The need for registered dietitians is growing faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians is expected to increase 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, primarily because of both an increased emphasis on disease prevention in a growing and aging population and public interest in nutrition. Nutritionists help individuals achieve healthy physiological function by assessing their nutritional needs through biochemical laboratory testing. A clinical nutritionist uses these test results to establish an individual nutritional program. Clinical nutritionists provide clinical nutrition therapy for patients with chronic illnesses and health issues and may refer clients to licensed physicians for specific medical treatments that aid in improving their overall health. Some clinical nutritionist positions are available to candidates with the credential of registered dietitian (RD), conferred by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), or licensure as a dietitian (LD). To obtain the credential of Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), students must complete the Post Graduate Studies in Clinical Nutrition (PGSCN) program, provided by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB). To be eligible for the program, students must have a bachelor’s degree and must have taken core science courses, as well as five courses in nutrition.
Training is needed such as a Completed minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Completed an ACENDaccredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length. ...
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