Illinois

Summary

Illinois licenses dietitians and nutritionists as licensed dietitian nutritionists under an exclusive scope of practice model. Only a licensed dietitian nutritionist can provide therapeutic nutrition care including: assessment, goal setting, counseling, evaluating, and determining possible nutrient-drug interactions. This law does not apply to other licensed health professionals.

Individuals who have applied for a license may practice for up to 6 months after the application is submitted. 225 ILCS 30/15

*The current IL practice act will expire on January 1, 2023.  Senate Amendment 1 to House Bill 4665 to extend licensure of LDNs for another five-year period was passed into law earlier this year. Click HERE for information regarding the new law. This page will be updated in December 2022. For questions, please contact advocacy@theana.org.

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Practice Act/Statute Rules & Regulations Regulatory Body

Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
  • Academic: Bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution in human nutrition, foods and nutrition, dietetics, food systems management, nutrition education, nutrition, nutrition science, clinical nutrition, applied clinical nutrition, nutrition counseling, nutrition and functional medicine, nutrition and integrative health, or an equivalent major course of study as recommended by the Board.
  • Experience: Completion of at least 900 hours of a dietetic internship or documented, supervised practice experience in dietetics and nutrition services, under the supervision of a certified clinical nutritionist, certified nutrition specialist, diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, registered dietitian or a licensed dietitian nutritionist, a State licensed healthcare practitioner, or an individual with a doctoral degree with a major course of study in human nutrition, nutrition education, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management, nutrition, nutrition science, clinical nutrition, applied clinical nutrition, nutrition counseling, nutrition and functional medicine, or nutrition and integrative health.
  • Examination: May be or may include examinations given by each of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists, the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, and the Commission on Dietetic Registration, or another examination approved by the Department.

Disclaimer: This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes and regulations, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.