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‚ÄčLicensed Dietitian-Nutritionist

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements


Bachelor's Degree


1 Examination


900 Hours of Experience


30 Hours of Continuing Education


95.00 Initial Fee


71.00 Renewal Fee

An individual licensed to practice dietetics-nutrition. The practice involves the integration and application of principles derived from the sciences of food nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, management and behavior to provide for all aspects of nutrition therapy for individuals and groups, including nutrition therapy services and medical nutrition therapy.

Degree Requirement:  

Bachelor's Degree
An applicant applying for licensure as a dietitian-nutritionist shall submit a written application on forms provided by the Board evidencing and insuring to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant has received a baccalaureate or higher degree from a Board-approved, regionally accredited college or university, including a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics or food systems management.

Examination Requirement: 

1 Examination
An applicant applying for licensure as a dietitian-nutritionist shall submit a written application on forms provided by the Board evidencing and insuring to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant as satisfactorily completed an examination approved by the Board.

Experience: 

900 Hours
Every applicant, to be eligible for examination for licensure as a registered nurse, shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the Board that he or she has completed a planned continuous preprofessional experience component in dietetic practice of not less than 900 hours under the supervision of a registered dietitian, a dietitian-nutritionist licensed under the Professional Nursing Act or an individual with a doctoral degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition,  nutrition education, dietetics or food systems management as  approved by the State Board of Nursing.

Continuing Education: 

30 Hours
30 hours of continuing education required for licensure renewal.

Initial Licensing Fee: 

$95.00

Licensure Renewal Fee: 

$71.00
Biennial renewal of license.

Licensure By Act 41:

Act 41 allows for portability of out-of-state professional licensees coming to work in Pennsylvania. Act 41 does this by granting all boards and commissions within the Commonwealth the authority to immediately endorse licensees from other states, territories or jurisdictions (with substantially equivalent licensing requirements) who are active, in good standing and without discipline against their license or criminal conviction.