Massachusetts licenses dietitians and nutritionists as licensed dietitian-nutritionists. There is no licensure requirement for providing nutrition care.

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Practice Act/Statute Rules & Regulations Regulatory Body

Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
  • Academic: A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, with a major course of study in dietetics and nutrition, human nutrition, nutrition education, or public health nutrition, or a reasonable threshold of undergraduate level academic credit hours in nutrition and nutrition sciences as determined by the board.
  • Experience: Completion of professional experience requirements, to include a formal post baccalaureate internship approved by the board of at least 900 hours in the field of dietetics and nutrition supervised by a licensed dietitian/nutritionist; or three years of post baccalaureate, two years of post master's, or one year of post doctorate paid professional experience in the field; or comparable experience satisfying the board that the applicant is competent to practice.
  • Examination: A written or electronic competency examination approved by the Board and designed to test the competency and knowledge needed to practice

Disclaimer: This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes and regulations, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.