Louisiana 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 state of Louisiana is home to one of the highest rates of obesity in the US. However, a campaign has begun throughout the region to improve nutrition among this area’s residents. This will go on to improve the health and lives of the people living in Louisiana, also lowering the costs of health care for all of those in the state by heading off preventable diseases caused by overweight and obesity such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
This is no easy task, however. The Louisiana Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) working in the state complete the examination, education and registration guidelines of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the examining agency of the American Dietetic Association.
Louisiana does not require a state examination and registration. The LDA uses the national certification process administered by the CDR. Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the KDA are as follows:
- Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship.
- Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and LDA.
All national information on certification can be found here.