State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Kansas Nutrition Career Description

The Kansas Dietetic Association celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012 as a non-profit organization, composed of dietetic professionals working across the state. Its members may be Registered Dietitians or Dietetic Technicians, and may work in areas including, but not limited to, media, business, education, industry, food service management, education, research, healthcare institutions, government agencies, and community organizations. As of 2013, there are 718 Registered Dietitian members of the Kansas Dietetic Association, across six districts in Kansas. The Association is divided into the following districts: Kansas City Dietetic Association, Wichita Dietetic Association, Western Kansas Dietetic Association, and Kansas Dietetics in Health Care Communities including TriRivers and Southeast Kansas.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor says that as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists working in Kansas made an average yearly salary of $51,860. Dietitians and nutritionists practicing in certain areas of Kansas made more than the state average. For example, dietitians and nutritionists working in the Wichita area earned an average annual wage of $52,730. In the Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas area, they averaged $53,060 per year. Of course, becoming a registered dietitian in Kansas is limited to those who complete the right registered dietitian education in Kansas, passing an exam and fulfilling the Kansas dietitian licensing expectations. Please keep reading if you wish to learn how to become a Registered Dietitian in Kansas.

Step 1

Complete RD Education Program in Kansas

Dietitians in Kansas must be licensed, which means they must first receive Registered Dietitian (RD) status from the Commission on Dietitian Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This requires completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-approved course of study, culminating in at least a bachelor’s degree.

ACEND-Accredited Educational Programs Leading to Registered Dietitian (RD) status in Kansas:

Both types of dietitian education programs in Kansas will require that you complete coursework in:

  • English (writing)
  • Communications (public speaking)
  • Psychology or sociology
  • Macroeconomics
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Microbiology
  • Environmental issues in hospitality
  • General organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Biometrics
  • Basic human nutrition
  • Science of food
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Life span nutrition
  • Public health nutrition
  • Nutrient metabolism
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Food production management
  • Financial management in dietetics
  • Counseling strategies in dietetics
  • Human ecology
  • Research in dietetics

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Step 2

Apply to a Dietetic Internship (DI) in Kansas

The next requirement of CDR and Kansas for registration and licensing as a dietitian is to complete at least 900 hours of a supervised dietary internship.

  • University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
    • 10 month full-time program
    • Emphasis is in medical nutrition therapy
    • Four options are available:
      • Dietetic internship graduate certificate- complete 1240 hours of supervised dietary practice and 24 graduate credit hours
      • Dietetics and integrative medicine graduate certificate – complete 12 web-based credit hours
      • Masters of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition – includes courses in the behavioral, clinical and biochemical aspects of nutrition
      • Ph.D. in Medical Nutrition Science – prepares you to conduct research and perform statistical analysis in dietetics and nutrition

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Step 3

Pass the CDR Registration Exam in Kansas

After meeting the CDR’s and the state of Kansas’ requirement for education and internship, you are ready to take CDR’s National Registration Exam for Dietitians. It should last approximately three hours and is computer-based and multiple-choice. You must answer 125 of a possible 145 questions in order for the computer to score your exam correctly. You may not skip or change any answers once you have entered them into the computer. The test cost $200 and covers the above-mentioned subject matter, with which you should be quite familiar by now. You can register online to take the test at PSI Exam Centers, which in Kansas include:

  • Olathe: 151 St. and Pflumm Rd., Johnson County Executive Airport
  • Overland Park: 9611-E Metcalf Avenue
  • Wichita: 9914 E Harry

Your score will flash on-screen as you complete the exam. You must get at least 25 on a scaled score from zero to 50 in order to pass. If you fail, you may re-take the exam, but not for at least 45 days from your first try. Passing the CDR National Registration Exam for Dietitians gives you the credentials RD (Registered Dietitian).  

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Step 4

Apply for Licensure as a Dietitian in Kansas

Now that you have fulfilled Kansas’ and the CDR’s requirement for education, experience and examination, you are ready to apply for licensure through the state of Kansas. Download and print the Application for Kansas Dietitian License. You must include a check or money order for $140 payable to Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). Along with your application and licensing fee, include:

  • A copy of your social security card
  • Have your school send official transcripts to Health Occupations Credentialing at the address below
  • A copy of your CDR registration card

Mail all documents and money to Health Occupations Credentialing, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 503 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.

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Step 5

Maintain Your Licensing as a Dietitian in Kansas

Maintaining Your Kansas Dietitian Licensing

Your Kansas dietitian license expires biennially. During each two-year span, you must complete 15 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) to maintain your license. At the renewal time, you must download and print the Renewal Application for Dietitian Licensure. Enclose a renewal fee of $135 payable via check or money order to KDADS. Sign the form where indicated to attest that you have completed the necessary CPE. Keep all of your CPE documentation as you may be randomly audited. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Health Occupations Credentialing department publishes approved CPE activities online. Mail your renewal application and renewal fee to Health Occupations Credentialing, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, 503 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
Approved topics of education for Kansas’ CPE purposes include:

  • Nutrition Services
    • Screening, assessment and monitoring of individuals
    • Screening, assessment and monitoring of groups
    • Planning and intervention in normal nutrition and health promotion
    • Planning intervention in clinical nutrition
  • Food Service Systems
    • Food planning and production
    • Service distribution
    • Sanitation and safety
    • Facility management
  • Management
    • Personnel management
    • Financial management and resource procurement
    • Marketing products and services
    • Management responsibilities and functions
  • Education and Communication
    • Assessment and learner evaluation
    • Program development and planning
    • Implementation of educational programs
  • Evaluation
    • Research
    • Program and services evaluation
    • Professional standards
  • Other topics appropriate for CPE in Kansas:
    • Environment
    • Stress management
    • Computer users
    • Nutritional methods of self and others

Ways to earn CPE in Kansas include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops
  • Meetings
  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Journal club meetings
  • National meetings
  • Preparing and presenting a seminar, lecture or workshop
  • College coursework (must be an accredited institution)
  • Publication of a book or journal article
  • Journal article
  • Self-study (via video tapes, audio tapes, study kits, web based, or journal articles)
  • Poster sessions
  • Food exhibitions
  • Initial specialty certification as a:
    • Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD) through the American Association of Diabetes Educators
    • CDR board certification in renal nutrition or pediatric nutrition
    • Certified Diabetes Educator through the American Association of Diabetes Educators or National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
    • IBLCE certified lactation consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Educators

Keep records of your CPE, as you may be selected to be randomly audited by the Board.

Maintaining your Registration as a Registered Dietitian in Kansas

Your registration as a dietitian with the CDR is renewed every five years. During that time, you must satisfy their CPE requirement of 75 CPE hours. Activities specific to the Kansas area may be found by searching the CDR’s CPE Database .The CDR’s PDP Guide will demonstrate how to create and maintain a CPE portfolio, which is also a requirement for registration renewal. Currently listed CPE programs in Kansas carry the following subject matter:

  • Case study presentation of clinical dietitians (Salinas area)
  • Food for thought: early detection and treatment of cardiac autonomic neuropathy (Wichita area)
  • Journal club (Overland Park area)
  • Intrinsic Coach Development Series for health and wellness professionals (teleconference)
  • KUMED Center CE Program (Kansas City)
  • ServSafe – serving safe food (statewide)
  • ServSafe food safety (statewide)
  • SNS DPG: What’s in our food? (Kansas City

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