North Carolina 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.
North Carolina struggles with an overweight and obese population much like many of the states in its region. The southern US has routinely scored at or near the bottom of every health and fitness poll taken over the last two decades. Poor eating habits, very little exercise and an absence of awareness about good physical health and the prevention of ailments caused by overweight and obesity are the main culprits. In order to reverse this trend, legislators, health care workers and non-profit agencies throughout the South have banded together to create awareness of this trend. At the front of this movement are the nutritionists and dietitians if North Carolina and it’s surrounding states. Those wishing to become a nutritionist or dietitian have never seen a time as crucial as the present. The need has never been greater.
Those wishing to become registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) are required by the North Carolina Dietetic Association (NYDA) to successfully pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination, as well as the ADA’s education and certification process. The CDR administers these tests for the NYDA as the examining authority under the ADA, for those that have successfully completed the accredited college or university degrees either in North Carolina or another state in which these degrees have been offered.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NCDA 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 NCDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of North Carolina.
- Successfully pass the national exam administered by the CDR.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the North Carolina Dietetic Association.
All information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.