State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Licensed Dietitian Job Info in Georgia

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.

 
Step 1

Get Your Registered Dietitian Education in Georgia

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:

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Step 2

Apply to a Dietetic Internship (DI) in Georgia

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:

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Step 3

Take CDR Registration Exam for Registered Dietitians

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:

  • Atlanta – Circle 75 Office Park Building, 1000 Circle 75 Parkway, Suite 720, Room A
  • Macon – Ashley Park Office Building,  3902 Northside Drive, Suite C5
  • Tifton – 251 Southwell Blvd, Suite A

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:

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

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.  


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Step 4

Apply for Licensure as a Dietitian in Georgia

When you pass the CDR Registered Dietitian Examination and receive your Registered Dietitian title, you may apply for licensure as a dietitian in Georgia.

  1. Download the Application for Licensure
  2. Enclose the application fee via a check or money order for $75 payable to the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians
  3. Complete the application in its entirety – incomplete applications will not be processed.
  4. Enclose a copy of your current signed CDR card showing that you are a Registered Dietitian
  5. Mail the application in a 9 x 12 envelope – do not staple or fold the application - and fee to: Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217
  6. When your application is processed, you may officially use the title “licensed dietitian” in Georgia.

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Step 5

Licensure and Registration 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:

  • Academic coursework – may account for all 30 CPE units (CPEUs)in a renewal period
  • Case presentations – may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Dietetics-related Certificate Programs- may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Viewing learning through dietetics related exhibits – may account for up to 6 CPEUs in a renewal period
  • Experiential skill development training – may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Interactive workshops – may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Journal club activities – may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Attending lectures and seminars – may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Attending learning through dietetics related poster sessions – may account for up to 6 CPEUs
  • Professional leadership in dietetics-related organizations – may account for up to 6 CPEUs
  • Professional reading of dietetics-related articles from peer-reviewed professional journals – may account for up to 6 CPEUs
  • Conducting research related to dietetics- may account for up to 20 CPEUs in a renewal period
  • Dietetics related, post-bachelor’s Residency and Fellowship programs- may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Sponsored independent learning activities- may account for up to 20 CPEUs
  • Dietetics study groups- may account for up to 20 CPEUs
  • Earning dietetics-related certification approved by CDR- may account for all 30 CPEUs
  • Pre-approved self-study – may account for all 30 CPEUs

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.

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