Georgia licenses dietitians under an exclusive scope of practice model. Only a dietitian can be licensed to provide nutrition care including: assessment, goal setting, counseling, or advice. Individuals with a masters degree or higher in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, food systems management, or nutrition education, or who have a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry are exempt from the law and may provide nutrition services without a license. Individuals licensed to practice dentistry, medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, nursing, or pharmacy may provide nutrition services incidental to their primary profession. Only licensed individuals may use the titles: "dietitian," "licensed dietitian," or "LD."
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Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
- Academic: Bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a major course of study in dietetics, human nutrition, food and nutrition, nutrition education, or food systems management.
- Experience: Completion of a documented, supervised experience component in dietetic practice of at least 900 hours, supervised by a licensed dietitian or registered dietitian.
- Examination:The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) or any other examination approved by two-thirds' vote of the board.
Disclaimer: This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes and regulations, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.