Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 324
Occupations and Professions General Provisions
Section 324.200

August 28, 2014

Dietitian practice act--definitions.

324.200. 1. Sections 324.200 to 324.225 shall be known and may be cited as the "Dietitian Practice Act".

2. As used in sections 324.200 to 324.225, the following terms shall mean:

(1) "Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE)", the American Dietetic Association's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for professions as registered dietitians;

(2) "Committee", the state committee of dietitians established in section 324.203;

(3) "Dietetics practice", the application of principles derived from integrating knowledge of food, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, management, and behavioral and social science to achieve and maintain the health of people by providing nutrition assessment and nutrition care services. The primary function of dietetic practice is the provision of nutrition care services that shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Assessing the nutrition needs of individuals and groups and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting;

(b) Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutrition needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints;

(c) Providing nutrition counseling or education in health and disease;

(d) Developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems;

(e) Evaluating, making changes in, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality and safety in food and in nutrition services;

(f) Engaged in medical nutritional therapy as defined in subdivision (8) of this section;

(4) "Dietitian", one engaged in dietetic practice as defined in subdivision (3) of this section;

(5) "Director", the director of the division of professional registration;

(6) "Division", the division of professional registration;

(7) "Licensed dietitian", a person who is licensed pursuant to the provisions of sections 324.200 to 324.225 to engage in the practice of dietetics or medical nutrition therapy;

(8) "Medical nutrition therapy", nutritional diagnostic, therapy, and counseling services which are furnished by a registered dietitian;

(9) "Registered dietitian", a person who:

(a) Has completed a minimum of a baccalaureate degree granted by a United States regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent;

(b) Completed the academic requirements of a didactic program in dietetics, as approved by CADE;

(c) Successfully completed the registration examination for dietitians; and

(d) Accrued seventy-five hours of approved continuing professional units every five years; as determined by the committee on dietetic registration.

(L. 1998 H.B. 1601, et al. merged with S.B. 650, A.L. 2004 S.B. 1122, A.L. 2008 S.B. 788)

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