New Mexico Nutritionist and Dietitian Certification & License - NM
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New Mexico 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

The state of New Mexico is an outdoorsman’s paradise. From mountains to deserts, those who love the outdoors, physical fitness and healthy living enjoy this state by the millions. It is of no surprise, then, that some of the healthiest people in the country live here. New Mexico is a proud home to a great many nutritionists and dietitians, eager to increase the health and well being of the state’s residents. For this reason, the guidelines and certifications of registered nutritionists and dietitians in this state are some of the most rigorous in North America.

The New Mexico Dietetic Association requires that all registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) who wish to work as a New Mexico nutritionist or dietitian successfully pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination and the New Mexico Dietetic Association (NMDA) 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 either in New Mexico or another state in which these degrees are offered.

Certification to become a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic technician, registered (DTR) by the CDR, the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Dietetic Association are as follows:

  1. 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 NMDA.
  2. Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of New Mexico.
  3. Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR.
  4. Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the New Mexico Dietetic Association.

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