South Carolina Nutritionist Certification
*Do not assume that any schools and programs listed on this site are a path to obtaining the RD credential. For credential information on actual schools that offer programs to the RD credential, view the ADA's official website at www.eatright.org.
The 2009 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, a joint report by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control and the US Center for Disease Control, found that the state of South Carolina performed poorly in multiple categories concerning the consumption of fruits and vegetables in a recommended amount or in place of unhealthy fried of processed foods. In addition, the report found the South Carolina ranks well below average in numerous nutritional categories including the provision of healthy foods to school children, the number of available farmers markets and the availability of healthy food retailers. For those that have thought about becoming a nutritionist or dietitian in South Carolina, there has never been a more important time to make that thought become a reality. If this is a career goal you have been pondering, Nutritionist World can provide you with the information you need to get started on this demanding career.
The South Carolina Dietetic Association (SCDA) requires that prospective students of nutrition graduates who wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Association’s education and certification guidelines as well as the examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR). The SCDA does not require state certification in addition to the American Dietetic Association’s national requirements, but relies on the ADA’s certification for all RD’s and DTR’s practicing within the state of South Carolina.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control and the SCDA are as follows:
- A four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and the SCDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of South Carolina.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the South Carolina Dietetic Association.
National certification other than South Carolina can be found here.