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Why Choose a Dietitian?

What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist? 

We get asked this question very often. The words "dietitian" and "nutritionist" are often used interchangably, but they are not the same. A dietitian is a Registered Dietitian, which means the person has a degree and is legally able to use the initials R.D. after their name. All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. Only an R.D. has the training and the knowledge to give you expert personalized advice based on current nutrition science.

Receiving an RD designation takes commitment and is not easy. Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who meet specific educational and professional requirements from an accredited program to attain their title, including a bachelor’s degree, completion of a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) program, which includes classes in biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology plus a dietetic internship for a minimum of 900 hours. Some dietitians continue their education in post graduate courses leading to Masters and Doctorate degrees. Before becoming an RD, you also have to pass a standardized national exam and complete continuing education credits to maintain your title which means that RDs have to stay abreast of current trends and issues.

Basically, for the most part, nutritionist is not a licensed title. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist.  There is a designation for certified nutrition specialist, CNS, which is a licensed nutritionist. This title does not require intensive clinical hands-on training. There is also a certified dietetic nutritionist, CDN This title is licensed, and requires specific educational and professional requirements to attain. Not all states require you have it to practice.

Registered Dietitians are trained in Medical Nutrition Therapy, which includes nutrition care for clients that are hospitalized or dealing with a medical situation,  as well as healthy individuals.  We have an experienced and diverse team of Registered Dietitians at Dynamic Dietetics that are capable of solving your nutritional needs in a caring and professional manner. 

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