Ohio 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.
Ohio’s nutritionists and dietitians work in a variety of settings, assisting a patients with a vast number of ailments and illnesses including weight loss, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hypoglycemia, anemia and many others. The state’s nutritionists work in a variety of settings including medical nutrition therapy, public health, sports nutrition, diet counseling, food service management, hospitals, long-term care facilities and research and education institutions. With the respect of these positions also comes responsibility. For this reason, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Ohio Dietetic Association (ODA) are serious about their examination and certification processes. These processes ensure both the safety of the patients and clients and the integrity of the nutrition and dietetic industries throughout the state of Ohio.
The ODA requires that all registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) successfully pass the ADA’s education and certification process as well as the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) examination guidelines. The CDR administers these tests for those that have successfully completed the accredited college or university degrees. The ODA requires a state certification as well as that of the ADA.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Ohio Department of Health and the ODA 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 ODA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Ohio.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the Ohio Dietetic Association.
All information on certification can be found here on Nutritionist-World.com.