Tennessee 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.
Tennessee is one of only six states with obesity rates at over 30 percent of the population, the highest in North America. To combat this, the Tennessee Department of Health and numerous agencies and organizations are increasingly working to improve eating habits, access to physical activities and improved information for nutritional foods at lower cost to consumers. The most important people in this crusade are the nutritionists and dietitians. There will be many different types of nutrition professionals working together to improve Tennessees poor health, including those in hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, public and private schools and more. The demand for more nutritionists in the state of Tennessee will continue to grow over the next decade.
The Tennessee Dietetic Association (TDA) requires that prospective students of nutrition graduates who wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Associations education and certification guidelines as well as the examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registrations (CDR). The TDA does not require state certification in addition to the American Dietetic Associations national requirements, but relies on the ADAs certification for all RDs and DTRs practicing within the state of Tennessee.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Tennessee Department of Health and the TDA are as follows:
- A four-year bachelors degree or higher composed of courses approved by the ADAs Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) and the TDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Tennessee.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the Tennessee Dietetic Association.
National certification other than Tennessee can be found here.