State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Registered Dietitian Career Information in North Dakota

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:

Step 1

Comprehensive Dietetic Education in North Dakota

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.

    • A master’s or doctorate degree in one of the following areas is required for licensure as a nutritionist in North Dakota:
      • Human Nutrition
      • Foods and Nutrition
      • Public Nutrition
      • Nutrition Education
    • You must also show membership in one of the following:
      • American Institute of Nutrition
      • American Board of Nutrition
      • American Society of Clinical Nutrition

    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.


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Step 2

Dietetic Internship (DI) in North Dakota

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.

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Step 3

CDR Exam to Become an RD in North Dakota

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:

  • Food and Nutrition Sciences: 12 percent
  • Foodservice Systems: 17 percent
  • Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services: 21 percent
  • Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups: 50 percent
  1. Your DI program director may contact CDR on your behalf or may provide you with the information to do so yourself. Your first correspondence will be from ACT Inc., the company CDR contracts with to provide the CDR exams. ACT will ask you, via email correspondence, to register for the exam and pay the $200 examination fee. You will be able to register and pay the fee online.
  2. Once you complete the registration process, ACT will give your registration information to PSI Exams, the testing centers where CDR exams are given. Within North Dakota, you can take the CDR exam in Bismarck and Fargo.
  3. There are two guides that will help you prepare to take the CDR exam: the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates.
  4. On the day of the exam, you will be required to bring your photo ID and your confirmation email from PSI with you. PSI will give you a simple calculator to take the exam. You will also have about 30 minutes before the test to familiarize yourself with the testing structure and computer.
  5. You will be given 2 ½ hours to complete the examination and, at the end of the exam, you can immediately view your score by checking the “report” section of your online account. You must score at least 25 on a scale of 0 to 50 to pass the exam.
  6. If you fail the exam, you must contact CDR (1-800-877-1600) to obtain reauthorization to retake the exam. You must wait at least 45 days to retake the examination again.

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Step 4

Licensure as a Registered Dietitian in North Dakota

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:

  • Official transcripts from your dietetic education program
  • $60 application fee (made payable to North Dakota Board of Dietetic Practice)

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.

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Step 5

Maintain your License Credentials in North Dakota

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.


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