Rhode Island Nutritionist 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 www.eatright.org.
The state of Rhode Island is among the healthiest in along the East Coast. According the US Department of Health & Human Services, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has directed an administrative to focus on five health care initiatives for 2010. These include personal wellness; a medical care system emphasizing prevention in primary care as opposed to treatment after an illness has transpired, increased access to health care information; more affordable health insurance and better state sponsored involvement in promotion of these initiatives. In short, these five initiatives are based on the need for more preventative measures in health care, first and foremost a healthier lifestyle for the residents of Rhode Island. Those who wish to become a nutritionist or dietitian will be called upon to take up these initiatives, leading the state to lower health care costs and a healthier lifestyle.
The Rhode Island Dietetic Association requires that all those who are studying to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Association’s education and certification processes as well as the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) examination. The CDR administers these tests to those who have completed a degree program from an accredited college or university in Rhode Island, or a program that has been recognized by the RIDA. The RIDA 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 Rhode Island.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the RIDA 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 RIDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Rhode Island.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certified status with the ADA and the Rhode Island Dietetic Association.
National certification other than Rhode Island can be found here.