Become a Nutritionist in Massachusetts
By Jennifer Williams, allied health world Contributing Writer
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How to Become a Nutritionist in Massachusetts
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not license the profession of only a nutritionist. They do, however, license an LDN (licensed dietician/nutritionist). While this title does incorporate the duties and knowledge of a dietician, it is the only license offered for this profession in Massachusetts. It would be perfectly acceptable to work solely as a nutritionist; however, there is no state license for such a title alone.
Outlined below are the steps that you can take to become a nutritionist in Massachusetts.
- Learn about state licensing regulations in your state.
- Understand the importance of accredited education.
- Research and learn about your degree options.
- Study and take the certification examination.
Continuing Education Requirements
Nutritional scientists are making breakthroughs every day that change what we previously thought was healthy, and they are also making daily discoveries about aspects of nutrition that could greatly benefit the public sector. As a nutritionist, you need to understand that your profession is ever evolving. What you learned in school initially will not always remain the same. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that you continue your education throughout the lifetime of your career.
Both the CNCB and the CBNS recognize the need for continuing education in a profession that constantly changes, and they will require you to take additional educational courses in order to keep your certifications current. A CCN must take at least 40 credit hours every two years, and a CNS must take at least 75 credits every five years. Those will be your requirements for recertification.