Texas Nutritionist Certification and Licensing
*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.
In 2008, the Texas Department of State Health Services Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (NPAOP) program updated its Strategic Plan for the Prevention of Obesity in Texas, a list of nutrition and health goals for Texans to achieve by 2012. At the beginning of 2010, the program was falling behind their progress points for their specific target goals, including holding overweight or obese residents to below 65 percent of the population, and school children to specific limits of 42 and 39 percent respectively at 4th and 8th grade and 36 percent for 11th graders. Additional goals included increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in peoples diets, improving school lunches, increasing breastfeeding by new mothers, increasing physical activity and access to it as well as much more.
The demand for Texas nutritionists to assist in reaching the goals set forth by the State Health Services and the health care professionals currently in the industry has never been higher. In order to take part in this fight against poor health in the state of Texas, prospective nutritionists should begin to learn more about what it takes to become certified in the state. The Texas Dietetic Association (TDA) requires that prospective students of nutrition graduates who wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Associations education and certification guidelines as well as the examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registrations (CDR). The TDA does not require state certification in addition to the American Dietetic Associations national requirements, but relies on the ADAs certification for all RDs and DTRs practicing within the state of Texas.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the TDA are as follows:
- A four-year bachelors degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADAs Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and the TDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Texas.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the Texas Dietetic Association.