Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 324
Occupations and Professions General Provisions
Section 324.210

August 28, 2014

Qualifications of applicant for licensure--examination required, exception.

324.210. 1. An applicant for licensure as a dietitian shall be at least twenty-one years of age.

2. Each applicant shall furnish evidence to the committee that:

(1) The applicant has completed a didactic program in dietetics which is approved or accredited by the commission on accreditation for dietetics education and a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an acceptable educational institution accredited by a regional accrediting body or accredited by an accrediting body which has been approved by the United States Department of Education. Applicants who have obtained their education outside of the United States and its territories must have their academic degrees validated as equivalent to the baccalaureate or master's degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for a verification statement of completion of a didactic program in dietetics;

(2) The applicant has completed a supervised practice requirement from an institution that is certified by a nationally recognized professional organization as having a dietetics specialty or who meets criteria for dietetics education established by the committee. The committee may specify those professional organization certifications which are to be recognized and may set standards for education training and experience required for those without such specialty certification to become dietitians.

3. The applicant shall successfully pass an examination as determined by the committee and possess a current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The committee may waive the examination requirement and grant licensure to an applicant for a license as a dietitian who presents satisfactory evidence to the committee of current registration as a dietitian with the commission on dietetic registration.

4. Prior to July 1, 2000, a person may apply for licensure without examination and shall be exempt from the academic requirements of this section if the committee is satisfied that the applicant has a bachelor's degree in a program approved by the committee and has work experience approved by the committee.

5. The committee may determine the type of documentation needed to verify that an applicant meets the qualifications provided in subsection 3 of this section.

(L. 1998 H.B. 1601, et al. merged with S.B. 650, A.L. 1999 H.B. 343, A.L. 2004 S.B. 1122, A.L. 2009 H.B. 811)

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