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Advanced Practitioner Certification in Clinical Nutrition Eligibility Requirements


The eligibility requirements approved by CDR for the Advanced Practitioner Certification in Clinical Nutrition are as follows:

  • Current RD* or RDN*
  • Maintenance  of RD* or RDN* status for four calendar years (from the application deadline date)
  • Document 2,000 hours post RD* or RDN* of clinical nutrition practice within the past five years (from the application deadline date)
  • Completion of one of the following professional experiences:
    • graduate degree from a US-regionally accredited college or university, or foreign degree equivalent
    • evidence of presenting practice topics, quality process improvement, research, etc., at a national, state, local or facility to a professional audience within the past five years (from the application deadline date)
    • published a clinical nutrition research or non-research article in a peer reviewed professional journal; had a clinical nutrition book or book chapter published (not self-published); edited or reviewed a clinical nutrition peer reviewed professional journal article or book; published an article in a peer reviewed newsletter; or had a clinical nutrition abstract published in a peer reviewed journal within the past five years (from the application deadline date).
    • specialist certification in a clinical nutrition-related topics.  The specialist certifications must include the RD* or RDN* as a prerequisite qualification.  Candidates must hold the specialist certification at the time of the examination.



*Please note the RDN and RD are two credential designation options for one certification program. Practitioners may choose to use one or the other. For more information, click here