Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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).
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.
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):
Possible job titles for dietitians in Missouri, per the Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, include (but are not limited to):