Nutrition Experts



Is a nutritionist different than a Registered Dietitian?

Yes, RDs are the food and nutrition experts. All Registered Dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. A Registered Dietitian has met academic and professional requirements and are easily identified by the credentials, RD. Whereas the term nutritionist does not legally bind a person to specific certifications or credentials. 

  Registered Dietitians work in both traditional and non-traditional settings, translating the science of food and nutrition into practical advice for a healthy lifestyle. For more information visit The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, How Is an RD Different Than a Nutritionist?

In March 2013, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved the optional use of the credential registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) by all registered dietitians. The Academy states that every registered dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a registered dietitian. When seeking the food and nutrition experts look for the credentials RD or RDN. For more information you can link to RDN credentials, frequently asked questions.


Qualifications of a Registered Dietitian

• Bachelor degree
• Supervised practice training program, minimum of 1,200 hours
• National registration exam
• Continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration

More on the qualifications of a RD here
 
What Is a Dietetic Technician, Registered?

• Associate degree
• Supervised practice training program
• National registration exam
• Continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration

More on the qualifications of a DTR here


For more information on the services provided by a Registered Dietitian and areas of practice, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  What Services Do RDs Provide?

Find a nutrition expert in your area!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website allows you to search for an RD near you, using your zip code, Find an RD!

What is a Licensed Dietitian (LD)?
The State has an interest in protecting the health and safety of every citizen.  Licensing of dietitians and other health care workers protects the public.  Citizens know that a “Licensed Dietitian (LD)” has met certain standards of education and experience to be an expert in food and nutrition.   In addition, the LD continues her/his education according to guidelines and abides by the profession’s Code of Ethics.
Licensure is voluntary for dietitians in Oregon, though some employers may require it due to specific regulations.  There are over 600 licensed dietitians in Oregon.