Washington 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.
Currently, according to the Washington State Department Of Health’s latest estimates, over half of Washingtonians are either overweight or obese. Moreover, this trend has gotten worse over the past two decades. Residents are eating worse and getting less exercise than any time in recent history. The state, however, has been launching programs to stop this trend, including the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan. Let by the state’s top nutritionists and health care providers, the plan aims to get residents eating healthier, providing more access to healthy foods and physical activity. With the advent of programs such as this one, there has been no better time to become a nutritionist in the state of Washington. Those interested in starting their degree this year will graduate in a time of great demand within the industry.
Those who have made the decision to become a nutritionist are encouraged to review the schools and degrees offered to become a certified nutritionist or dietitian in Washington State. The Washington Dietetic Association (WDA) requires that graduates of these programs that 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). Washington nutritionists must also pass the WDA’s certification process and register with the state’s Department of Health.
The certification process to become a nutritionist, RD or DTR in the state of Washington is 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 WDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of Washington.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the Washington Dietetic Association.
View national requirements other than Washington state here.