Mississippi Nutritionist Licensing and Certification
*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.
Mississippi is not known for the healthiest food in the country. In fact, Mississippi has one of the highest rates of overweight and obese people in the country. This trend has continued to proceed in a negative direction for over three decades, and has only recently begun to reverse its course. One of the main reasons is the state’s increased focus on nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits. Trained nutritionists, dietitians and public health professionals are working hard each day to increase awareness for nutrition, healthier food and better fitness for the state’s residents. This, however, is not an easy task. There are many obstacles, and it takes a focused effort to make this happen. For this reason, the state has outlined very direct guidelines for the examination and certification of its nutritionists and dietitians.
The Mississippi Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) who would like to practice nutrition or dietetics in the state of Mississippi complete the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination, as well as education and registration guidelines. The CDR, the examining body of the ADA, administers this. Mississippi is one of 27 states that does not require a state examination and registration in addition to the national CADE certification process. Instead, Mississippi recognizes the ADA and its certification process in order to register all of the state’s nutrition professionals.
Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Dietetic Association 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 information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.