State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

New Mexico Nutrition Job Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dietitians and nutritionists earned a mean annual salary of between $50,290 and $51,780 in May 2010.  The BLS also reported that the industries with the highest concentration of employment for nutritionists and dietitians during the same period were in outpatient care centers, personal care services, and specialty hospitals.

Further, the top-paying industries for nutritionists and dietitians, as of May 2012, were: animal food manufacturing ($88,100), nondurable goods merchant wholesalers ($74,270), and federal executive branch ($69,360).

The Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board, within the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, requires all practicing dietitians in New Mexico to possess a license. Therefore, to practice in New Mexico as a registered and licensed dietitian, you must complete the following steps:

 
Step 1

Comprehensive Education Program in Dietetics

The Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board requires a current and valid Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration to qualify for licensure. And, to qualify for CDR registration, you must first complete a comprehensive dietetic education program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) that results in a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

ACEND-Accredited Education Programs in New Mexico:

The Nutrition Dietetic Practice Board also requires a license to practice as a nutritionist in New Mexico. To qualify for a nutritionist license in New Mexico,you must possess the following:

  • Master’s or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in one of the following:
    • Human nutrition
    • Nutrition education
    • Foods and nutrition
    • Public health nutrition
  • A valid, current membership in either the American Clinical Board of Nutrition or the American Society for Nutrition
  • Pass an examination related to entry-level nutrition practice and nutrition care services

Application for a nutritionist license follows the same guidelines as a dietitian license (see Step 4).

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Step 2

Dietetic Internship (DI) in New Mexico

Upon the successful completion of your ACEND-accredited dietitian education program, you must apply for and complete a competitive dietetic internship (DI) in New Mexico. Like the education programs, your DI must be accredited by ACEND. All ACEND-accredited programs include at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice.

The following ACEND-accredited DI programs are located in New Mexico:

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Step 3

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam

Upon the successful culmination of your DI program, you will be eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam.

  1. Your DI program director will alert the CDR to you eligibility to sit for the CDR exam, so you can expect to receive an email from ACT Inc., the company contracted with CDR to give the CDR exam. ACT will provide you with information on how to register for the exam and how to pay the $200 application fee. You have 365 days from the time you receive the registration information to register for and take the examination.
  2. Upon registering and paying for the exam, you will receive another email, this time from PSI Exams, the company that oversees the testing centers where you will be taking the CDR exam. Within New Mexico, you can take the CDR exam in Farmington or Santa Fe. You must schedule the time, date and location for your CDR exam.
  3. You can prepare for the CDR examination by reading the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates.
  4. On the day of the exam, you must bring the confirmation email from PSI Exams and your government-issued photo identification with you.
  5. You will have 2 ½ hours to complete the CDR exam, a computer-based, multiple-choice examination that has between 125 and 145 questions, 25 of which are non-scored pre-test questions. PSI will provide you with a simple calculator to complete the examination.
  6. Once you have finished the exam, you can immediately view your score by clicking on the “report” button of your online account. You must score at least 25 on a scale of 0 to 50 to pass the CDR exam.
  7. If you fail the exam, you may retake it, but you have to wait at least 45 days and receive reauthorization to retest from CDR to do so. You can contact CDR at 1-800-877-1600 for more information on the retesting requirements.

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Step 4

Apply for State Licensure in New Mexico

To apply for state licensure, you must complete the Licensure Application, have it notarized, and include the following with your application:

  • A $200 fee ($50 application fee and $150 initial license fee), payable to the Nutrition and Dietetics Board
  • A certified copy of your CDR card

Mail the completed and notarized application related documents to:

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
Boards and Commissions Division
Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Board
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerril Los Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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Step 5

Registration and New Mexico Dietitian License

All dietitian and nutritionist licenses in New Mexico are renewed on an annual basis. Your license must be renewed one year from its issuance. Along with a renewal application, you must show proof of your current registration with the CDR and proof of the completion of at least 15 clock hours of continuing education. If you have acquired more than 15 clock hours of continuing education, you may carry them over to the next renewal period.

You can complete your license renewal and pay the $75 renewal fee online.

To maintain CDR registration, you must complete at least 75 hours of continuing education during the five-year renewal period. Provided you have met the 15-hour continuing education requirement in New Mexico, you will be meet this 75-hour requirement and remain eligible for renewal with the CDR.

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