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Nutritionist and Dietitian Programs in South Carolina

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, in 2014 chronic diseases cost the state billions of dollars each year. In 2014, heart disease was the leading cause of death in the state, and one in eight South Carolinian adults had diabetes. These statistics indicate a great need for improvements in nutrition and physical activity for the state’s residents.

As nutrition and healthier living gains ground with the state’s residents, those in the nutrition and dietitian fields will be asked to lead the charge to improve the state’s failing health and wellness. State projects in nutrition have begun to take shape: The state's former First Lady, Jenny Sanford, was a strong advocate for increasing awareness for the need for nutrition education in the state, and for funding programs that might help the state’s residents. Those wishing to be part of South Carolina’s healthy future are encouraged to begin their nutrition and dietetic education now, to be the nutritional leaders of tomorrow.

South Carolina Dietitian Salaries and Working Conditions

South Carolina Nutritionists and Dietitians are often times those tasked with the supervision of activities in health departments providing food services, counseling individuals or conducting nutritional research in many of the state’s health care facilities. Additional can also be:

  • Developing / implementing dietary plans, nutritional needs and restrictions.
  • Assisting food service providers in planning, preparing, and serving patients and clients.
  • Dietary and nutritional research.
  • Evaluation of nutritional care plans.
  • Nutritional research.
  • Training nutrition students in dietetics, nutrition, and public health.
  • Consulting with physicians, nurses and health care professionals.

A list of average starting salaries for Pennsylvania RD’s and DTR’s are available below:

Entry Level RD - Associate
RD - Bachelor's
DTR - Bachelor's
SC State-Employed RD

South Carolina State Registered Dietitian and Dietetic Technician Requirements

*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.

South Carolina is one of 23 states that do not require a state specific registration to practice dietetics. The SCDA requires that candidates satisfy only the requirements of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to gain eligibility for membership in the state of South Carolina. Current 2009 ADA and SCDA membership criteria is as follows:

  • Successfully completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university or college approved by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education (CADE) of The American Dietetic Association (ADA).
  • Successful completion of a ‘pre-professional practice program’, including a dietetic internship or supervised professional program, approved by CADE and the SCDA.
  • Successful passage of the examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Successful completion of Continuing Education (CE) credits as required by the ADA.

South Carolina State Dietetic Programs

South Carolina Dietetic Association
The SCDA, made up of five districts throughout the state, promotes optimal nutrition and healthy lifestyles for the state’s residents.
PO Box 1763
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 255-7223

South Carolina Panel for Dietetics
Synergy Business Park Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr., Suite 202
Columbia, S.C. 29210
(803) 896-4665

South Carolina Nutrition Research Consortium
5300 International Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 760.3237

Healthy South Carolina Initiative

South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201


  • Fact Sheet: State of the Heart, Heart Disease in South Carolina, http://www.scdhec.gov/Library/ML-002149.pdf
  • Diabetes Impact in South Carolina, http://www.scdhec.gov/library/CR-011615.pdf

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