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Become a Nutritionist in Alabama

How to Become a Nutritionist in Alabama

To become a nutritionist in Alabama, an applicant must be at least 19 years old, possess proof of no criminal record, hold a Bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SASC), complete 900 hours of pre-professional practice, pass an exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and pay a licensure fee. Licensure applicants can also apply if they have obtained a Master's or Doctoral degree in human nutrition, nutrition education, or foods and nutrition from a SASC-accredited institution. (http://www.boed.alabama.gov/pages/regulations.htm).

The CDR exam is a comprehensive exam that focuses on nutrients, general nutrition issues, nutritional statuses, obesity and nutrition disorders, disease-specific nutrition, and prenatal nutrition support. Applicants who take and pass the exam usually receive their results and certificates within a couple of weeks of taking the exam, which allows them to practice in Alabama for two years before the next renewal.

At the end of each two-year period, Nutritionists in Alabama have to renew their licenses by participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Alabama Dietetic Association CPE Chairman, or an organization approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. These activities can include dietetic-related academic coursework, case presentations, certificate programs, exhibits, experiential skill development, interactive workshops, and more (http://boed.alabama.gov/pages/applications.htm).


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