Oklahoma Nutritionist Licensing and Certification
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Oklahoma is one of the largest beef and pork producing states in North America. its residents are proud to provide both meat, poultry and agriculture for not only the US and Canada but much of the world. But while Oklahoma works to take care of the needs of the world’s hunger, who is taking care that Oklahomans are not only eating healthy but living healthy lifestyles, taking advantage of the food resources of the state? Nutritionists and dietitians have been taking up this effort for years, but due to heightened awareness across the country and in the US government, nutrition professionals are being awarded a larger role in health care, increasing the need for these specialists by a large percentage over the coming decade.
The Oklahoma Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) who practice nutrition in Oklahoma successfully pass the ADA’s exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is the examining body of the ADA and administers these tests for graduates of the required college or university programs in nutrition and health care. Oklahoma is one of 27 states that does not require a state examination and registration in addition to the national CADE certification process. The certification guidelines for Oklahoma are listed below:
- Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship.
- Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR and the ADA.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements and maintain a certified status with the ADA, the Oklahoma Department of Health and the Oklahoma Dietetic Association.
All information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.