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The Department of Health and Human Services in Nebraska, which is part of the Division of Public Health, licenses dietitians in Nebraska. However, unlike other states, Nebraska licenses dietitians as Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapists, with the credential being LMNT.
Nebraska recognizes LMNTs as being registered dietitians who work in the treatment and prevention of disease. Because they administer “medical nutrition therapy,” they are often part of medical teams working in: hospitals, out-patient counseling centers, private practice, HMOs, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and research and academia.
Although these professionals are referred to as licensed medical nutrition therapists in Nebraska, for the purposes of this report, we will use the term “registered dietitian” or “licensed dietitian.”
To become licensed in Nebraska, you must complete a number of steps:
According to Nebraska law, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in one of the following areas (or an equivalent course of study):
This requirement is in line with the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR), which requires you to complete a course of study resulting in a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
ACEND-Accredited Dietetic Programs in Nebraska:
Within Nebraska, the only ACEND-accredited program is through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree.
If you want to become a licensed nutritionist in Nebraska, it is important to know that Nebraska does not distinguish between a nutritionist and dietitian and instead only refers to professionals in dietetics and nutrition as Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapists, with the credential being LMNT.
You may therefore qualify for licensure in the State of Nebraska if you have completed one of the following:
You must apply for licensure in Nebraska as an LMNT if you meet one of the above requirements (see Step 4).
Upon completion of your ACEND-accredited educational program, you will be eligible to apply for a competitive dietetic internship (DI) in Nebraska.
All DI programs accredited by ACEND include at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice, which is above the 900 hours of supervised practice required by the Department of Health and Human Services.
There are 2 DI programs in the State of Nebraska:
To obtain a license in Nebraska as an LMNT, you must complete the Application for Licensure and submit it to:
Medical Nutrition Therapy
P.O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Licenses are renewed on September 1st of every odd-numbered year. Your application fee will vary based on when you are applying for a license. There is a chart on the application form to determine your application fee based on when you apply. In general, however, the application fee is $114 (made payable to Licensure Unit) and it must be included with your application.
You must renew your license on September 1st of every odd-numbered year. The cost of renewal is $114. To qualify for licensure renewal, you must complete at least 30 hours of approved continuing competency programs/activities during the preceding 24-month period.
To maintain your RD designation through the CDR, you must complete at least 75 continuing education credits and apply for renewal every 5 years. The CDR requires that you track and maintain your continuing education information through the Professional Development Portfolio.