Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you:
One way for Minnesota students who are interested in the profession of registered dietitian to gain valuable experience is through volunteering. The Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lists many volunteer opportunities for qualified individuals on its website. Volunteering can be a great way to get a head start on your potential career as a registered dietitian in Minnesota. You can volunteer while completing registered dietitian education in Minnesota, or before or after education is completed. Examples of volunteer opportunities in Minnesota in nutrition and dietetics include:
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists working in the state of Minnesota earned an average yearly wage of $55,970. Becoming a registered dietitian in Minnesota requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance. You must complete at least four years of education, 900 hours of a supervised practice experience, and pass a registration examination before Minnesota will consider licensing you to work as a dietitian in the state. If you would like to learn more details, read below.
The Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) both stipulate that certain education, experience and examination requirements be fulfilled prior to registration and licensure as a dietitian in Minnesota. The dietitian education program in Michigan you choose must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) Licensure in Minnesota:
What If I’m Looking for an Alternative to Becoming a Registered Dietitian in Minnesota?
Are you interested in the field of nutrition and dietetics, but do not want to study for four years and spend 900 hours in an internship? An alternative for you might be to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). Also accredited by ACEND and mandated by the CDR, DTR programs offer students a two-year associate degree program in dietetic technology, and a 450-hour internship. DTR students must pass the CDR’s DTR Exam prior to registration. There is just one DTR program in Minnesota, and it includes class work and the internship:
The CDR and the state of Minnesota both require that you complete at least 900 hours of supervised professional experience in nutrition and dietetics after completing your degree requirements. This Dietetic Internship (DI) must also be ACEND-accredited. In Minnesota, DIs include:
The Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice along with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) mandate that you must pass the CDR’s Registration Exam for Dietitians if you wish to practice as a dietitian in Minnesota. View the CDR’s Registration Exam for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates to learn the application process and what you should study. It will instruct you how to register and pay exam fees ($200) online. The test is given at the following PSI Exam Centers in Minnesota:
You are given three hours to complete up to 145 questions on a computerized multiple-choice format exam. You must answer at least 125 questions, and may not skip or change answers. You will receive your score at the exam center after taking the test. You need a scaled score of 25 or better to pass. If you pass, you may legally use the RD (Registered Dietitian) credentials.
The Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice states that you must apply for a license before you may work in the state as a dietitian. Once you have fulfilled the CDR’s requirements, you are ready to apply for state licensing as a Minnesota dietitian.
Maintaining Your Minnesota Dietitian License
Your Minnesota dietitian license expires November 30 of each year. The renewal fee is $45, payable via credit card when you renew online. Every three years, you must accrue a minimum of 45 continuing education (CE) units via board-approved CE programs. You will report these units to the Board in the manner directed by them. Examples of board –approved CE programs include publications, poster presentations, exhibits, study groups, seminars, lectures, correspondence study courses, conferences and courses/classes.
Maintaining your Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Minnesota
CDR registration is renewable on a five-year basis. You must accrue 75 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every five years as well. The CDR’s CPE Database and PDP Guide are helpful in finding local CPE activities, deciding what counts as CPE and documenting your CPE.
How to Become a Nutritionist in Minnesota
A nutritionist in Minnesota holds a separate license to practice in the state from that of a dietitian, and must meet separate qualifications: