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
NRS 640E.150 Application; qualification; fee; submission of fingerprints.
1. An applicant for a license to engage in the practice of dietetics in this State must submit to the Board a completed application on a form prescribed by the Board. The application must include evidence that the applicant is a registered dietitian in good standing.
NAC 640E.130 (Regulation)
Registration with certain organizations deemed to satisfy certain requirements for licensure. (NRS 640E.110) A dietitian who is registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or its successor organization shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements for licensure set forth in paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of subsection 1 of NRS 640E.150.
Licensure (or Certification) by Reciprocity or Endorsement of Another License
NRS 640E.190 Temporary license: Qualifications; limitations; expiration.
1. Upon application and payment of the applicable fee required pursuant to this chapter, the Board may grant a temporary license to engage in the practice of dietetics in this State to a person who holds a corresponding license in another jurisdiction if:
(a) The corresponding license is in good standing; and
(b) The requirements for licensure in the other jurisdiction are substantially equal to the requirements for licensure in this State.
2. A temporary license may be issued for the limited purpose of authorizing the licensee to treat patients in this State.
3. A temporary license is valid for the 10-day period designated on the license.
Temporary/Provisional Licensure (or Certification)
NRS 640E.180 Provisional license: Qualification; period of validity; eligibility for renewal; limitations.
1. Upon application and payment of the applicable fee required pursuant to this chapter, the Board may grant a provisional license to engage in the practice of dietetics in this State to an applicant who provides evidence to the Board that the applicant is eligible to take, but has not successfully completed, the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, or its successor organization.
2. A provisional license is valid for 1 year after the date of issuance. A provisional license may be renewed for not more than 6 months if the applicant submits evidence satisfactory to the Board for the failure of the applicant to obtain a license to engage in the practice of dietetics during the time the applicant held the provisional license.
3. A person who holds a provisional license may engage in the practice of dietetics only under the supervision of a licensed dietitian.
NRS 640E.090 Applicability of chapter.
1. The provisions of this chapter do not apply to:
(a) Any person who is licensed or registered in this State as a physician pursuant to chapter 630, 630A or 633 of NRS, dentist, nurse, dispensing optician, optometrist, occupational therapist, practitioner of respiratory care, physical therapist, podiatric physician, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, chiropractic physician, athletic trainer, massage therapist, reflexologist, structural integration practitioner, perfusionist, doctor of Oriental medicine in any form, medical laboratory director or technician or pharmacist who:
(1) Practices within the scope of that license or registration;
(2) Does not represent that he or she is a licensed dietitian or registered dietitian; and
(3) Provides nutrition information incidental to the practice for which he or she is licensed or registered.
(b) A student enrolled in an educational program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, or its successor organization, if the student engages in the practice of dietetics under the supervision of a licensed dietitian or registered dietitian as part of that educational program.
(c) A registered dietitian employed by the Armed Forces of the United States, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or any division or department of the Federal Government in the discharge of his or her official duties, including, without limitation, the practice of dietetics or providing nutrition services.
(d) A person who furnishes nutrition information, provides recommendations or advice concerning nutrition, or markets food, food materials or dietary supplements and provides nutrition information, recommendations or advice related to that marketing, if the person does not represent that he or she is a licensed dietitian or registered dietitian. While performing acts described in this paragraph, a person shall be deemed not to be engaged in the practice of dietetics or the providing of nutrition services.
(e) A person who provides services relating to weight loss or weight control through a program reviewed by and in consultation with a licensed dietitian or physician or a dietitian licensed or registered in another state which has equivalent licensure requirements as this State, as long as the person does not change the services or program without the approval of the person with whom he or she is consulting.
2. As used in this section, "nutrition information" means information relating to the principles of nutrition and the effect of nutrition on the human body, including, without limitation:
(a) Food preparation;
(b) Food included in a normal daily diet;
(c) Essential nutrients required by the human body and recommended amounts of essential nutrients, based on nationally established standards;
(d) The effect of nutrients on the human body and the effect of deficiencies in or excess amounts of nutrients in the human body; and
(e) Specific foods or supplements that are sources of essential nutrients.
Updated August 2023
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