State Certification Requirements for Nutrition Licenses

Use the interactive map below to view license requirements by state

The importance of diet and wellness practices and the connection to personal and public health has become increasingly popular. As interest in these topics continues to rise, the demand for professionals who can guide the public towards best nutrition practices is growing accordingly. UNE Online offers a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition that addresses this need by educating professionals who will become leaders in the nutrition field. Our program welcomes students who may be looking to:

  • Develop and direct innovative practices in nutrition
  • Change careers to join the nutrition and/or health industries
  • Cultivate or strengthen leadership skills
  • Effect nutrition policy and program changes in their community
  • Start a new business or consulting group
  • Stay current in the field by attaining a Master’s degree
  • Consider other careers such as those found in our FAQ

Earning your MSAN degree is just one step towards achieving your ideal career. It should be noted that UNE Online’s Applied Nutrition degree does not lead to registered dietitian (RD) credentialing and a verification statement cannot be provided upon completion of the program. That being said, the degree does provide advanced knowledge and skills that can enhance your career in the nutrition and health industries.

States have varying requirements as to who can legally provide nutrition care, so be sure to check the interactive map below to view license requirements by state. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to our enrollment team at (855) 751-4447 or email nutrition@une.edu.

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Any individual may perform nutrition counseling, although they will likely not be eligible, or will be subject to limitations, for insurance reimbursement. There may be restrictions on the practice of Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Any individual may perform nutrition counseling, however only a licensed Registered Dietitian (RD) is recognized by the U.S. government as eligible for insurance reimbursement for nutrition counseling services.

Individuals that are licensed as a Registered Dietitian (RD), or meet alternate requirements for a non-RD pathway to state licensure, are the only individuals that may legally provide nutrition counseling. See state regulations describing non-RD pathways to licensure.

Individuals that are licensed as a Registered Dietitian (RD) are the only individuals that may legally provide nutrition counseling, unless licensed or exempt. In general, only RD’s are eligible for licensure.

Disclaimer: This webpage and its contents are not intended to act as legal advice or counsel and should not be relied upon as such. Those seeking careers in the nutrition or health industries should independently verify what constitutes legal nutrition care in their state or locality, as these standards may change over time.

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