West 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.
To become a nutritionist or dietitian in the state of West Virginia, a college or university degree in nutrition or a closely related degree program is often necessary. There is a great deal of information that is important to learn before one is given the responsibility to treat or make suggestions or prescriptions regarding another person’s health. For this reason, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the West Virginia Dietetic Association (WVDA) and the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources require a standard certification and examination process for all that wish to practice nutrition in the state.
The WVDA requires that graduates of the ADA accredited bachelor’s degree programs in nutrition that wish to become nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD) and dietetic technicians (DTR) pass the American Dietetic Association’s certification guidelines as well as the examination of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
The certification process to become a nutritionist, RD or DTR in the state of West Virginia 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 WVDA.
- Completion of a Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) accredited and supervised practice program or internship in the state of West Virginia.
- Successful completion the CDR examination.
- Complete all continuing educational (CE) requirements to maintain certification with the ADA and the West Virginia Dietetic Association.
View National Certification Requirements other than West Virginia here.