Deleware 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.
According to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), more than 400 thousand visits are made to Delaware hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms and health care centers each year. Many of these visits could be prevented with better health and lifestyle decisions including better nutrition, eating habits and physical fitness.
Delaware registered dietitians and nutritionists throughout the state are leading the charge for better preventative health care and healthy living. Fighting obesity, heart disease and hypertension at the first levels of the disease are perhaps the most important. For this reason, only registered dietitians and nutritionists in Delaware are backed by agencies such as the Delaware and American Dietetic Associations and the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services.
State licensure is required in the state of Delaware and by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the American Dietetic Association’s certification and examining body. The Delaware Dietetic Association does not currently require applicants to pass an individual state exam, instead deferring to the national CDR exam. Certification as a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR requires the following criteria:
- An acceptable four-year degree or higher focused on nutrition science, dietetics or closely related field
- Completion of the CDR's registration examination for dietitians
- Registration with the Delaware State Dietetic Association and state Board of Licensing