Rhode Island


Rhode Island licenses only dietitians as licensed dietitian/nutritionists under an exclusive scope of practice model. However, Rhode Island has a separate Unlicensed Health Care Practices statute providing protection for many unlicensed health care practioners. The licensure law also does not apply to individuals who are state licensed or certified in another health care profession or individuals holding a doctoral degree in nutrition or a related field. Only licensed individuals may use the titles "dietitian/nutritionist," "LDN," or any facsimile.

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Dietitian/Nutritionist Practice ActUnlicensed Health Care Practices Act Rules & Regulations Regulatory Body

Qualification Requirements for State Licensure or State Certification:
  • Academic: A bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution with a program in nutrition or dietetics and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
  • Experience: Completion of a Board approved, planned, continuous experience in dietetics practice of at least 900 hours under the supervision of a registered dietitian or dietitian/nutritionist licensed in the state.
  • Examination: The Registered Dietitian (RD) examination established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

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