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Qualifications for Nutritionists

by
author image Lester Parcs
Based in Atlanta, Lester Parcs has been writing since 2006. His articles have appeared on LIVESTRONG.COM and eHow. He graduated with honors from American Intercontinental University with an Associate of Arts. He is a licensed practical nurse and plans to pursue a dual degree in journalism and nursing at Columbia University.
Qualifications for Nutritionists
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Maybe you are thinking of seeing a nutritionist or want to become a nutritionist. The most important thing is that you are aware of the qualifications for a nutritionist. The most recognized credential is the registered dietitian, which is accredited by the American Dietetic Association's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.

About

Most dietitians and nutritionists oversee meal preparations, teach patients about nutrition and plan healthy meals. A number of nutritionists work in health care settings, such as a nursing home. In the health care setting, they oversee meal planning and evaluate patient outcomes in regard to meal planning. Some nutritionists work in community centers to help educate the community on the prevention of disease through nutrition. The most important role of a nutritionist is to educate people about nutrition.

Accreditation

The American Dietetic Association is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. CADE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for providing nutritional education programs. The American Dietetic Association awards the "registered dietitian" credential to individuals who go through the required college coursework, do a supervised internship and pass a national exam. Anyone using the title "registered dietitian" has been through a credentialing process that ensures they have met minimum guidelines to give nutritional advice.

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Education

If you are interested in becoming a registered dietitian, you will need to follow the required guidelines set through the American Dietetic Association. The first requirement is to obtain a bachelor's degree from a school accredited through CADE. After this you will need to complete an approved CADE internship. The internship can last for up to one year, and some master's degree programs incorporate the internship in their program. Upon successful completion of the internship, you can apply to take the national exam to become a registered dietitian.

Qualifications

Anyone can label himself as a "nutritionist" regardless of education level. The most important qualification for a nutritionist is to have the "registered dietitian" status, because this is the only recognized qualification in the United States. If you are thinking of seeing a person about nutrition, make sure he is a registered dietitian. You can check his status with the American Dietetic Association.

Conclusion

The qualifications of a registered dietitian are extensive to ensure the safety of the public. A registered dietitian is the only qualification that will ensure a nutritionist has met the minimum guidelines required to give accurate information. A registered dietitian is an expert who will give you information that is factual and can help you with your nutritional needs. She will be able to provide you with easy to understand information to help suit your nutritional needs.

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