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The Kansas Dietetic Association celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012 as a non-profit organization, composed of dietetic professionals working across the state. Its members may be Registered Dietitians or Dietetic Technicians, and may work in areas including, but not limited to, media, business, education, industry, food service management, education, research, healthcare institutions, government agencies, and community organizations. As of 2013, there are 718 Registered Dietitian members of the Kansas Dietetic Association, across six districts in Kansas. The Association is divided into the following districts: Kansas City Dietetic Association, Wichita Dietetic Association, Western Kansas Dietetic Association, and Kansas Dietetics in Health Care Communities including TriRivers and Southeast Kansas.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor says that as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists working in Kansas made an average yearly salary of $51,860. Dietitians and nutritionists practicing in certain areas of Kansas made more than the state average. For example, dietitians and nutritionists working in the Wichita area earned an average annual wage of $52,730. In the Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas area, they averaged $53,060 per year. Of course, becoming a registered dietitian in Kansas is limited to those who complete the right registered dietitian education in Kansas, passing an exam and fulfilling the Kansas dietitian licensing expectations. Please keep reading if you wish to learn how to become a Registered Dietitian in Kansas.
Dietitians in Kansas must be licensed, which means they must first receive Registered Dietitian (RD) status from the Commission on Dietitian Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This requires completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-approved course of study, culminating in at least a bachelor’s degree.
ACEND-Accredited Educational Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) status in Kansas:
Both types of dietitian education programs in Kansas will require that you complete coursework in:
The next requirement of CDR and Kansas for registration and licensing as a dietitian is to complete at least 900 hours of a supervised dietary internship.
After meeting the CDR’s and the state of Kansas’ requirement for education and internship, you are ready to take CDR’s National Registration Exam for Dietitians. It should last approximately three hours and is computer-based and multiple-choice. You must answer 125 of a possible 145 questions in order for the computer to score your exam correctly. You may not skip or change any answers once you have entered them into the computer. The test cost $200 and covers the above-mentioned subject matter, with which you should be quite familiar by now. You can register online to take the test at PSI Exam Centers, which in Kansas include:
Your score will flash on-screen as you complete the exam. You must get at least 25 on a scaled score from zero to 50 in order to pass. If you fail, you may re-take the exam, but not for at least 45 days from your first try. Passing the CDR National Registration Exam for Dietitians gives you the credentials RD (Registered Dietitian).
Now that you have fulfilled Kansas’ and the CDR’s requirement for education, experience and examination, you are ready to apply for licensure through the state of Kansas. Download and print the Application for Kansas Dietitian License. You must include a check or money order for $140 payable to Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Along with your application and licensing fee, include:
Mail all documents and money to Health Occupations Credentialing, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 503 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
Maintaining Your Kansas Dietitian Licensing
Your Kansas dietitian license expires biennially. During each two-year span, you must complete 15 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) to maintain your license. At the renewal time, you must download and print the Renewal Application for Dietitian Licensure. Enclose a renewal fee of $135 payable via check or money order to KDADS. Sign the form where indicated to attest that you have completed the necessary CPE. Keep all of your CPE documentation as you may be randomly audited. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Health Occupations Credentialing department publishes approved CPE activities online. Mail your renewal application and renewal fee to Health Occupations Credentialing, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 503 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
Approved topics of education for Kansas’ CPE purposes include:
Ways to earn CPE in Kansas include, but are not limited to:
Keep records of your CPE, as you may be selected to be randomly audited by the Board.
Maintaining your Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Kansas
Your registration as a dietitian with the CDR is renewed every five years. During that time, you must satisfy their CPE requirement of 75 CPE hours. Activities specific to the Kansas area may be found by searching the CDR’s CPE Database .The CDR’s PDP Guide will demonstrate how to create and maintain a CPE portfolio, which is also a requirement for registration renewal. Currently listed CPE programs in Kansas carry the following subject matter: