Maine licenses only dietitians under an exclusive scope of practice model. However, there is a broad exemption for "A person who provides complementary or alternative health care services in accordance with this subchapter but who is not licensed, certified or registered in this State as a health care professional or practitioner..." with certain disclosure requirements.
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Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
- Academic: A bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution, and completion of academic requirements established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), or equivalent requirements as determined by the board. An applicant must have completed courses in organic and inorganic chemistry, human physiology, microbiology, principles of sociology or psychology, basic communication skills, economics, food composition, nutrition and management theory.
- Experience: Completion of experience requirements approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) or equivalent experience approved by the board. That experience must include at least 6 months full-time experience in the field of dietetics, or its part-time equivalent. The experience must have been acquired during or within 5 years of completion of the stated academic requirements or not more than 5 years before the date of license application.
- Examination: The Registered Dietitian (RD) examination established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Disclaimer: This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes and regulations, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.