Pennsylvania Nutritionist Certification & License
*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.
Pennsylvania’s residents have come a long way from the days of just being known for the Philly Cheese Steak. Still overweight compared to the national average, Pennsylvanians have begun to eat healthier, get more exercise and prevent many of the diseases such as heart disease and diabetes that have plagued the state for years. However, this is not enough. Nutritionists and dietitians have been leading the charge for more advocacy on the side of healthy food and eating habits, better school lunches provided to the state’s children, more exercise programs, more information from food suppliers and food service establishments and stricter laws against the unhealthy food processors. Those who would like to take part in this field to fight against the health affects and higher health care costs that stem from unhealthy living are encouraged to look into a career as a nutritionist or dietitian.
The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association requires that all registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Association’s education and certification registration processes as well as the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) national examination. The CDR administers these tests to those who have successfully completed a degree program from an accredited college or university. The PDA does not require a state specific certification in addition to that of the national ADA requirements, but relies on the ADA’s certification for all RD’s and DTR’s practicing in Pennsylvania.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the PDA 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 PDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Pennsylvania.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.
Other national certification can be found here.