Requirements for State Licensure

Earning the RDN credential and state licensure are multi-step processes that include:

  1. completing a bachelor’s degree in conjunction with a Didactic Program in Dietetics (such as the Dietetic Specialization);
  2. completing a post-baccalaureate accredited dietetic internship, and
  3. passing a national credentialing exam.

The BS in Nutrition w/ Dietetic Specialization and Didactic Program in Dietetics are designed to fulfill the undergraduate degree requirements to be eligible to apply for a Dietetic Internship Program and sit for the CDR examination. The program may also meet the criteria for an undergraduate degree with a major course of study in dietetics and nutrition required for licensure as a dietitian 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.

State Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Meets Undergraduate Degree Requirement for Licensed/Certified/Registered Dietitian CDR Registration Required for Licensed/Certified/Registered Dietitian State Board/Registration Information Contact Number
Alabama License not required* Has not been determined Yes Alabama Board of Examiners For Dietetics & Nutritionists (334) 265-7125
Alaska License not required* Has not been determined Yes Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (907) 269-8160
Arizona License not required* License not required* Yes nutritionED.org and CDRNET.org (312) 899-4859
Arkansas License not required* Has not been determined Yes Arkansas Department of Health (501) 843-0878
California License not required* License not required* Yes Healthcare Pathway and CDRNET.org (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500
Colorado License not required* License not required* Yes nutritionED.org and CDRNET.org (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500
Connecticut License not required* Has not been determined Yes Connecticut Department of Public Health (860) 509-7603
Delaware License not required* Has not been determined Yes Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (302) 744-4500
District of Columbia License not required* Has not been determined Yes DC Department of Health (202) 442-5955
Florida License not required* Has not been determined Yes Florida Health (850) 488-0595
Georgia License not required* Has not been determined Yes Georgia Board of Examiners of Licenced Dietians (404) 656-2881
Hawaii License not required* Yes Yes Hawaii Department of Health, State Licensing Section (808) 692-7400
Idaho License not required* Has not been determined Yes Idaho Board of Medicine (208) 327-7000
Illinois License not required* Has not been determined Yes Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (888) 473-4858
Indiana License not required* Has not been determined Yes Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (317) 234-2060
Iowa License not required* Has not been determined Yes Iowa Department of Public Health (515) 281-7689
Kansas License not required* Has not been determined Yes Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (785) 296-4986
Kentucky License not required* Has not been determined Yes Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists (502) 892-4254
Louisiana License not required* Has not been determined Yes Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition (225) 313-6590
Maine Has not been determined Has not been determined Yes State of Maine Professional and Financial Regulation (207) 624-8674
Maryland License not required* No Yes Maryland Department of Health (410) 764-4733
Massachusetts License not required* Has not been determined Yes Board of Registration of Dietians and Nutritionists (617) 701-8670
Michigan License not required* License not required* Yes Michigan Bureau of Health Care Services (517) 335-0918
Minnesota License not required* Has not been determined Yes Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice (651) 201-2764
Mississippi License not required* Has not been determined Yes Mississippi State Department of Health (601) 364-7360
Missouri License not required* Has not been determined Yes Missouri Division of Professional Registration (573) 522.3438
Montana License not required* Has not been determined Yes Montana Board of Medical Examiners (406) 444-6880
Nebraska License not required* Has not been determined Yes Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (312) 899-0400 Ext 5500
Nevada License not required* Yes Yes Department of Health of Human Services Division of Public and Behavioral Health (775) 684-1030
New Hampshire License not required* Has not been determined Yes Board of Licensed Dietitians (603) 271-2152
New Jersey License not required* Has not been determined Yes New Jersey State Board of Dietetics & Nutrition (609) 585-5458
New Mexico License not required* Has not been determined Yes New Mexico Regualation & Licensing Department (505) 476-4500
New York License not required* Has not been determined Yes NYSED (518) 474-3841 ext. 560
North Carolina License not required* Has not been determined Yes North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (919) 388-1931
North Dakota License not required* Has not been determined Yes North Dakota Board of Dietetic Practice (701) 751-4451
Ohio License not required* Has not been determined Yes State Medical Board of Ohio (614) 466-3934
Oklahoma License not required* Has not been determined Yes Oklahoma Licensed and Provisional Dietitians (405) 962-1400
Oregon License not required* Has not been determined Yes Oregon Health Authority (503) 378-8667
Pennsylvania License not required* Has not been determined Yes Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing (833) 367-2762
Puerto Rico License not required* Has not been determined Yes Deparment of Health, Board of Examiners for Nutritionists and Dietitians (787) 725-7904
Rhode Island License not required* Has not been determined Yes State of Rhode Island Department of Health, Nutrition (401) 222-5960
South Carolina License not required* Has not been determined Yes South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation (803) 896-4651
South Dakota License not required* Has not been determined Yes South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners (605) 367-7781
Tennessee License not required* Has not been determined Yes Tennessee Department of Health (615) 532-5090
Texas License not required* Has not been determined Yes Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (512) 463-6599
Utah License not required* Has not been determined Yes Utah Department of Commerce,Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (801) 530-6628
Vermont License not required* Has not been determined Yes Vermont Secretary of State: Dietitians (802) 828-1505
Virgin Islands License not required* License not required* Yes CDRNET.org (800) 877-1600 Ext. 5500
Virginia License not required* License not required* Yes nutritionED.org and CDRNET.org (312) 899-4859
Washington License not required* Has not been determined Yes Washington State Department of Health (360) 236-4700
West Virginia License not required* Has not been determined Yes West Virginia Board of Licensed Dietitians (304) 558-1024
Wisconsin License not required* Has not been determined Yes State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (608) 266-2112
Wyoming License not required* Has not been determined Yes Wyoming Dietetics Licensing Board (307) 777-7387
*The University has determined to the best of its ability that this state does not issue an applicable license in the field dietetics and nutrition at this time. If you plan to practice in this state, be sure to contact the appropriate state agency for more information on occupational regulations.

Last Updated: December, 2021