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
§ 33-47-108. Reciprocity.
Reciprocity may be provided for dietitians licensed in other states which have laws at least as stringent as this act, or registered dietitians if their previous state of residence does not require licensure, provided that the applicant meets the requirements of W.S. 33-47-106.
Temporary/Provisional Licensure (or Certification)
§ 33-47-106. Licensure; application; qualifications; issuance and revocation of licenses; fees; temporary permits.
(d) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice dietetics for a period of six (6) months to an applicant for licensing, provided:
(i) The applicant is currently practicing or has within the last twelve (12) months practiced as a licensed dietitian in another state, territory or country that required licensure of dietitians;
(ii) The applicant is currently practicing or has within the last twelve (12) months practiced as a registered dietitian in another state, territory or country that did not require licensure of dietitians; or
(iii) The applicant is a student in a commission approved dietetics education program who expects to graduate within thirty (30) calendar days of the application filing date. Upon notification that a student in an approved program who has received a temporary permit under this section fails to successfully complete the program, the permit shall immediately expire.
(e) On payment of an additional fee established pursuant to W.S. 33-47-105(a)(v), the board may extend a permit to practice dietetics for an additional period not to exceed six (6) months from the date of issuance of the original permit.
§ 33-47-103. Exemptions; persons and practices not affected.
(a) The following shall not be considered to be practicing dietetics under this act:
(i) A qualified member of a legally recognized profession who is otherwise licensed or certified by this state, while performing services consistent with the license or certification, provided the member does not purport to be practicing dietetics and does not claim to be a dietitian;
(ii) A student enrolled in an accredited program in dietetics while engaged as part of the program in the practice of dietetics under the supervision of a licensed dietitian;
(iii) A dietitian who is serving in the commissioned corps of the armed forces or the public health service of the United States, who is employed by the veterans administration or a Wyoming department of health nutritional services program under the supervision of a licensed dietitian, while engaged in the practice of dietetics provided the practice is related to that service or employment;
(iv) A person employed by a school district who is responsible for menu planning, purchasing of food, meal preparation or food safety, who uses general nonmedical nutrition information in the performance of the person's duties and who does not purport to be practicing dietetics and does not claim to be a dietitian;
(v) A retailer who furnishes oral or written general nonmedical nutrition information related to food, food materials or dietary supplements or the marketing of food, food materials or dietary supplements;
Updated August 2023
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