Nutritionist and Dietitian Programs in Tennessee
Released in a 2009 study by the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamps program, Tennessee was at the forefront of the most vulnerable states for poverty and its related nutrition problems. While incomes have fallen over the past year, the number of SNAP benefits has been on a significant rise, as much as nearly 25% in many states including Tennessee. With poverty comes malnutrition and poor health. In order to reverse this trend, the state needs nutritionists and dietitians on the front lines with the families and especially children most affected.
Those who wish to train for a career in nutrition or dietetics are encouraged to start today, as the skills of tomorrow will be needed very soon. Foremost importantly is to choose a program, whether online or campus based, that fits with your specific career and education goals. As the health of our nation continues to decline, health care professionals in the nutrition industries will be responsible for large number health care issues including diet, fitness, disease prevention and more.
Tennessee Nutritionist Wages & Working Conditions
Many of Tennessees Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists find themselves working in the following areas:
- Dietary plan research, development and coordination
- Planning and preparation for corporate food service providers
- Nutritional research.
- Hospital and healthcare nutritional care plan evaluation
- Nutrition and Dietetic training and education
- Public and Private Nutrition and Dietetic consulting
A list of average salaries for Tennessee Nutritionists, RDs and DTRs are available below:
Find degree programs, schools and jobs in major cities in Tennessee: Bristol,Chattanooga, Collierville, Columbia, Germantown, Jackson, Knoxville, Maryville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Spring Hill.
Tennessee 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.
Tennessee is one of 23 states that do not currently require a state registration to practice dietetics or a nutrition related service. The Tennessee Dietetic Association requires that candidates do however, satisfy the requirements of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) in order to gain eligibility for membership to the TDA in the state of Tennessee.
Current 2009 ADA and TDA 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 TDA.
- 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.
Tennessee State Dietetic Programs
The TDA has over 1,300 active members including food and nutrition experts throughout the state. A direct affiliate of the ADA, the TDA works to provide the states residents with the best nutritional education and support possible.
Tennessee Board of Dietitians/Nutritionist Examiners
Tennessee Department of Health
The Tennessee BD/NE, created in 1987, works to protect the health and welfare of the states residents by requiring and registering Dietitians and Nutritionists within the state be qualified.
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