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    For those with the NYS CDN credential

    The distance track of this Internship can facilitate individuals holding the New York State Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) credential to evaluate their learning needs and to engage in supervised practice activities to complete the requirements for transition to the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

    According to information on the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions website, http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/diet/dietlic.htm (accessed 8/7/19) the criteria for the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist credential are as follows:

    Education: You must have completed a program in dietetics-nutrition leading to the baccalaureate degree or a higher academic credential that is, at the time you completed the program, registered by the New York State Education Department as qualifying for certification in dietetics-nutrition or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), or is the equivalent of such a program. The program must include at least 45 semester hours of course work in the professional dietetics/nutrition content area and have at least 20 semester hours of course work in the human biological sciences and social and behavioral sciences content area.

    Experience: You must have completed one-half of a full-time equivalent year of planned work experience (800 hours), which could have been a structured part of your educational program. Otherwise, the experience must have followed the completion of your educational program. Planned work experience means continuous work experience in dietetics-nutrition, which reflects increased levels of professional growth and is under the supervision of a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist or someone who is registered by or a member of a national dietetic or nutrition association acceptable to the New York State Education Department. To qualify, the experience must include: assessing nutrition needs and food patterns, planning for and directing the provision of food appropriate for physical and nutrition needs, and providing nutrition counseling. Contact the State Board for Dietetics and Nutrition at dietbd@nysed.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 560 if you have questions.

    According to CDR, (personal communication 4/22/16) “an individual who has successfully completed the registration examination for dietitians for licensure purposes only may become registered after completing the supervised practice program without retaking the examination provided they complete the supervised practice requirements within five years of successful completion of the examination for licensure. If they took the examination and passed it for licensure purposes more than 5 years ago they must take it again upon completion of the dietetic internship program. Those who were grandfathered in as CDNs without being an RD have to complete all registration eligibility requirements and pass the examination before they can become an RD. The state board would have to determine whether or not a grandfathered CDN could be processed to take the examination for licensure purposes only.”

    Documentation of learning experiences completed for the CDN credential will be evaluated for consistency with current ACEND learning objectives through the Internship’s policy and procedure mechanism for Prior Assessed Learning (PAL). Directions for PAL Application


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