Q. What areas of nutrition and dietetics require licensure?
Ohio's law, set forth in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4759 is a mandatory licensure
law, which became effective on
Dietitian licensure law sets minimum standards. Agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. are free to add additional requirements to job descriptions and requirements, e.g. R.D., length of experience, type of experience.
Q. Who can become licensed as a dietitian?
A. The requirements for licensure are set forth in Ohio Revised Code Section 4759.06(A) and are as follows:
Registered Dietitians with the Commission on Dietetic Registration do not need to take an additional examination.
Q. What titles are restricted by the law?
The law restricts the use of the title "dietitian". The law also prohibits
anyone, other than a licensed dietitian, from using any words, abbreviations,
letters, insignia, etc. tending to indicate the practice of dietetics. Only licensed
persons can use dietitian as a part of their position title.
definition, the terms "Nutritionist", "Nutrition Counselor",
and like terms tend to indicate that the person is practicing dietetics.
Q. What about the R.D.?
The R.D. or registered dietitian is a trademark of the American Dietetic Association
and is not completely restricted by the Ohio law. Those who are registered may
continue to use the title R.D., but they may not practice dietetics as defined
in the law, unless they are also licensed.
Q. Who is exempt from licensure and regulation by the Ohio Board of Dietetics?
A. Sections 4759.01 to 4759.09 of the Revised Code do not apply to:
Q. What would happen if I dropped my RD status?
A. The documentation process for continuing education/professional development would change (see question on continuing education documentation).
Q. What are the penalties for violations of the law?
A. The Board may seek an injunction to stop the activities of an unlicensed person who is practicing dietetics illegally under Ohio Revised Code Section 4759.09. In addition, practicing without a license is a misdemeanor crime (Ohio Revised Code Section 4759.99). The Board may, refuse to issue, suspend, revoke, or impose probationary conditions upon the licensee who violates the standards set in the statutes and rules.
Q. How do I make a complaint if I think that someone is violating the dietitian licensure law?
A. A complaint form should be completed. Contact the Ohio Board of Dietetics at (614) 466-3291 for a form or download one from the O.B.D. website www.dietetics.ohio.gov. To aid in the investigation, please provide as much information as possible. Keep a copy of all information provided to the Board.
What other states have licensure for dietitians?
Ohio's law and the laws of most states allow for reciprocity between states; being licensed in one state may make one eligible for licensure in another state, provided that one complies with Section 4759.06 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Q. What titles and signatures are appropriate for the licensed dietitian?
A. The Ohio Board of Dietetics makes the following recommendations to ensure compliance with Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4759:
Licensed dietitians may use the title "licensed dietitian", "dietitian", or "nutritionist,"or "L.D.". If the licensed dietitian is also a registered dietitian, the letters "L.D.,R.D." may be used.
Students-- Students enrolled in an A.D.A. approved baccalaureate, associate, or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (C.P.D.) may use the title "student dietitian" or "student dietetic technician".
Persons in Pre-professional experiences:
Dietetic Technicians meeting the exemption and working under the supervision of the licensed dietitian may use D.T. or D.T.R. if registered.
Baccalaureate Graduates (meeting the exemption and working under the supervision of the licensed dietitian) may not use "dietitian" as a part of their job title. Nutrition Associate or Nutrition Assistant are suggested titles.
Limited Permit Holders who have completed educational and pre-professional experience requirements, but who have not yet taken the examination should use L.P. with their permit number - -i.e. Name, L.P. number. If an L.P. holder has passed the R.D. exam, the R.D. credential may be added to their title, i.e. Name, R.D., L.P. number, until the limited permit expires.
Q. How often am I required to renew my license?
Licenses are renewed annually and are valid from July 1st through June 30th. Renewal
applications and information are mailed to all licensees thirty (30) days prior
to the expiration date of the license. The completed application and current
renewal fee must be submitted to the Board by June 30th.
Q. I am currently not employed. Do I need to renew my license?
An individual is required to have a license only if practicing dietetics
either as a volunteer or for a fee as defined in the law, (see Question #1). If
you are not currently practicing dietetics, you may apply for "INACTIVE STATUS".
a person holding an inactive status must comply with certain requirements of Ohio
Revised Code Chapter 4759. The title of dietitian may be used, provided that the
person does not practice or offer to practice dietetics either as a volunteer
or for a fee, and does not use the title "licensed dietitian" or "L.D.".
a license is in inactive status, the licensee shall meet the cumulative continuing
education/ preprofessional development requirements as required by Rule 4759-4-04
of the Administrative Code, but is not required to pay the annual fee.
license may be withdrawn from inactive status by completion of the application
for reactivation of license to practice dietetics, and evidence of compliance
with continuing education/professional development requirements, and payment of
the current reactivation fee.
Q. What can happen if I forget to renew my license?
A. Occasionally this does happen. However, licenses expire on June 30th, and a valid license is mandatory for practicing dietetics in Ohio. Practicing dietetics without a license is a violation of the law and the person would be subject to penalties noted above.
failing to renew will be notified and be given an opportunity to renew their licenses.
An additional fee equal to fifty percent (50%) of the fee for renewal will be
Q. What should I do if my license card is lost or stolen?
A. Contact the Board office as soon as possible. You will need to complete an affidavit form and provide identification information. A $20 fee is assessed for issuance of a duplicate card.
Q. What is the procedure for name or address changes?
A. Contact the Board office and request an official "change of address/name form" or download one from our website: www.dietetic.ohio.gov. