Dietetic Internship Program Meets Educational Requirements for Licensure

Earning the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential and state licensure are multi-step and distinct processes that include:

  1. Completing a bachelor’s degree in conjunction with an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (such as the Dietetic Specialization);
  2. Completing a post-baccalaureate accredited dietetic internship providing a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences, and
  3. Passing the national Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam.

The University of Nevada, Reno Dietetic Internship Program is designed to provide the supervised practice experiences necessary for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and requirements of a DPD program to meet the ACEND 2022 Core Competencies requirements necessary to become an RDN.

Completion of the program requirements is necessary to be eligible to sit for the CDR exam. An intern must pass this exam to become credentialed as a RDN with the CDR. The Internship Program provides the supervised pre-professional experience required for licensure in many states. Licensing requirements vary by state and may include criteria beyond education and experience. Please consult the table below for information about state licensing requirements and reach out to the appropriate agency in the state in which you wish to seek a license for more information.

A breakdown of the requirements for dietetics licensure within every state.
State Does the program meet the supervised practice requirements for licensure? CDR Registration Required State Board/Registration Information Contact Number State Board Website
Alabama Yes Yes Alabama Board of Examiners For Dietetics & Nutritionists (334) 265-7125 Alabama Board of Examiners For Dietetics & Nutritionists
Alaska Yes Yes Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (907) 269-8160 Alaska Dietitians & Nutritionists, Professional Licensing, Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing 
Arizona Licensure not required Yes nutritionED.org & CDRNET.org (312) 899-4859 How to Become a Registered Dietitian in Arizona
Arkansas Yes Yes Arkansas Department of Health (501) 843-0878 Arkansas Dietetics Licensing Board Arkansas Department of Health
California Licensure not required Yes Healthcare Pathway & CDRNET.org  (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500  How to Become a Registered Dietitian in California
Colorado Licensure not required Yes nutritionED.org & CDRNET.org  (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500  How to Become a Registered Dietitian in Colorado
Connecticut Yes Yes Connecticut Department of Public Health (860) 509-7603 Connecticut Dietitian Nutritionist Certification
Delaware Yes Yes Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (302) 744-4500 Board of Dietetics / Nutrition - Division of Professional Regulation - State of Delaware
District of Columbia Yes Yes DC Health (202) 442-5955 District of Columbia - Dietetics & Nutrition Licensing
Florida Yes Yes Florida Health (850) 488-0595 Dietetics & Nutrition | Florida Department of Health
Georgia Yes Yes Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians (404) 656-2881 Georgia Board Of Examiners Of Licensed Dietitians
Hawaii Yes Yes Hawaii Department of Health, State Licensing Section (808) 692-7400 Hawaii Department of Health, State Licensing Section
Idaho Yes Yes Idaho Board of Medicine (208) 327-7000 Idaho Dietetic Licensure Board
Illinois Yes Yes Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (888) 473-4858 State of Illinois | Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Indiana Yes Yes Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (317) 234-2060 PLA: Medical Licensing Board of Indiana
Iowa Yes Yes Iowa Department of Public Health (515) 281-7689 Iowa Board of Dietetics - Home
Kansas Yes Yes Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services (785) 296-4986 Kansas Health Occupations Credentialing
Kentucky Yes Yes Kentucky Board of Licensure & Certification for Dietitians & Nutritionists (502) 892-4254 Kentucky Board Of Licensure & Certification For Dietitians & Nutritionists
Louisiana Yes Yes Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics & Nutrition (225) 313-6590 Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics & Nutrition
