Virginia 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.
Virginia boasts one of the lowest obesity rates in the US, at just over 25 percent. School aged children scored lower, at just over 30 percent, but still not as bad as many neighboring states. Unfortunately, Virginia's health care costs as a result of its population of overweight or obese residents was over $1.6 billion in 2003, roughly 5.7 percent of the states overall health care costs. This would be the 14th highest in heath care costs in the US concerning obesity and its negative effects on health. In order to reverse this trend, the Virginia Department of Health has launched a number of programs to combat unhealthy lifestyle habits that are affecting the state’s residents. A larger share of the state’s health focus has gone to the state’s nutritionists and nutrition professionals. Those who wish to begin a career as a nutritionist have never seen a higher demand for this career.
Those who have made the decision to become a nutritionist should review the guidelines to become certified in the state of Virginia. The Virginia Dietetic Association (VDA) requires that college graduates who wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Association’s education and certification guidelines and the examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Virginia nutritionists must pass the ADA’s guidelines, then register with the state’s department of registration for state certification.
Certification to become an RD or DTR by the CDR, the Virginia Department Health and the VDA 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 VDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Virginia.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the Virginia Dietetic Association.
View National Certification Requirements other than Virginia here.