North Dakota licenses dietitians and nutritionists as "licensed registered dietitians" and "licensed nutritionists" under an exclusive scope of practice model. All applicants must meet requirements that align with the Registered Dietitian pathway. This law does not apply to those licensed in medicine, nursing, pharmacy or dentistry following the standards of their profession. Only licensed individuals may use the titles “licensed dietitian,” "licensed registered dietitian," “licensed nutritionist,” “dietitian," “nutritionist," "LD," "LRD," and "LN." Click on the state statute and rules for more information.
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Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
- Academic: Nutritionist: A bachelor's degree in dietetics or food and nutrition from a regionally accredited institution; or a master's or higher degree in human nutrition, nutrition education, foods and nutrition, or public health nutrition from a regionally accredited institution, or a master's or higher degree in a related field that meets eligibility requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Dietitian: Completion of one of the requirements listed for nutritionists, and satisfactory completion of the education and experience requirements for dietitians as approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Experience: Registration as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Examination: Dietitian: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Nutritionists: Not applicable.
Disclaimer: This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes and regulations, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.