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 OF RDN Credential
Licensure (or Certification) by Reciprocity or Endorsement of Another License
1735. Waiver of examination requirement
On receipt of an application and application fee, the Board may upon the recommendation of the Committee waive the examination requirement for an applicant who, at the time of application:
1. is registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a registered dietitian; or
2. holds a valid license or certificate as a licensed or registered dietitian issued by another state with which this state has a reciprocity agreement.
435:35-1-9. Duplicate and endorsement licenses (Regulations)
(1) The Board shall waive the examination requirement for an applicant who:
(A) holds at the time of application a valid license or certificate as a dietitian issued by another state whose minimum requirements for licensure are equivalent to or exceed the licensing requirements of the Board which are in effect at the time of application; or
(B) is registered at the time of application by the Commission as a registered dietitian.
(2) All application materials must be completed and application fees must be paid by the applicant.
(3) An applicant applying for licensing by endorsement must submit a copy of the license or certificate issued by the state they wish endorsement from and a form provided by the Board which has been completed by the licensing or certifying agency.
(4) The Board may contact the issuing agency to verify the applicant's status with that agency at the time of application.
Temporary/Provisional Licensure (or Certification)
1734. Provisional license
A. A license to use the title of provisional licensed dietitian may be issued by the Board on the filing of an application, payment of an application fee, and the submission of evidence of the successful completion of the educational requirement pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 of the Licensed Dietitian Act. The initial application shall be signed by the supervising licensed dietitian.
B. A provisional licensed dietitian shall be subject to the personal and direct supervision of a licensed dietitian.
C. A person qualified for a provisional license is entitled to receive a license certificate as a provisional licensed dietitian. A provisional licensed dietitian shall comply with the provisions of subsections B and C of Section 12 of the Licensed Dietitian Act. 9
D. A provisional license is valid for one (1) year from the date it is issued and may be renewed annually not to exceed two (2) additional years by the same procedures established for renewal pursuant to the provisions of Section 13 of the Licensed Dietitian Act if the application for renewal is signed by the supervising licensed dietitian.
Updated August 2023
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