Nutritionist Certification & License in Rhode Island

You might assess people’s daily diet plans and evaluate their health conditions by becoming a nutritionist or dietitian. It might be your job to promote safe and healthy practice so that diseases could be prevented. You might even work with patients on specific subjects like the ways to reduce high-blood pressure or what to eat in certain illnesses.

Rhode Island is one of those states where license has to be acquired for practicing in different settings. The US profile has revealed that now there are 35 states which have licensure boards and strict penalties for those who operate without it. All the other states are either have certification or are in state of adopting licensures.

Because you are a resident here, you will have to see nutritionist certification in Rhode Island. Here are the requirements set by the state for becoming licensed.

Conditions for Licensure

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree or more from any accredited university of the state or US.
  • You need to have a professional experience of 900 hours.
  • The experience should only be availed under supervision of licensed dietitian or nutritionist.

Procedure of Licensure

After your educational requirements are met you will have to apply for licensure examination.

  • First contact the board for receiving application fee.
  • Application fee for licensure is $90 which is non-refundable.
  • The money submitted should be in check or cash form in the name of General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island.
  • The board could be contacted at 401/222-5888 or could be visited at Health Professions Regulation, Rhode Island Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Room 105, and Providence, RI 02908-5097.
  • License has to be renewed after two years.
  • Upon renewing, the fee to be submitted is $170.
  • The board will mail an application of renewal before or on September 1 after every two years.

Examination

If your application and authentication of education is completed then you will be called for an examination directed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. When your examination is cleared then you will be handed license certificate which should be displayed to general public. The address where you work should be given to the board.

Degree Options

You could look for both online and on-campus degrees in nutrition. Online degrees are more flexible and campus degrees are in-demand as well. You might choose from bachelors or master’s degree in nutrition. You could also choose specializations in nutritional status, diet and exercise and nutrition issues related to aging and weight management.

Courses

  • Macronutrient Metabolism
  • Scientific Principles of Food
  • Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Foodservice Management
  • Nutrition and Disease
  • Nutrition in Exercise and Sport

Salary Prospects

Nutritionists and dietitians were paid mean income of $62,040 per year in 2011 in Rhode Island (BLS).

Job Outlook

The employment is expected to rise by 20% till 2020. The employment level for nutritionists  in 2011 was 290 (BLS).

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