Missouri licenses only dietitians under an exclusive scope of practice model. An individual must complete requirements aligned with the Registered Dietitian pathway in order to qualify for licensure. Only a licensed dietitian can provide any form of nutrition care including nutritional assessment, diagnostic, therapy, evaluation, and counseling services. This law does not apply to those licensed in as a health profession whose scope of practice includes nutrition care. Only licensed individuals may use the titles “dietitian” or “nutritionist”.

Special State of Emergency Summary:

Out of state licensed practitioners may treat patients via telehealth on a volunteer or free basis during an emergency. Missouri Revised Statutes 191.1145.

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Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
  • Academic: A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, with the completion of a didactic program in dietetics that is approved or accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Experience: Completion of a supervised practice requirement from an institution that is certified by a nationally recognized professional organization as having a dietetics specialty or who meets criteria for dietetics education established by the State Committee for Dietitians.
  • 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.