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What Is a Clinical Dietitian and How to Become One

What Is a Clinical Dietitian?

A clinical dietitian designs and administers nutrition programs for patients in healthcare facilities. Clinical dietitians assess patient health needs, educate patients on food habits that can improve health, design customized diet plans based on patient health and disease, and promote health education through presentations and speaking engagements. A career as a clinical dietitian includes evaluating the effectiveness of nutrition programs through patient consultation and health monitoring. Similar roles include dietitian nutritionist, food education nutritionist, dietetics facilitator, food planner, and health consultant.

How to Become a Clinical Dietitian

A clinical dietitian administers dietetics and nutrition programs in healthcare facilities. If you are seeking a health career as a dietitian nutritionist, earn a bachelor’s degree in dietetics or health and complete supervised training. Apply for licensure, noting the career and education requirements of state health facilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential can help a dietitian nutritionist demonstrate proficiency in disease prevention, nutrition programs, dietetics education, and health promotion. Aspiring nutritionists can earn the certified nutrition specialist (CNS) credential.