Nutritionist Certification and License in Alaska

With the passage of time individuals are becoming more health conscious and are doing their best to live healthy life in order to avoid illnesses. Nutrition plays a vital role in your life as well, as it helps maintain your immune system. You as a nutritionist could be able to evaluate nutritional needs of people and recommend them a change in diet.

Certifications

There are two national certification boards and a certification from either board will allow you to be eligible for licensure as a nutritionist in the state of Alaska.

Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB)

The Clinical Nutrition Certification Board provides one with a certificate for Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN). One must pass the required examination to earn this certification. In this exam you will have to prove your understanding of the core concepts of this field.

  • You will be required to provide the necessary credentials such as your academic transcripts and an application.
  • You must prove that you completed Post Graduate Studies in Clinical Nutrition.
  • You will have to earn at least a score of 56 in your CCN exam.

Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists

This national organization qualifies one as a Certified Nutrition Specialist.

  • You must have a master’s or doctoral qualification in nutrition and general public health.
  • You will have to complete 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice.
  • You need to pass the examination to gain this certification.

Licensure

In order for you to gain licensure to work as a nutritionist you have to fulfill the requirements of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. They will issue you a license only if you complete the requirements of the fee, application and certification.

You need to acquire certification from either the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists or the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board.

You must have a degree from an accredited institute in the majors of:

  • community nutrition
  • public health  nutrition
  • clinical nutrition
  • nutrition education
  • human nutrition

You also need to complete 900 hours of research work in human nutrition.

Licensure through Credential

If you have earned your licensure from another state or Canada and have fulfilled the requirements set by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development only then you could work legally.

Exception

Individuals employed in the federal government or the armed forces as nutritionists are exempt from the licensure requirements.

(Any fraudulence act as a nutritionist or in the application will suspend revoke or refuse a nutritionist license and application)

Required Education to work as a Nutritionist in Alaska

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks offers a Health and Nutrition education program. This program allows one to gain knowledge of subjects as:

  • Nutrition Science for the Generation
  • Rural Nutrition and Health Change
  • Alaska Native Food Systems
  • Preventive Nutrition
  • Health Issues

These are the requirements that you will need to fulfill to gain nutritionist certification in Alaska. You can also enroll in for online degrees in nutrition through various accredited schools and colleges.

Employment for Nutritionists in Alaska

The hourly wage for nutritionists in the state of Alaska in the year 2011 was $29.95. During the same year the average annual income was $62,300. There were 150 nutritionists functioning professionally in the state of Alaska in 2011 (BLS)

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