Kansas 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.
The standards put forth by the American Dietetic Association and the Kansas Dietetic Association, as well as the state’s Department of Health and Environment for nutritionists and dietitians were created for more than just one reason. The education, examination and certification process is required to address the following areas of nutritional practice:
- Protecting the nutrition and dietetic patients and clients of Kansas, ensuring their safety and the excellence of the nutritional care they are receiving;
- Maintaining the high standards that have been achieved by the state’s nutrition professionals to date, and;
- To ensure that the nutrition and dietetic communities continue to work together to improve research, skills and practice methods.
The Kansas Department of Public Health and the Kansas Dietetic Association require that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) complete the examination, education and registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the licensing body of American Dietetic Association. Kansas does not require a state examination and registration, but instead uses that of the national certification process used by the CDR.
Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the KDA 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 Kansas Department of Public Health’s Board of Licensing
All national information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.