North-South Dakota Nutritionist/Dietician Certification & Licensing
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*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 North Dakota Dietetic Association (NDDA) requires that those wishing to become registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians (DTR) successfully pass the ADA’s education and certification process as well as the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) examination. The CDR administers these tests for the ADA, for those that have successfully completed the accredited college or university degrees either in North Dakota or another state in which these degrees have been offered. The NDDA does not currently require a state certification, instead deferring to the ADA’s certification, which is then accepted for practice within North Dakota.

Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services and the NCDA 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 NDDA.
  2. Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of North Dakota.
  3. Successful completion the CDR examination.
  4. Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the North Dakota Dietetic Association.

All information on certification can be found here on

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