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Steps to become a Registered Dietitian in Missouri

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Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you:

  1. Get Your Registered Dietitian Education in Missouri
  2. Get Your Dietetic Internship (DI) in Missouri
  3. Pass the Missouri CDR Registered Dietitian Examination
  4. Apply for Dietitian Licensing and Registration in Missouri
  5. Maintain Your Licensure and Registration in Missouri

Registered Dietitian job Description in Missouri

According to the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the average person eats 1500 pounds of food a year. If you are interested in statistics such as this, you might want to explore becoming a registered dietitian in Missouri. Education, experience and passing an examination are required both for becoming registered and licensed to practice dietetics in the state of Missouri. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says that as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists practicing in Missouri made a mean annual wage of $49,590. In parts of the state, dietitians earned higher than the state average yearly salary. For example, dietitians practicing in the Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers Arkansas-Missouri area earned an average of $55,710 per year. Those in the Columbia area averaged $54,870 annually. For more information on how to become a registered dietitian in Missouri, please read below.

 
Step 1

Get Your Registered Dietitian Education in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Regulation State Committee of Dietitians has ruled that those who meet the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)’s requirements to become a registered dietitian in Missouri are also eligible for state licensure. You must complete undergraduate or graduate, ACEND-accredited (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) registered dietitian education in Missouri.

Missouri ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) Licensure:

Missouri’s licensure requirements specify that you must have at least a bachelor’s degree and have completed coursework in the following areas:

  • Nine semester hours in biological sciences, which must include microbiology, human anatomy and physiology
  • Six semester hours in chemistry, including biochemistry
  • Six semester hours in behavioral sciences, such as educational psychology, counseling psychology, sociology or psychology
  • Six semester hours in management, including institutional management and food service management
  • 25 semester hours in foods and nutrition, with coursework in each of these areas:
    • Food science
    • Human nutrition
    • Advanced human nutrition
    • Applied human nutrition
    • Nutrition through the life cycle
    • Clinical nutrition
    • Medical dietetics
    • Diet therapy

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Step 2

Get Your Dietetic Internship (DI) in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Regulation State Committee of Dietitians agrees with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)’s requirement for all registered dietitians to undergo an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI) of at least 900 hours.  In Missouri, they include:

What if I want a shorter education and internship program in dietetics in Missouri?
Do you feel that studying for four to six years and completing a minimum 900-hour dietetic internship is too long, but you are still interested in the field of dietetics? You might want to study to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) instead. These professionals must complete ACEND-accredited educational programs that usually last about two years, and include a 450-hour internship. At the end of a DTR educational program/internship, you must pass the CDR’s Registration Examination for DTRs. Licensure is not required of DTRs in Missouri. ACEND-accredited DTR education is found in this location in Missouri:

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Step 3

Pass the Missouri CDR Registered Dietitian Examination

The Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Regulation State Committee of Dietitians and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) require that you next step is to pass the CDR Exam for Registered Dietitians before you may become a registered and licensed dietitian in Missouri. Review this Registration Exam for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates  that will help you apply for and take the exam. The exam costs $200, payable online through your CDR account. You will also register online to take the test at a nearby PSI Exam Center, which in Missouri include:

  • Kirksville – 1103 South Cottage Grove
  • St. Louis – 4874 Baumgartner Road

You must complete up to 145 multiple-choice questions on the computer in 180 minutes. You must answer at least 125 questions for the exam to be properly scored. You are not allowed to skip questions or change answers. At the end of the exam, you will receive a score report from the exam center proctor. You need a scaled score of at least 25 to pass. Passing bestows upon you the credentials RD (Registered Dietitian).

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Step 4

Apply for Dietitian Licensing and Registration in Missouri

The next step towards working as a registered, licensed dietitian in Missouri is to apply for state licensing. Download the Missouri Application for Licensure as a Licensed Dietitian. Enclose a $50 check or money order payable to the State Committee of Dietitians and a copy of your CDR registration card. Have your completed application notarized and mail everything to State Committee of Dietitians, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 1335, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Once your license is received, you may use the LD (Licensed Dietitian) credentials along with your RD credential in Missouri.

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Step 5

Maintain Your Licensure and Registration as a Dietitian in Missouri

Maintaining Your Missouri Dietitian License

Your Missouri dietitian license is renewed biennially, by April 1 of each even-numbered year. You will receive a renewal form by mail about a month before your license expires. You must enclose the specified renewal fee ($50 as of 2013) with your renewal application. After a 29-day grace period, if you submit the application late, you must submit an additional $50 delinquent fee. No continuing education is required of the State Committee of Dietitians in order to keep your dietitian license.

Maintaining your Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Missouri

Every five years, your CDR registration must be renewed. You must complete 75 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every five years as well. The CDR’s CPE Database and PDP Guide  offer examples of acceptable CPE activities in Missouri and tell you how to document and submit these hours.

Career Ideas and Job Sites for Registered Dietitians in Missouri

The Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lists many career ideas and job sites for those who are registered dietitians and/or are interested in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Potential job sites for dietitians in Missouri include (but are not limited to):

  • Wellness centers
  • Sports programs
  • Rehabilitation hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Military
  • Medical schools
  • Marketing research firms
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Laboratories at universities
  • Kidney dialysis centers
  • Hospitals
  • Home health care agencies
  • County or state health department
  • Federal or state health agencies
  • Food processing firms
  • Entrepreneur
  • Educational institutions
  • Correctional institutions
  • Cooperative extension system
  • Consumer organizations
  • Catering companies
  • Business – marketing and development departments
  • Biotechnology companies

Possible job titles for dietitians in Missouri, per the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, include (but are not limited to):

  • Weight reduction specialist
  • Teacher at the secondary or post-secondary level
  • School foodservice regional manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Research technician
  • Registered dietitian
  • Purchasing agent
  • Public health service officer
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Nutritionist
  • Nutritional scientist
  • Nutrition educator
  • Community nutritionist
  • Medical technologist
  • Merchandising supervisor
  • Hospital food service manager
  • Food technologist
  • Food service manager
  • Food scientist
  • Food production manager
  • Food and drug inspector
  • Food and beverage director
  • Extension nutrition specialist
  • Editor
  • Dietary interviewer
  • County supervisor of congregate meal sites
  • Community or consulting dietitian
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical dietitian

 

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