Maryland 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.
Maryland’s residents are continuing to improve their health each year, living healthier lifestyles, improving their diets and fitness, preventing ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension and lowering health care costs. Nutrition professionals are at the front of this movement. For this reason, certification and registration is necessary to provide the patients and clients of nutrition and dietetic professionals with the best possible treatment and counseling possible.
The Maryland 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 ADA.
Maryland is one of 27 states that does not require a state examination and registration. The MDA uses the national certification process administered by the CDR instead. Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR and the MDA 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 MDA.
All national certification information can be found here.