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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists in North Dakota earned a mean annual salary of $32,410 to $52,810. Further, during the same period, Grand Forks ranked ninth in the nation among metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients for dietitians and nutritionists.
In North Dakota, you may not practice or represent yourself as a dietitian or use the term, dietitian, licensed dietitian, registered dietitian or licensed registered dietitian unless you achieve state licensure to do so.
If you want to become a registered and licensed dietitian in North Dakota, you must be prepared to complete a number of steps:
According to the North Dakota Board of Dietetic Practice, you must satisfactorily complete a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in the field of dietetics or food and nutrition from an accredited college or university to qualify for licensure.
In addition, before becoming licensed in the State of North Dakota, you must achieve registration through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), which requires the completion of an education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Because Ohio requirements are in line with CDR requirements, you must complete an ACEND-accredited program to be eligible for both CDR registration and licensure in Ohio.
ACEND-Accredited Programs in Dietetics in North Dakota:
You can pursue two different types of programs in Ohio: a coordinated program (CP) in dietetics or a didactic program (DP) in dietetics:
Coordinated Programs (CP)
Coordinated programs fulfill both the education requirement and the supervised practice requirement needed to sit for the CDR exam. This includes a bachelor’s or graduate degree in dietetics and supervised practice of at least 1,200 hours. Upon completion of a coordinated program, you are eligible to sit for the CDR exam and achieve registration as a registered dietician (RD). The following coordinated programs are located in Ohio:
Dietetic Programs (DP)
Dietetic programs culminate in a bachelor’s or graduate degree in dietetics, yet they do not include the supervised practice component of a coordinated program. As such, following the successful completion of a DP, you must apply to and complete a dietetic internship (DI) as to qualify to take the CDR exam and become a registered and licensed dietitian in Ohio.
Within North Dakota, the only DP is located at North Dakota State University, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree.
To become a licensed nutritionist in North Dakota, you must submit a transcript of your college degree when you apply for licensure. Further, if your degree is more than 10 years old, you must show documentation of at least 75 hours of continuing education.
Just like the licensed dietitian in North Dakota, you must be able to provide documentation of at least 75 hours of continuing education during every 5-year recertification cycle, according to CDR requirements. Continuing education and recertification information for licensed nutritionists can be found here.
If you have completed a CP, you are now eligible to write for the CDR exam and can move on to Step 3. Otherwise, you must apply to a DI in North Dakota as to complete the requirement of 1,200 hours of supervised practice.
Although there are no DI programs located in North Dakota, there is a DI program located in neighboring South Dakota, at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. This full-time, 10-month program features an emphasis on adults and children with disabilities.
Once you successfully complete your CP or DI program, you are now eligible to sit for the CDR examination, a computer-based, multiple-choice examination that includes the following components:
After passing the CDR exam, you are eligible to become licensed in North Dakota as a registered and licensed dietitian. You must complete the Application for Licensure and provide the Board with the following documents:
Mail all three pages of the application and your application fee to:
Pat Anderson, NDBODP Executive Secretary
2304 Jackson Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
You can contact Pat Anderson at 701-838-0218 if you have any questions about applying for dietitian licensure.
Just like the licensed nutritionist, you must show proof of at least 75 hours of continuing education in every 5-year recertification cycle, according to CDR registration requirements. Online renewal and continuing education information can be found here. The cost of licensure renewal in North Dakota is $45.