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Dietitian or Nutritionist?


  1. Where can I find a dietitian in my area? Answer
  2. What is the difference between a dietitian, food technologist and nutritionist? Answer
  3. I am looking for a credentialed nutritionist in the southern New Jersey area Answer
  4. What do dietitians and nutritonists do, their schooling, etc? Answer
  5. I am looking for a recommended nutritionist in the San Francisco Bay area. How do I find one? Answer
  6. A local club is advertising they have a dietitian. The individual has a certification in a weight loss program. Isn't this false advertisement? Answer
  7. I am trying to find a program that provides certification called CNC, certified nutritional consultant. Answer
  8. What does M.S., R.D. and L.D. mean? Answer
  9. Where can I get a referral for a dietitian? How can I get the track record of a specific dietitian? Answer


  10. How much to pay a dietitian who would work full time and manage a program for heart disease patients? Answer
  11. Dietician is spelled incorrectly. There is no second t in dietician. Answer
  12. I need to get ahold of a patient satisfaction survey of their dietary care. Can you send me one? Answer
  13. What's the difference between a certified nutritionist and registered dietitian? Answer
  14. I am a doctor looking for accredited nutrition / dietitian programs in my area. How can I get a list of programs? Answer


Where can I find a dietitian in my area?

You can find a dietitian at the American Dietetic Association. Include your zip code or city / state, the type of service you want (individual consultation) and area of expertise.


What is the difference between a dietitian, a food technologist and a nutritionist and who would be the best at devising diet plans?

A dietitian has at least a four-year Bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics (or graduate degree), has completed an internship and has passed a national registration exam from the American Dietetic Association. Registered Dietitians are a reliable source of nutrition information and capable at devising diet plans. In some states, persons who dispense nutritional information are licensed and these are usually dietitians.

A food technologist has at least a four year Bachelor's degree in food science (or graduate degree) and researches and develops new food products for food manufacturers like General Mills or Pillsbury.

A person with a master's degree in nutrition can be called a nutritionist. However, the title is used by a variety of persons, including those without any nutrition education possibly only a personal interest in nutrition. I would not recommend you rely on this title for expert nutrition information.


I am looking for a credentialed nutritionist in the southern New Jersey area or Ocean County area. I thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

You can find a dietitian at the American Dietetic Association. Include your zip code or city / state, the type of service you want (individual consultation) and expertise. You can also contact your local hospital or doctor's clinic and ask to talk to a dietitian. Write back if you can't find a dietitian in your area


I'm doing a school project or report on dietitians and nutritionist. If you could send me information on what they do, their schooling and just about every thing on you have on them I would really appreciate it. All the stuff on the internet is stuff on how to lose weight or what's the right stuff to eat etc. Thanks!

You can check the American Dietetic Association. Click on the links about a career in dietetics


I am looking for a recommended nutritionist in the San Francisco Bay Area. How do I go about finding one?

I would recommend you contact the California Dietetic Association or search the "find a nutrition professional" at the American Dietetic Association.


There is a local health club, advertising and verbally reporting that they have a dietitian. When specifically asked if the person was an RD, the answer was yes. With further investigation, the only background the individual has is a certification in apex weight loss program. How do we expose this club for false advertisement, as well as possible putting individuals in medical jeopardy? This advertisement needs to stop ASAP. Thanks for your help.

At the health club can ask what the person's registration number is and check it online at the Commission on Dietetic Registration. If the person is presenting themselves as a registered dietitian and they are not, I would highly recommend you contact the American Dietetic Association at 312-899-0040.

Further, depending on the state where you live, dietitians may be licensed. What that means is people who provide nutrition or dietetic services must be licensed in order to call themselves a dietitian. I would recommend you contact the state licensure board in your state which can be found at Commission on Dietetic Registrationand they could guide you further


I am trying to find a program that provides a certification called C.N.C. I believe that stands for Certified Nutritional Consultant which is given by I believe the American Association for Nutritional Consultants. Would you happen to have a contact, e.g. an email address, a URL or mailing address for such a program or related information? Thanks for anything you could provide.

I am not familiar with the American Association for Nutritional Consultants or their certification program for CNC. Don't know what this certification would enable one to do or the educational qualifications that would enable one to apply. It appears that all you have to do is take an open book test to qualify. According to Quackwatch, the AANC and the CNC certificate are bogus.

I am aware that most states license who can provide nutrition services, including Pennsylvania. Contact your state licensure board to determine what the qualifications are to practice nutrition counseling in your state. There are 46 states that license who can provide nutrition services. The American Dietetic Association's Commission on Dietetic Registration has a list of all license boards.


What does M.S., R.D. and L.D. mean?

MS = Masters of Science, RD = Registered Dietitian and LD = Licensed Dietitian which is required in almost all states for people who provide nutrition or dietetic services


Where can I get a referral for a dietitian? Or how can I get the track record of a specific dietitian in an area. Thanks.

You can ask your doctor for a referral to a Registered Dietitian if your health insurance requires a referral prior to coverage. Or you can call your medical out-patient clinic or local hospital and ask to talk to a dietitian. Another place to shop for a dietitian is to Find a Nutrition Professional at the American Dietetic Association. Click on the Find a Dietitian icon on their home page, then just fill in the form. Dietitians listed with ADA have their areas of practice listed so you can choose a dietitian to fit your health needs.

If your state has licensure for dietitians and nutritionists, you can check with your state licensure board for any reports. You can check a dietitian's credentials with the Commission on Dietetic Registration

Please write back if you run out of choices


Hello, I was just surfing the web, and was wondering if you could help me. I am doing a project for a public health nutrition class and I was wanting to know how much to pay a dietitian who would work 8:30 - 5 five days a week and manage a program for heart disease patients in a public health department. Thanks.

Check the Journal of the American Dietetic Association's "Report on the 1999 Membership Database" in the August 2001 journal. There is a survey of members in public health with ranging years of experience. Your specific job responsibilities may not be exactly reported, but there should be information for you to determine your salary range


In the title of the Ask the Dietitian site, DIETITIAN IS SPELLED INCORRECTLY!!! There is no second T in dietician!!

FYI, outside the US, many people spell dietitian as dietician (a tic in the middle) and in the United States, dietitian is spelled dietitian (a tit in the middle). Since the internet is worldwide, either spelling would be correct




I am a Student in the health field and I need to get hold of a patient satisfaction survey of their dietary care. If you could give me some links or if you can send one as an attachment, it would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

I don't have any, but I would suggest you contact your local hospital and talk to their Dietary Department head. You may also want to contact long-term care facilities such as nursing homes with a similar request. Since you are a student, they may share their survey form with you as well as any results


Recently, I've become interested in nutrition. I've been reading a lot of things about it. I ran up on 2 terms that I don't quite understand. Please help. What's the difference between certified nutritionist and registered dietitian?

Do they both have the same qualification to counsel people on nutrition? Have you heard of the organization: IAACN? Is that a respected organization in the world of dietitians?

Don't know what a certified nutritionist is. Unfortunately, people with an interest in nutrition or who sell nutritional supplements often call themselves nutritionists. Some states license who can call themselves nutritionist and those who qualify, become licensed. Therefore unless someone is a licensed nutritionist, the title nutritionist does not necessarily signify any education or training in nutrition or any qualifications to counsel people on nutrition. Traditionally, nutritionist had referred to a person who has a graduate degree in nutrition, but that practice has become less used because of the confusion caused by people without any degree calling them a nutritionist.

A registered dietitian has completed a 4-year college degree in nutrition or dietetics, completed an internship and passed a registration test by the American Dietetic Association. Check out the American Dietetic Association web site. In order to stay registered, dietitians have to complete 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years. Some states also license who can call themselves a dietitian.

Never heard of IAACN. What is the long name of the organization?




I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I am doctor looking for accredited nutrition / dietitian programs in my area. How can I get a list of such programs?

Is there a national association of registered dietitians and if so, do they have a web site? Please, E-mail me a response. Thanks.

Check out the American Dietetic Association site. You can contact them at 312-899-0040 for a list of accredited dietetics programs. They have a referral network called "Find a Dietitian" on their web site to locate dietitians in your area






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