Utah Nutritionist Certification and 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.
Currently, over 60 percent of Utahs residents are either overweight or obese. Even worse, over 21 percent of Utahs elementary school children and 20 percent of high school children are also above safe weight levels. Utah is only slightly better than the national average at 63 percent, but unfortunately has seen the percentage of those who are obese double over the past two decades, an actual increase of over 128 percent. To counter these trends, the Utah Department of Health, along with groups such as the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Program (PANO) have been working with nutritionists, dietitians and other health care providers in the state to educate people about healthy eating habits, exercise and better choices in their diet and every day living.
Along with this increased awareness in nutrition and healthier living comes a greater demand for Utah nutritionists. In order for the state to reach its goals of lowering the rate of obesity, improving the health of its residents and lowering health care costs, many more nutritionists will be needed. If this sounds like something that you or someone you know would like to get involved in, find out more about what it takes to become a certified nutritionist in the state of Utah. The Utah Dietetic Association (UDA) requires that college graduates who wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Associations education and certification guidelines and the examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Utah does not require a state certification in addition to the American Dietetic Associations requirements, but uses the ADAs certification for all RDs and DTRs who want to practice.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Utah Department Health and the UDA 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 UDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Utah.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the Utah Dietetic Association.