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Nevada has come out strong once again in terms of pay for dietitians and nutritionists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2012, Nevada ranked second in the nation in terms of annual mean salaries for dietitians and nutritionists, with an annual mean salary of $71,840, second only to Maryland, with an annual mean salary of $82,650.
In addition, the metropolitan area of Las Vegas-Paradise ranked third in the nation for its annual mean salaries for dietitians and nutritionists. BLS reports that, as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists in this area earned a mean annual salary of $78,810.
All dietitians in Nevada must be licensed to practice in the State of Nevada. Therefore, to become a registered and licensed dietitian, you must complete the following steps:
You must complete a course of study that culminates in a bachelor’s degree or higher to qualify both for registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and for licensure in Nevada. As such, the program you choose must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
ACEND-Accredited Education Programs in Nevada:
Although Nevada does no license nutritionists in Nevada, you can earn professional recognition through certification as a Certified Nutritionist Specialist (CNS) certification through the Certification Board for Nutritional Specialists (CBNS).
Before you can qualify to sit for the CNS examination and become a CNS, you must achieve the following:
Your CNS designation must be renewed every 5 years, and you must show documented proof of the completion of at least 75 continuing education credits at the time of renewal.
Upon completing your educational program in dietetics through an ACEND-accredited program, you must then apply for and attend a dietetic internship (DI). ACEND-accredited DI programs include at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience and take between 4 and 24 months to complete. Within Nevada, there are two DI programs:
To apply for licensure as a dietitian in Nevada, you must complete and submit the Dietitian Application and include the following with your application:
Mail the completed application and related documents to:
Division of Public and Behavioral Health
727 Fairview Drive, Suite E
Carson City, Nevada 89701
Your license will expire 2 years from the date of issuance. To renew your state licensure, you must pay the $200 renewal fee. You will receive renewal information and instructions before the expiration of your dietitian license.
To maintain your CDR registration as an RD, you must renew your registration every 5 years and show proof of the completion of at least 75 continuing education credits during the renewal period. The CDR requires that you maintain and track your continuing education credits through the CDR’s Professional Development Portfolio.