State Requirements for Nutrition and Dietitian Fields


Nutrition Careers in Oklahoma

Oklahoma dietitians and nutritionists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earned an annual mean salary of between $32,410 and $50,280 in May 2012.

ccording to the Oklahoma Medical Board, dietitians are called upon to “apply and integrate scientific principles of nutrition” as to provide proper nourishment, care and education to specific individuals or groups.

Dietitians practicing in Oklahoma must be licensed, according to the Licensed Dietitian Act. To become a registered and licensed dietitian in Oklahoma, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1

Bachelor’s or Graduate Degree in Dietetics

According to the Oklahoma Medical Board, you must complete a course of study in dietetics that results in a bachelor or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Your education must include a minimum of 24 semester hours in the following areas (or an equivalent course of study):

  • Food and nutrition
  • Human nutrition
  • Dietetics or food management

The requirements are in line with the requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which require you to complete an ACEND-accredited course of study to qualify to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam and become a Registered Dietician (RD) in Oklahoma.

ACEND-Accredited Programs in Oklahoma:

There are two types of programs in Oklahoma that meet the requirements of the Oklahoma Medical Board are ACEND-accredited:

Coordinated Programs (CP)

Coordinated programs (CPs) are programs that include both a course of study leading to a bachelor or graduate degree and supervised practice of at least 1,200 hours. Upon completion of a CP, you are eligible to sit for the CDR exam and earn the RD credential, which is a requirement for becoming licensed as a dietitian in the State of Oklahoma. The following CP program is located in Oklahoma:

Didactic Programs (DP)

Didactic programs in dietetics are programs that culminate in a bachelor or graduate degree in dietetics. Upon the successful completion of a DP, you must apply for and complete a dietetic internship (DI), a requirement to sit for the CDR exam and become a licensed dietitian in Oklahoma. The following DP programs are located in Oklahoma:

If you want to become a certified nutritionist in Oklahoma, you must pursue certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Certification Board for Nutritional Specialists (CBNS). Because Oklahoma does not license nutritionists, this specialty certification will allow you to achieve recognition for meeting specific education and practice requirements. To sit for the CBNS certifying examination and achieve the CNS credential, 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:  
    • Dietetics
    • Food and nutrition
    • Human nutrition
    • Nutritional sciences
    • Community nutrition
  • At least 1,000 hours of documented, supervised practice in nutrition

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


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Step 2

Dietetic Internship (DI) in Oklahoma

Upon the successful completion of am ACEND-accredited didactic education program, you are eligible to apply for and complete a dietetic internship (DI) in Oklahoma. The following DI programs are located in Oklahoma:

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Step 3

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam

  1. Before you can apply for state licensure as a registered dietician in Oklahoma, you must successfully complete the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Exam.

    1. Upon the completion of your DI or CP program, your program administrator will provide the CDR with your eligibility status. You can then expect to receive an email from ACT Inc., the company CDR contracts to handle the CDR examinations. ACT will provide you with instructions on how to register for the CDR examination and pay the $200 examination fee, both of which can be completed online.
    2. You have 365 days from the receipt of the ACT email to register, pay, schedule and complete the examination.
    3. After you pay the examination fee and complete registration, you will receive another email from PSI Exams, asking you to schedule the date, time, and location of your CDR exam at one of its testing centers. Within Oklahoma there are a number of PSI Testing Centers located in:
      1. McAlester
      2. Oklahoma City
      3. Tulsa
      4. Woodward
    4. You can best prepare to take the CDR exam by reading two publications available from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the CDR: the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians and the Registration Examination for Dietitians Handbook for Candidates.
    5. The CDR examination includes at least 125 questions (145 questions are the maximum), 25 questions of which are pretest questions that must be completed in order for the examination to be scored. As of January 2012, the outline of the CDR exam is as follows:
      1. Food and Nutrition Sciences: 12 percent
      2. Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services: 21 percent
      3. Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups: 50 percent
      4. Foodservices Systems: 17 percent
    6. You must bring a government-issued photo ID and your confirmation email from PSI to the testing center on the day of your exam. You will be provided with time to familiarize yourself with the computer system and a simple calculator to complete the exam.
    7. You will have 180 minutes to complete the exam. Upon the completion of the exam, you can check your online account for your score. You must score at least 25 (on a scale of 0 to 50) to pass the exam.
    8. If you fail the exam, you must contact CDR (1-800-877-1600) to receive reauthorization to test again. You must wait 45 days before you can retake the exam.

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Step 4

State Licensure as an RD in Oklahoma

Once you successfully complete the CDR exam, you will be eligible to apply for state licensure and to use the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. In addition to completing the Online Application for Licensed Dietitian and paying the $120 application fee (the link is found on the Allied Professionals Registration website.), there are a number of documents you must complete to apply for state licensure as an RD. You can download, print and complete the following documents here:

  • Verification of Education
  • Verification of Professional Training
  • Allied Verification of Licensure Certification
  • Extended Background Consent Form

After completing all related documents, you must send them to:
Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision
Post Office Box 18256
Oklahoma City, OK 73154

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Step 5

Maintain License and CDR Reg. in Oklahoma

Your dietitian license in Oklahoma must be renewed annually on October 31, and you must pay a renewal fee of $100 at the time of renewal. You can expect to receive a renewal notice and renewal form from the Board about 30 days before the expiration date of your license.

You must also renew your CDR Registration every 5 years and show proof of at least 75 hours of documented continuing education credits.

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