Licensure for Dietitians/Nutritionists in Delaware

According to Delaware law, licensure is required for individuals practicing as and/or labeling themselves as Dietitians or Nutritionists in the state of Delaware. The purpose of this requirement is to establish minimum standards of education for professional dietitians/nutritionists. It also allows the public to accurately identify those who meet these minimum standards.

BOARD FUNCTION: The Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (hereafter designated as "the Board ") regulates the licensure process for professional dietitians/nutritionists and establishes minimum standards of education, experience and examination for these professionals. The Board also creates rules and regulations, establishes the requirements for licensure and imposes disciplinary sanctions, when necessary. (24 Del. C., Chapter 38, § 3801-3812)

To view the current Delaware Law governing Licensure, please CLICK HERE

LDN Regulations: View here

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Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist

Minimum Standards of Education: A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a United States with a major course of study in human nutrition, nutrition education, food and nutrition, dietetics, or food systems management.

Scope of practice for dietetic/nutrition therapy: Dietetic and nutrition therapy shall mean the scope of services utilized in the delivery of preventive nutrition services and/or nutrition therapy. It involves an assessment of the individual's specific nutritional needs and the development and implementation of an intervention plan.

Title Protection: License required to use title "Licensed Dietitian," "Licensed Nutritionist," "Nutritionist," "Dietitian”.

Continuing Education: 30 hours of continuing education are required during the 2-year licensure period

Not All Certificates are Created Equal: Competition to provide nutrition services is widespread and growing, and licensing protects the public by requiring practitioners to meet standards of competency.


Contact Delaware Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Consumer Protection Coordinator

For Further Information

Contact the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation