New Jersey Nutritionist Licensing and Certification
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The traditional New Jersey diets are no longer as prevalent as they once were. Vegetables are now replacing pizzas, hoagies are replaced by salads and the lasagna is being made with a little less butter. The people of New Jersey are beginning to eat healthier and live a healthier lifestyle. At the forefront of this movement are New Jersey’s nutritionists and dietitians. As the country moves toward a healthier way of living, New Jersey following suit, working hard to prevent diseases and ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, in turn lowering health care costs throughout the state and improving the quality of life for its inhabitants.
The New Jersey Dietetic Association requires that all registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) in the state who wish to work as a nutritionist or dietitian successfully pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination and the New Jersey Dietetic Association state exam, as well as the ADA’s education and certification process. The CDR administers these tests as the examining authority under the ADA, for those that have successfully completed the accredited college or university degrees.
Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR, the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services and the New Jersey Dietetic Association are as follows:
- A four-year bachelor’s degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and the NJDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of New Jersey.
- Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the New Jersey Dietetic Association.
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