The Rhode Island Department of Health, Board of Dietetics Practice, through the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Licensure of Dieticians/Nutritionists, outlines the licensing process for dieticians and nutritionists in the State. All dieticians/nutritionists in Rhode Island must be licensed to practice medical nutrition therapy.
In addition, it clearly states that only licensed individuals may practice dietetics or use the title of dietician/nutritionist or LDN.
Individuals who want to learn how to become a nutritionist in Rhode Island must ensure they meet the minimum requirements for licensure, which include:
The RD examination is a computer-based examination designed to assess a nutritionist’s entry-level knowledge; it includes the following topics:
In addition to a completed, signed, and notarized Application for License as a Dietician/Nutritionist, candidates must provide the Board with the following:
Individuals who have successfully complete a program in dietetics/nutrition that is approved by the American Dietetic Association Commission on Education may apply for a temporary permit, during which time they may work as a nutritionist under the supervision of a dietician/nutritionist licensed in the State of Rhode Island.
While working on a temporary permit, individuals may only use the title of “graduate dietician/nutritionist.” Graduate nutritionists must successfully pass the RD examination within 90 days of receiving a temporary permit from the Department.
The completed application for licensure, along with all related documentation, must be sent to:
Rhode Island Department of Health
Board of Dietetics Practice
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Applicants may contact the Board at 401-222-5888 with any questions regarding the licensure process for dieticians/nutritionists in Rhode Island.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of May 2013, nutritionists in the State earned an annual, mean salary of $62,210. During the same period, Rhode Island ranked first in the nation for its concentration of nutritionist jobs.
Further, the metropolitan area of Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA ranked tenth in the nation for its concentration of nutritionist jobs, as of May 2013. Nutritionists in this metropolitan area earned a mean, annual salary of $61,060 during this time.
Dietician/nutritionist licenses in Rhode Island are valid for 2 years. The renewal fee is $170, and licensed dieticians/nutritionists must apply for renewal on September 1 of each odd-numbered year.
Licensed dieticians/nutritionist can expect to receive a renewal application from the Department before the expiration date. During the renewal period, individuals must complete a minimum of 20 continuing education credits accepted by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. It is the responsibility of the licensed dieticians/nutritionists to maintain documentation of their participation in the continuing education learning experiences.