State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

Registered Dietitian job Description in Minnesota

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:

  • Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis– cooking and delivering free meals to patients with breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, HIV/AIDS and other diseases  in Minnesota
  • Store to Door in Roseville – shopping for and delivering groceries to homebound senior citizens in Minnesota
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People in Bloomington- providing social and financial services, transportation, children and youth services, and food pantry services to low-income residents of Minnesota
  • Community Emergency Assistance Program in Blaine – providing youth food shelf, senior citizen  services, meals on wheels, transportation, and financial assistance to low-income Minnesota residents

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.

 
Step 1

Registered Dietitian Education in Minnesota

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:

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Step 2

Dietetic Internship (DI) in Minnesota

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:

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Step 3

Minnesota CDR Registered Dietitian Exam

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:

  • Duluth:                                   416 West Superior Street
  • Edina:                                    6550 York Avenue, Suite 317
  • Lake Elmo:                           3275 Manning Avenue N, Lake Elmo Airport
  • Moorhead:                            819 30th Avenue South, Suite 108
  • Rochester:                           3155 Superior Drive Northwest
  • St. Cloud:                             1542 45th Avenue Southeast, St. Cloud Airport
  • Thief River Falls:                13892 Airport Drive, Thief River Falls Regional Airport
  • Woodbury:                            6053 Hudson Road, Suite 210

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.

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Step 4

Apply for Dietitian Licensing in Minnesota

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.

  1. Download the Application for Dietitian Licensure
  2. Enclose application fee of $100, initial license fee of $150, and OET surcharge of $15 for a total of $265, via check or money order payable to the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice
  3. Enclose a notarized copy of your current CDR registration card
  4. Have the application notarized
  5. Mail everything to State of Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice, 2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 402, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3250
  6. You should receive your license by mail within two weeks of the board receiving your application, documentation and fees.

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Step 5

Maintain Licensure and Registration in Minnesota

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:

  • You must earn a postgraduate degree  (master’s level of above) in one of the following areas:
    • Food and nutrition
    • Community nutrition
    • Nutrition education
    • Clinical nutrition
    • Public health nutrition
    • Human nutrition
  • You must complete a supervised pre-professional internship in nutrition practice lasting at least 900 hours in the U.S. or its territories
  • You must become registered as a diplomate with the American Board of Nutrition, requiring that you pass their two-part nutrition examination. Passing it will give you the designation as a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN).
  • You must complete and submit the Application for Nutritionist Licensing, including:
    • A copy of your ACBN card
    • Fee of $175 (application) plus $150 (initial license) plus $15 (surcharge) for a total of $340 via check or money order payable to the Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
  • Renew your license as a nutritionist every year on November 30

 

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