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The Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians notes that as of August 12, 2013, there are 2140 licensed dietitians working throughout the state. The Georgia Dietetic Association lists many and varied areas in which registered, licensed dietitians in Georgia work. They include corporate wellness programs; sports nutrition centers; food and/or nutrition-related businesses; research areas in food companies, pharmaceutical organizations, hospitals and universities; medical centers and universities as instructors; community and public health organizations; and private practice. Opportunities are great for registered dietitians in Georgia. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists in Georgia were earning average yearly wages of $51,780. Those earning in the 75th percentile in Georgia averaged annual wages of $62,840, while those earning in the 90th percentile in the state averaged $74,630 per year. Becoming a registered dietitian in Georgia takes hard work over a period of a few years but is an attainable goal for those who work hard. Read on to discover how to become a registered dietitian in Georgia through education and experience.
The Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians requires that all dietitians who plan to work in Georgia become licensed. In order to receive a dietitian license, you must complete registered dietitian education in Georgia. This education must be accredited the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)’s Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Georgia ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) Licensure:
With your undergraduate or graduate degree in dietetics or a related major that satisfies the CDR’s educational requirement, you are now ready to tackle their internship requirement. You must complete a Dietetic Internship (DI) in Georgia, which, under Georgia’s licensing law for dietitians, must be at least 900 hour in length. DIs in Georgia include:
When your internship is done and your education complete, you must pass the CDR’s Registered Dietitian Examination before licensure in Georgia can occur. This computerized, multiple-choice exam takes 180 minutes to finish. The CDR’s Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates are helpful in preparing to take the exam. You must answer a minimum of 125 questions for the exam to be scored. You are not permitted to skip questions, review answers or change answers once you have answered a question.
The exam costs $200 and is payable online through the CDR website. You will receive an email from PSI Exam Centers once the CDR receives your payment. PSI Exam Centers will help you schedule your exam. Georgia test centers include:
Make sure to bring a printed copy of your scheduling confirmation email from PSI Test Centers along with your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification card on exam day.
Questions on the exam are based in these areas of Dietetics and Nutrition:
A proctor at the PSI Exam Center will give you your score on the exam after you have finished taking it. A scaled score of 25 or better (on a scale of 0 to 50) is required to pass. Those who fail are allowed to re-take the exam in 45 days, by contacting the CDR to reschedule. After passing the CDR Registered Dietitian exam, you are permitted to use the credentials RD (Registered Dietitian) behind your name.
When you pass the CDR Registered Dietitian Examination and receive your Registered Dietitian title, you may apply for licensure as a dietitian in Georgia.
Maintaining Your Georgia Dietitian License
You must renew your Georgia license as a dietitian every two years. The fee for renewal is $50, payable via check or money order to the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians. During each two-year licensing period, you must complete 30 hours of continuing professional education (CPE). Keep all documentation of your CPE for five years in case the Board audits you. This includes certificates of completion, attendance, transcripts etc. CPE is acceptable to the Board if it meets the requirements of the Board, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the CDR, and other approved dietary organizations. Activities that may be counted as CPE for the Board’s purposes include:
Maintaining your CDR Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Georgia
Your registration as a Registered Dietitian in Georgia with the CDR is renewable every five years. During this time, you must complete 75 hours of CPEUs, many of which are the same as the Board requires (see above) The CDR’s PDP Guide and CPE Database assist you in finding applicable CPE activities and in keeping track of them online.