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What education do dietitians and nutritionists need for entry-level positions?

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What education do dietitians and nutritionists need for entry-level positions?

A bachelor's degree in:

dietetics

foods and nutrition

food service systems management.

plus supervised clinical experience

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What degree is needed for dietitians and nutritionists to be eligible for registration?

A master’s degree

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How much of dietitians and nutritionists hold a master’s degree?

One half

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Who certifies dietitians?

Commission on Dietic Registration of the Academy of nutrition and dietetics

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What does RDN stand for?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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What do RDNs advise people on?

advise people on what to eat to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal

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What are the major areas of specialization for RDNs?

Clinical

management

community

business and industry

consultant dietetics

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What may RDNs work as in academia?

educators

researchers

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What do Clinical Dietitian Nutritionists do?

provide nutrition services for patients in:

hospitals

long-term care facilities

outpatient clinics

in the office of physicians and other healthcare practitioners

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What do Consultant Dietitian Nutritionists do?

work under contract with healthcare facilities or in their own private practices

May consult with food service managers to provide expertise in food sanitation and safety, and budgeting

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What do Community dietitian nutritionists do?

counsel individuals and groups on sound nutrition practices to prevent disease and to promote good health

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What do Business Dietitian Nutritionists do?

work as a professional resource for corporations in product development, food styling, menu design, and nutrient analysis

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What do Management Dietitian Nutritionists do?

responsible for large-scale food services in a variety of settings:

hospital

long-term care

company cafeterias

prisons

elementary and secondary schools

colleges and universities

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What do Research Dietitian Nutritionists do?

Are employed in academic medical centers or universities and federal nutrition programs

May examine changes in the way the body uses food and nutrients over the course of a lifetime, for example, or the interaction of medications and diet

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How many hours a week do most RDNs work?

40 hours per week

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In 2019, what three settings were more than half of all jobs for RDNs in?

Hospitals

Ambulatory Care

Long-term Care Facilities

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Where did the most RDNs work in 2019?

Clinical Nutrition, hospital inpatient

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Out of 52 states and jurisdictions with laws governing dietetics, how many do not require certification or licensure?

Four

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How is the RDN status maintained?

at least 75 credit hours of CDR-approved continuing education must be obtained every five years

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What is another route to certification for Dietitians and nutritionists?

Through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)

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What certification does the BCNS offer?

Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)

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What are the eligibility requirements for the CNS title?

a graduate degree

supervised clinical experience

successfully completing a certification examination

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What will job growth for RDNs result from?

an increasing emphasis on disease prevention because of the high incidence of obesity and diseases that accompany obesity

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RDNs working in what specialty earned the highest salary?

Education and Research

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Where are most jobs for Dietetic Technicians?

Hospitals and long-term care

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What degree does the nutrition and dietetic technician, registered (NDTR) need?

An associates degree in an institution sponsoring a program accredited by ACEND of AND

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What state requires licensure for NDTRs?

Maine

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NDTRs with experience in _________ ________ will enjoy the best job opportunities.

Foodservice management

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When does an NDTR work under the supervision of an RDN?

when conducting medical nutrition therapy as a part of nutrition care planning

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Where are some job opportunities for NDTRs?

Hospitals

Day Care Centers

Restaurants

Health Clubs

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What was the most common position for NDTRs?

Dietetic Technician, Clinical

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How many hours of supervised practice do NDTRs need to complete?

450 hours

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What does California require NDTRs to do when providing medical nutrition therapy?

Work under the supervision of an RDN

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Do NDTRs have the same certification process and maintainment of the certification process as RDNs?

Yes

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What is another certification option for NDTRs who work in school lunch and child care programs?

become certified as a school nutrition specialist (SNS) through the School Nutrition Association

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What are the requirements to become an SNS?

an associate’s degree

one year of work experience in the area of school or child care nutrition programs

successfully completing the qualifying exam

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What are three reasons employment of NDTRs will grow?

Increased emphasis on disease prevention

Growing and aging population

public interest in nutrition

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Where do a majority of Certified Dietary Managers (CDMs) primarily work?

Long-term care facilities

hospitals

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The CDM works in consultation with an RDN in tasks related to what?

Clinical Dietetics

Food Preparation

service

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Where may a CDM work?

Hospitals

nursing homes

schools

correctional facilities

the military

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What do CDMs do?

Develop appropriate dietary plans in consultation with the RDN and in compliance with physician’s orders

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What did the September 28, 2019 ruling by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require facilities to do?

Facilities must employ a qualified director of food and nutrition services (a person with CDM certification)

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What is one pathway to become eligible to sit for the certification exam for CDM?

Spend two semesters taking courses in:

foodservice management

human resource management

etc.

have 150 hours of field experience in dietary management

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What may some educational programs offer to sit for the CDM exam?

may offer a fast track to certification for graduates with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in:

foodservice management

nutrition

culinary arts

hotel-restaurant management

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Current and former members of the U.S military who have graduated from an approved military dietary manager training program are eligible for what?

CDM examination

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Are CDMs required to be licensed?

No

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True or False: NDTRs and CDMs may compete for the same positions.

True

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Managers with what credentials earned more than managers without said credentials?

CDM credentials

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CDMS with what degrees earned the highest salaries?

Bachelors

Masters

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CDMS employed in what settings earned higher salaries?

Hospitals

continuing care communities

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