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-Must have at least a 4 year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university


-Must have completed a 6-12 month dietetic internship


-Must pass the national board exam for dietitians


-Must complete continuing education yearly to maintain license and registration

-Registered Dietitians are members of one or more professional organizations, and therefore are held accountable for the care they provide. 

-A non-accredited health specialist with varying degrees of education

-The term "nutritionist" is not protected by law meaning anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist"


-Nutritionists have no regulating organization or standards of care


-Nutritionists may dispense nutrition information that has no scientific evidence to support it

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