Become a Nutritionist in Virginia
By Jennifer Williams, allied health world Contributing Writer
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How to Become a Nutritionist in Virginia
The State of Virginia is not one that requires you to have a state license in order to practice as a nutritionist. What this means is that there is nothing at the state level that you need to consider before deciding to enter a career in nutrition. You do, however, need to learn about some of the other very important aspects of becoming a nutritionist in Virginia.
The following steps are designed to show you what you need to do to become involved in this profession
- Be aware that your state does not have a license for nutritionists.
- Become familiar with accrediting organizations and their value in education.
- Consider the three degree options that are available to you.
- Understand the importance of certification and prepare for testing.
As an entry-level nutritionist, you are only required to have a 2-year degree, which would be the equivalent of an associate’s degree. This is the most basic level of education for a career in nutrition, and it is also the most widely chosen degree option by nutrition students.
A bachelor’s degree, on the other hand, is a 4-year degree, which will take you through a more in-depth study of nutrition. Because many clinics and health departments highly recommend attaining a bachelor’s degree, it may be something that you want to consider. In addition, with the drive in the field of nutrition to be highly educated, it is likely that a bachelor’s degree may become the normal prerequisite at some point in the future.
A master’s degree is obviously the highest college degree that you can attain in nutrition. It is definitely not required, but you will see more doors of opportunity opening up for you if you have it.
Let’s take a peek at some of the course that will be part of any nutrition curriculum:
- Health, Nutrition, and Digestion
- Patient procedures
- Healthcare documentation and privacy rights