As the state affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the New Hampshire Dietetic Association has developed this site to help you find answers to your questions about food, nutrition, and dietetics.
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What Is a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are nutrition experts that translate the science of food into food you can eat. Becoming an RD requires extensive training that combines academic preparation with hands-on, practical experiences. Prior to earning the credential “RD” candidates must complete a bachelor’s degree, be admitted via a competitive selection process into an accredited practice program involving direct patient interaction, and pass a national registration exam. In order to maintain the RD credential, the RD must complete on-going continuing education requirements as well as, in most states, undergo periodic re-licensing. In New Hampshire RDs are the nutrition professionals licensed to provide medical nutrition therapy.
RDs provide vital food and nutrition services while helping individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. RDs are integral to the patient-centered model of care. The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams), in hospitals, HMOs, private practice, physician offices, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, worksite wellness programs, schools, and many other venues.
In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings, academia and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs.
What is a Dietetic Technician, Registered?
A Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is a food and nutrition practitioner who has a national DTR examination administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration. The majority of DTRs work with RDs in a variety of employment settings including health care (assisting RDs in providing medical nutrition therapy), in hospitals, HMOs, clinics or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of DTRs work in community and public health settings such as school or day care centers, correctional facilities, weight management clinics and WIC programs as nutrition counselors.
Before sitting for the examination to become a DTR, the candidate must have earned at least a two-year associate’s degree at an approved and accredited university or college and completed at least 450 hours of supervised practice in program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Candidates who obtained a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and completed the required coursework for a Didactic Program or Coordinated Program in Dietetics may also sit for the exam.
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