Maine Yes Yes State of Maine Professional & Financial Regulation (207) 624-8674 Maine Board of Licensing of Dietetic Practice | Office of Professional & Occupational Regulation
Maryland Yes Yes Maryland Department of Health (410) 764-4733 Maryland Board of Dietetic Practice
Massachusetts Yes Yes Board of Registration of Dietitians & Nutritionists (617) 701-8670 Massachusetts Board of Registration of Dietitians & Nutritionists
Michigan Licensure not required Yes Michigan Board of Dietetics & Nutrition & CDRNET.org (517) 335-0918 Whitmer - Michigan Board of Dietetics & Nutrition
Minnesota Yes Yes Minnesota Board of Dietetics & Nutrition Practice (651) 201-2764 Minnesota Board of Dietetics & Nutrition Practice / Board of Dietetics & Nutrition Practices
Mississippi Yes Yes Mississippi State Department of Health (601) 364-7360 Professional Licensure - Mississippi State Department of Health
Missouri Yes Yes Missouri Division of Professional Registration (573) 522.3438 Missouri Committee of Dietitians
Montana Yes Yes Montana Board of Medical Examiners (406) 444-6880 Montana Board of Medical Examiners
Nebraska Yes Yes Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (312) 899-0400 Ext 5500 Nebraska Medical Nutrition Therapist
Nevada Yes Yes Department of Health of Human Services Division of Public & Behavioral Health (775) 684-1030 Dietitian in Nevada
New Hampshire Yes Yes Board of Licensed Dietitians (603) 271-2152 New Hampshire Board of Licensed Dietitians | Office of Professional Licensure & Certification
New Jersey Yes Yes nutritionED.org & CDRNET.org  (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500  How to Become a Registered Dietitian in New Jersey
New Mexico Yes Yes New Mexico Regulations & Licensing Department (505) 476-4500 New Mexico Regulations Overview
New York Yes Yes NYSED (518) 474-3841 ext. 560 University of the State of New York - New York State Education Department
North Carolina Yes Yes North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (919) 388-1931 North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition
North Dakota Yes Yes North Dakota Board of Dietetic Practice (701) 751-4451 North Dakota Board of Dietetic Practice
Ohio Yes Yes State Medical Board of Ohio (614) 466-3934 Ohio Dietitian (LD)
Oklahoma Yes Yes Oklahoma Licensed & Provisional Dietitians (405) 962-1400 Oklahoma Dietitians
Oregon Yes Yes Oregon Health Authority (503) 378-8667 Oregon Health Authority : Board of Licensed Dietitians - Practitioner Information : Health Licensing Office : State of Oregon
Pennsylvania Yes Yes Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (833) 367-2762 Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Puerto Rico Yes Yes Department of Health, Board of Examiners for Nutritionists & Dietitians 787/725-7904 Puerto Rico Commission on Dietetic Registration
Rhode Island Yes Yes State of Rhode Island Department of Health, Nutrition (401) 222-5960 Nutrition Licensing: Department of Health
South Carolina Yes Yes South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation (803) 896-4651 South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation
South Dakota Yes Yes South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners (605) 367-7781 South Dakota Board of Medical & Osteopathic Examiners
Tennessee Yes Yes Tennessee Department of Health (615) 532-5090 Tennessee Dietitians/Nutritionist Examiners
Texas Yes Yes Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (512) 463-6599 Dietitians Licensing - TDLR
Utah Yes Yes Utah Department of Commerce,Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (801) 530-6628 DOPL - Dietitian
Vermont Yes Yes Vermont Secretary of State: Dietitians (802) 828-1505 Vermont Secretary of State - Office of Professional Regulation Dietitians Section
Virgin Islands Licensure not required Yes CDRNET.org  (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500  Commission on Dietetic Registration
Virginia Licensure not required Yes nutritionED.org & CDRNET.org (312) 899-4859 How to Become a Registered Dietitian in Virginia
Washington Yes Yes Washington State Department of Health (360) 236-4700 Dietitian & Nutritionist: Washington State Department of Health
West Virginia Yes Yes West Virginia Board of Licensed Dietitians (304) 558-1024 WV Board of Licensed Dietitians
Wisconsin Yes Yes State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (608) 266-2112 DSPS Dietitian
Wyoming Yes Yes Wyoming Dietetics Licensing Board (307) 777-7387 Wyoming Dietetics Licensing Board

Last Update: February, 2022