Medical nutrition therapy is a medical treatment. Like other non-physician practitioners providing medical treatments, registered dietitian nutritionists generally can practice MNT because of licensure and certification laws, which provide authority for RDNs to provide this medical service. It is with this understanding that the Academy strongly recommends — unless there is an applicable exception or exemption or a state does not provide for licensure or certification requirements — practitioners hold licensure or certification in all states where the practitioner's clients or patients are located when services are provided.
Links to State Boards, Statutes and Regulations
Statute and Regulation Details
Licensure (or Certification) by Endorsement of RDN Credential/Exemptions
Licensure (or Certification) by Reciprocity or Endorsement of Another License
IC 25-14.5-4-4 Reciprocity; failure of examination; application fee
Sec. 4. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), the board may issue a license to an applicant for licensure as a dietitian under this article if the applicant presents evidence that the applicant has been issued a license in a state that has requirements for licensure that are, by the board's determination, equivalent to the requirements for licensure in Indiana. An applicant applying for a license under this subsection is not required to take an examination given by the board under IC 25-14.5-5.
(b) The board may refuse to issue a license under subsection (a) if the applicant has failed an examination given by the board under IC 25-14.5-5.
(c) The fee an applicant for licensure must pay for a license issued under subsection (a) shall be set by the board under IC 25-14.5-2-5.
Temporary/Provisional Licensure (or Certification)
IC 25-14.5-7-3 Use of title "registered dietitian" or designation "RD"; disseminating information to public; direct third-party reimbursement(b) Nothing in this article may be construed to prohibit or limit any person from:
(1) disseminating free information;
(2) conducting a class or seminar; or
(3) giving a speech related to nutrition.
Updated August 2023
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