registered Dietitian Examination and are now ready to apply for a license to work as a dietitian in Florida.

  1. Download the Application for Dietitian-Nutritionist Licensure
  2. Enclose a check or money order for $355 payable to the Florida Department of Health
  3. Complete the application in its entirety.
  4. Mail the application and fee to: Florida Department of Health/Dietetics and Nutrition, P.O. Box 6330, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330.
  5. If you have any documentation to send later, send it to: Department of Health, Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C05, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255.
  6. Your application will be reviewed and you should be contacted by the Department within 30 days of its receipt. This will be done by postal mail or email, whichever you specify. If your application is lacking, you will be notified of what needs to be submitted.
  7. Once you receive your Florida license, you may use the credentials LD/N (Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist) in the state of Florida only. 

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Step 5

Licensure and Registration as a Dietitian in Florida

Maintaining Your Florida Dietitian License

Your Florida dietitian license must be renewed every two years. During each two-year license renewal period, you must complete continuing education (CE) consisting of:

  • 2 hour course in the prevention of medical errors
  • 3 hour course on HIV/AIDS (only required for your first license renewal)
  • 30 hours of approved CE that follows these rules:
    • No more than 10 hours may come from:
      • Educational techniques
      • Personal growth
      • Risk management
      • Education management
    • Appropriate CE courses may be found at CE Broker, the continuing education tracking database used by the Florida Department of Health. You may also keep track of your CE here.
    • Keep your certificates of completion of CE for at least four years in case you are audited by the department

Maintaining your CDR Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Florida

You must renew your registration with the CDR as a Registered Dietitian in Florida every five years. During each five-year period, you must complete 75 hours of CPEUs (continuing professional education units). The CDR’s PDP Guide  and CPE Database  can help you to find appropriate courses and activities following the CPE rules of the CDR.

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