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
- Board/Agency Website
- Statute (Of note, dietitian/nutritionist are licensed under the Board of Nursing)
Statute and Regulation Details
Licensure (or Certification) by Endorsement of RDN Credential/Exemptions
Licensure (or Certification) by Reciprocity or Endorsement of Another License
Pennsylvania Statutes Title 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed) § 217. Graduates of schools of other states, territories or dominion of Canada
(a) The Board may issue a license without examination to a graduate of a school of nursing or a dietetics-nutrition program who has completed a course of study in nursing or dietetics-nutrition considered by the Board to be equivalent to that required in this State at the time such course was completed, and who is registered or licensed by examination in any other state, or territory of the United States or the Dominion of Canada, and who has met all the foregoing requirements as to character, and preliminary education.
Temporary/Provisional Licensure (or Certification)
Updated August 2023
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