Follow the step by step process or choose what situation that best describes you:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median salary for dietitians and nutritionists, as of May 2012, was $55,240, with the top 10 percent earning a median salary of $77,590. The annual mean salary for dietitians and nutritionists in Wisconsin during the same time was $51,860 to $57,870, with Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ranking fifth for its employment level of nutritionists and dietitians among metropolitan areas in the United States. The annual mean wage for nutritionists and dietitians for this metropolitan area was $55,640 in May 2010.
If you want to become a registered dietitian in Wisconsin, you must complete a number of requirements:
If you are seeking licensure as a registered dietitian in Wisconsin, you must complete a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in one of the following areas:
ACEND-Accredited Programs Leading to a Registered Dietitian in Wisconsin:
There are two types of programs through you may achieve education in Wisconsin to become a registered dietitian:
Coordinated Programs in Dietetics
A coordinated program in dietetics provide both the required dietetics coursework, along with at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice within an academic program that leads to either a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Individuals who complete a coordinated program in dietetics are eligible to take the CDR registration examination for dietitians.
Didactic Programs in Dietetics
Didactic programs in dietetics provide the coursework required to achieve a bachelor’s or graduate degree in dietetics. Upon the successful completion of a didactic program in dietetics, you may apply for a dietetic internship as to become eligible to take the CRD Registration examination for dietitians.
If you want to work toward becoming a certified and licensed nutritionist in Wisconsin, you must pursue a Certified Nutritionist Specialist (CNS) certification through the Certification Board for Nutritional Specialists (CBNS) by completing the following:
After completing a didactic program in Wisconsin, including all ACEND-accredited coursework requirements, you must apply to a dietetic internship (DI) that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). All ACEND-accredited dietitian programs provide at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice that is completed in 8 to 24 months, depending on whether the program is part-time or full-time. ACEND-accredited DI programs in Wisconsin include:
Upon successfully completing the CRD Registration examination, you can apply for state certification as a registered dietitian in Wisconsin by completing and submitting the Application for Dietitian Certification.
Upon completion of the application, sign it and send it, along with the $75 examination fee (made payable to the Department of Safety and Professional Services), to:
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
P.O. Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53708-8935
All certified dietitians in Wisconsin must renew their licenses on October 31st of every even year. The renewal fee is $75 and all renewals can be completed online. You may also request a paper renewal form by calling 1-888-506-4239. A renewal notice will be mailed to you about 6 weeks before your renewal date.
You may learn more about continuing education events and courses by contacting the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 920-560-5619.
You may also choose to pursue professional certification as a Registered Dietitian (RD) through the Commission for Dietetic Research’s credentialing program. Other specialty certifications through the CDR include: Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Board Certified Specialist in Rental Nutrition (CSR), Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP), Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO), and Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG).