Indiana Nutritionist Certification and License
*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.
Indiana is not known for its healthy population. This, however, is changing rapidly as residents become more aware of what they can do to live healthier lives. Registered dietitians and nutritionists are trained and certified to help people looking to lose weight and live healthier lifestyles and to choose a healthy diet to give their bodies what they need to live longer and healthier. Certification is required for two main reasons: to protect patients and clients of the state’s nutrition professionals and to protect the integrity of the expertise and excellence within the industry.
The Indiana Department of Health and Welfare and the Indiana Dietetic Association require that all practicing dietitians are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the American Dietetic Association’s official licensing body. Indiana, like many states, does not require a state-specific examination or registration process. The state instead recognizes the certification process of the CDR.
Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the HDA are as follows:
- Completion of 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 Indiana State Board of Licensing