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From: Mark Rifkin (pool-151-196-249-249.balt.east.verizon.net)
Subject:         Re: I saw this board today and I don't remember seeing it before...
Date: December 12, 2005 at 6:38 pm PST

In Reply to: I saw this board today and I don't remember seeing it before... posted by Jena on December 12, 2005 at 11:24 am:

Hi Jena,

Welcome to the new discussion board. The rules vary by state, but becoming a dietitian requires completion of an approved undergrad program, plus an internship, plus an exam. I was able to complete the undergrad program while working full time; part-time and distance internships are also available in some areas. "Approved" means according to the American Dietetic Association (eatright.org).

Of course, there are other credentials, such as CNS and CNC, which are issued by alternate organizations. CNS is usually recognized by states, while I'm not aware of the CNC being recognized by any state. Lack of recognition does not prevent a practice from operating, but it will limit the types of nutrition activities one can perform, and it can vary state to state. In MD, new regulations appear to prohibit any unlicensed practitioner (that is, someone unable to qualify for RD or CNS) from providing nutrition counseling.

In most states, there isn't a sufficient market to focus on veg'n diets. Merely mentioning the "V" word will cause many doors to be shut. However, since all dietary guidelines support veg'n diets at least indirectly, focusing on "plant-based" diets is fully warranted. This widens the potential market and makes you more appealing to potential clients while allowing them to adjust their plant-based diet as they like--that is, with animal-based foods.

Hope that answers your question.

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