State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


New Hampshire Dietitian Career Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, as of May 2012, dietitians and nutritionists in New Hampshire earned a median annual salary of $51,860 to $57,870.

The New Hampshire Board of Licensed Dietitians requires practicing dietitians in New Hampshire to be licensed. As such, if you want to become a registered and licensed dietitian in New Hampshire, you must complete a number of steps:

Step 1

Programs in Dietetics in New Hampshire

According to New Hampshire law, you must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university, which includes a major course of study in one of the following areas:

  • Human nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Food and nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • Public health nutrition
  • Food systems management

To become a registered dietitian (RD), you must complete a dietetic program that is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The following ACEND-accredited programs meet New Hampshire requirements:

ACEND-Accredited Education Programs in New Hampshire:

If you want to become certified as a nutritionist in New Hampshire, you may seek professional certification as a Certified Nutritionist Specialist (CNS) through the Certification Board for Nutritional Specialists (CBNS). To qualify to take the CNS exam and achieve CNS certification, you must:

  • Possess a master’s of science or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the nutrition field; OR
  • A doctoral degree in the clinical healthcare field; AND
  • Complete at least:
    • 9 semester credit hours in nutrition
    • 12 semester credit hours in clinical or life sciences
    • 3 semester credit hours in physiology or anatomy/physiology
    • 6 semester hours in biochemistry
  • Complete at least 1,000 hours of documented supervised practice experience in nutrition, with at least:
    • 200 hours in nutrition assessment
    • 200 hours in nutrition monitoring or evaluation
    • 200 hours in nutrition intervention, education, counseling, or management

Once you have passed the CNS exam and achieved certification, you must renew your certification every 5 years and document at least 75 continuing nutrition education credits during every renewal period.


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Step 2

Dietetic Internship (DI) in New Hampshire

Upon completion of an ACEND-accredited education program, you must then complete an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI), which includes at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice.

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

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Step 3

Take the (CDR) Exam in New Hampshire

  1. Once you have successfully completed your DI program, your program administrator will contact CDR and inform them of your eligibility to write for the CDR exam. You can expect an email from ACT Inc., the company that handles the CDR examinations, which details the registration process, including an online registration and payment of the $200 application fee. Upon receipt of the registration information from ACT, you have 365 days to register for and pass the CDR exam.
  2. After you have registered for the exam and paid the application fee, you will receive another email from PSI Exams, detailing the scheduling process. There are more than 250 PSI Testing Centers located across the United States where you can take the exam. Within New Hampshire, there is a PSI Testing Center in Gilford.
  3. You may begin preparing to take the CDR exam by reading the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates.
  4. The CDR examination is a computer-based examination that consists of between 125 and 145 multiple-choice questions, which are divided up as follows:
    1. Food and Nutrition Sciences (12 percent)
    2. Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups (50 percent)
    3. Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services (21 percent)
    4. Foodservice Systems (17 percent)
  5. You will have 2 ½ hours to complete the CDR examination and another 30 minutes to familiarize yourself with the computer and test structure and answer 25 non-scored pre-test questions.
  6. Upon completion of the exam, you may check your exam score by clicking on the “report” button in your online account. You must score at least 25 points on a scale of 0 to 50 to pass the exam.
  7. If you fail the exam, you can contact CDR at 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5500 to obtain reauthorization to retake the examination. In addition to receiving authorization from CDR, you must pay the application fee and wait at least 45 days before retaking the examination. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam, provided you wait at least 45 days between exams.

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Step 4

Get your Dietitian License in New Hampshire

To apply for a dietitian license in New Hampshire, you must submit an application for licensure, pay the application fee of $150 (made payable to: Treasurer, State of New Hampshire) and include the following documents with your completed application:

  • Passport-style photograph
  • A letter of verification showing your RD status sent directly from CDR to the Board
  • Transcripts from the college or university where you completed your education sent directly from the institution to the Board
  • A verification letter from the supervisor of your DI program sent directly to the Board

Mail the application and supporting documents to:

State of New Hampshire
Board of Licensed Dietitians
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Operations Support
129 Pleasant St, Concord
New Hampshire 03301

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Step 5

Maintain your Dietitian License in New Hampshire

All dietitian licenses in New Hampshire must be renewed every 2 years. To qualify for renewal, you must:

  • Complete the renewal application form
  • Provide the Board with a list of approved continuing education work totaling at least 20 hours during the last 2 years
  • Pay the renewal fee of $100 (made payable to: Treasurer: State of New Hampshire)

Mail all required documents and the completed application to:
Christine Topham
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Operations Support
129 Pleasant Street
Brown Building
Concord, NH 03301

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