Monday, April 1, 2013

Dietitians and Nutritionists: How are they different?

How is a Registered Dietitian (RD) Different than a Nutritionist?
Presented to you by: Sandy Schoepfel MS RD RN CNSD LDN – Canton / Falmouth MA Branches
Home Solutions Infusion Therapy

The “RD” credential is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission of Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some RD’s may refer to themselves as “nutritionists” but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians.

The definition and requirements for the term “nutritionist” vary. Some states have licensure laws that define the range of practice for someone using the designation “nutritionist” but in other states, virtually anyone can call him or herself a “nutritionist” regardless of education or training.

Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including:

• Having earned at least a bachelor’s degree, although about half of RD’s hold advanced degrees
• Completed an accredited,  supervised practice program
• Passed a national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
• Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration

The Registered Dietitians at Home Solutions are also specialized in nutrition support The Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) credential identifies a registered dietitian as a qualified nutrition support provider. It is the most widely accepted, visible nutrition support certification with recognition both nationally and internationally. The CNSC board examination, required every five years to pass and to maintain credentialing, measures an individual's knowledge of safe and effective multidisciplinary practice in nutrition support.

Utilize your dietitians as they are great resources on so many levels!

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