State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields

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Nutrition Jobs Description in Ohio

In FY2012, there were 207 initial dietitian licenses granted in Ohio. During FY2012, there were also 3,866 dietician license renewals, an increase from 3,239 in FY2011. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietitians and nutritionists in Ohio earned an annual mean salary of $50,290 to $51,780, as of May 2012.

Only those individuals who meet specific education and practice requirements are permitted to practice as licensed dietitians in Ohio. If you want to become a registered and licensed dietitian in Ohio, you must complete the following steps:

 
Step 1

Approved Education in Dietetics in Ohio

To become a registered and licensed dietitian in Ohio, you must earn a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or institution that is consistent with the academic standards for dietitians according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Further, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requires that you complete an ACEND-accredited course of education that results in either a bachelor’s or graduate degree in dietetics to be eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination and earn a Registered Dietitian credential. The following ACEND-accredited programs meet the requirements for both CDR registration and state licensure in Ohio:


ACEND-Accredited Educational Programs in Ohio:

In Ohio, you have the option of completing a Coordinated Program (CP) in dietetics or a Didactic Program (DP) in dietetics:
Coordinated Programs (CP)
Coordinated programs in dietetics are programs that culminate in a bachelor’s or graduate degree in dietetics and also include at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice in dietetics. Upon the completion of a CP in Ohio, you are eligible to sit for the CDR examination and become a registered dietician. The following coordinated programs are located in Ohio:

Didactic Programs (DP)
Didactic programs in dietetics culminate in a bachelor’s or graduate degree, but they do not include supervised practice. As such, as the successful completion of a DP, you must apply for and complete a supervised practice in dietetics to qualify to sit for the CDR examination and become a licensed and registered dietitian in Ohio. The following didactic programs are located in Ohio:

If you want to become a certified nutritionist in Ohio, you must achieve certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Certification Board for Nutritional Specialists (CBNS). To qualify to take the CBNS certifying examination, you must show proof of:

  • A master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in nutrition or a related field, such as:  
    • Community nutrition
    • Dietetics
    • Food and nutrition
    • Human nutrition
    • Nutritional sciences
  • At least 1,000 hours of documented, supervised practice in nutrition

To maintain your CNS designation, you must re-certify every 5 years and complete at least 75 continuing education credits to re-certify.

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Step 2

Complete a Dietetic Internship (DI) in Ohio

Upon successfully completing an ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics, you must apply for and complete a dietetic internship in Ohio. All ACEND-accredited dietetic internships include at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice in dietetics, thereby qualifying you, upon completion, to sit for the CDR exam. The following dietetic internships are located in Ohio:

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Step 3

Pass the CDR Examination in Ohio

  1. Upon completion of your DI program, you program administrator will direct you on the steps you need to take to prepare for and take the CDR examination, which often includes contacting CDR with your eligibility status and contact information. As such, you can expect to receive an email from ACT Inc., the company that handles the examinations for CDR. This email will include instructions on how to register for the exam and how to pay for the $200 examination fee. Important: You have 365 days from the time you complete your DI to register for and take the examination.
  2. Once you have paid and registered for the CDR examination, PSI Exams will contact you to schedule your exam location, date, and time. There are more than 250 PSI Testing Centers located throughout the United States. Within Ohio you can take the exam in the following locations:
    1. Akron
    2. Cambridge
    3. Cincinnati
    4. Groveport
    5. Maumee
    6. Middleburg Heights
    7. Orrville
    8. Troy
  3. Before you take the exam, you can best prepare to take it by reading the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates.
  4. The CDR examination, as of January 2012, is a computer-based, multiple-choice examination that consists of between 125 and 145 questions and the following topics:
    1. Food and Nutrition Sciences
    2. Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups
    3. Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services
    4. Foodservice Systems
  5. You will have 2 ½ hours to complete the CDR examination. Once you answer a question and move on, you are not permitted to go back and change any answer. PSI will provide you with a simple calculator to complete the examination.
  6. Upon completion of the examination, you will be able to see your score by logging into your account and clicking the “report” button. You must score at least 25 (on a scale of 0 to 50) to pass the exam.
  7. If you fail the exam, you can retest after 45 days, provided you obtain reauthorization from CDR and pay the examination fee again. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the exam, provided you wait 45 days between exams.

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Step 4

State Licensure as a Dietitian in Ohio

Once you have achieved your RD credential, you are eligible to apply for state licensure as a dietitian in Ohio. You must complete a criminal background check and the application for licensure, and both forms can be downloaded and printed here. Send the completed application and related documents, along with the application fee of $125, to:

The Ohio Board of Dietetics
77 South High Street, 18th floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6119

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Step 5

CDR Registration and Ohio State License

You can complete your annual license renewal online through the Ohio License Center.

You must also renew your CDR registration every 5 years and show documentation of the completion of at least 75 continuing education credits. You must track your continuing education credits through CDR’s Professional Development Portfolio.

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