Missouri 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.
Missouri’s health care workers have made great strides during the past decade to improve the health and fitness of its residents. Certified health care professionals including doctors, nurses, administrators, hospital personnel, nutritionists, dietitians and personal trainers all work together to improve the lives and lifestyles of today’s Missourians. For the sake of safety and professional integrity, the certification, registration and examination of these health care workers is paramount in keeping those they treat safe and as healthy as possibly.
The Missouri Dietetic Association requires that all dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) who practice nutrition or dietetics in the state of Missouri complete the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination, as well as education and registration guidelines. The CDR, the examining body of the ADA, administers these tests throughout the year for those that are qualified to take them. Missouri is one of 27 states that do not require a state examination and registration, instead referring to the national CADE certification process.
Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri 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 the Missouri Dietetic Association.
All information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.