I have been MIA from blogging because I have been completing a dietetic internship. This internship is one distinguishing feature between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist. These terms are often used interchangeably and incorrectly. The purpose of this post is to clarify the differences.
- Undergraduate degree usually in nutrition
- Many also have masters degrees
- Completion of an internship
- 1200 hours of supervised practice
- Must pass national registry exam
- Maintain registered status with continued education throughout career
- National standards for professional legislation
- The title of dietitian is protected by law
- Experts in food and nutrition
- Credentials RD (Registered Dietitian) or RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist)
- Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in nutrition
- Some do not have degrees
- In most states anyone can all themselves a nutritionist regardless of education and training
- States with licensing requirements- Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Maine.
- Non-accredited title; not protected by law
When you need nutrition or nutrition related health information seek a registered dietitian, because they are experts in their field and they have completed the necessary education and training. If you are going to work with a nutritionist do your research to be sure they are a reliable source of information.
I have a few months left in my internship and I am excited to get my credentials and begin my career as a registered dietitian. I am also excited that I will have more time to blog, as I have many topics I want to discuss and recipes to make and share.