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From: Mark Rifkin (
Subject:         Re: Dietician vs. Nutritionist ???
Date: March 30, 2006 at 9:13 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Dietician vs. Nutritionist ??? posted by Colleen on March 30, 2006 at 5:17 am:

Hi Colleen,

Thanks for your post and excellent question.
Whether you need a degree in nutrition is dependent on two parts:
1) your existing BA, and
2) the rules of your state.
Some states, such as Maryland, do not require a degree in nutrition to become a dietitian, they only require a degree and the core content in nutrition. In other words, since you already have a degree, you'd only be required to take the core nutrition content + any prerequisites.

A MS in nutrition can also work, but you'd still have to take the same core nutrition coursework + prerequisites; then of course, you'd have the additional graduate work. An internship would still be required in either case (BA or MS).

Also see my posts "Other options for those in diffcult circumstances" and "How to get started making money and a difference without a degree"

Let me know if that answered your question,
Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN

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