Become a Nutritionist in Kentucky
How to Become a Nutritionist in Kentucky
To become a nutritionist in Kentucky, applicants must obtain a Master's degree, attain 900 hours of preprofessional training, and become certified through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (www.cdrnet.org), a division of the American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org). Once applicants meet all these standards, they can begin a rewarding career as a public health nutritionist, lifespan nutritionist, dietician, or hospital or school nutritionist.
According to Kentucky state law, anyone who wants to become a nutritionist in the State of Kentucky must possess a Master's degree in a field that is directly related to food science or nutrition (http://lrc.ky.gov/KRS/310-00/031.PDF), or have a license that is in good standing in another state. If applicants already hold these credentials and can show proof of education and licensure, they can apply for licensure in Kentucky by filling out an application, paying a fee, and providing the Board with any additional documentation. If nutritionists do not hold these credentials, they must obtain a Master's degree before they can begin practicing.
Master's degrees can take up to three years to complete after students finish their undergraduate studies. Kentucky offers a wide array of programs in both public and private universities, which have all been surveyed and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. When students go through these programs, they can expect to receive an education that provides them with the foundational skills and training needed for this career.
Student time in Kentucky's nutrition programs is equally divided between theoretical study and hands-on clinical/hospital training. Their preprofessional training usually begins with a short series of observation periods, in which nutrition students watch a licensed nutritionist practice in his working environment. As time moves on, the training programs slowly give their nutrition interns more responsibility and independence, thus allowing them to gain a stronger sense of the career they have chosen to pursue.
Once nutritionists have obtained the education and experience required by Kentucky state law, they can apply for licensure by taking the CDR exam, showing proof of education, and paying an initial licensure fee.