Become a Nutritionist in Kansas
How to Become a Nutritionist in Kansas
To become a nutritionist in Kansas, students must go through educational and preprofessional training programs before they can begin their careers, and must also become certified by taking an exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (www.cdrnet.org).
The first step to becoming a nutritionist in Kansas is to obtain a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, food service, or a nutrition-related field from an institution approved by the American Dietetic Association. Bachelor's degree programs usually take four to five years to complete, and can cost between $20,000–$40,000. Master's degrees, on the other hand, take about five years to complete including the undergraduate portion.
Students must also go through a hands-on training program before they can graduate from college. Hands-on nutritionist training programs usually take place under the direct supervision of a certified, practicing nutritionist in a hospital or clinical environment. Like any other internship program, these programs are progressive, meaning that students begin by observing and gain more responsibility as they advance through the programs available at St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas, Wesley Medical Center, or any of the university hospitals in Kansas.
Once students in Kansas complete all their career training, they can apply for licensure by taking the CDR exam. When they pass, they can practice as licensed nutritionists for up to two years until they have to renew their licenses.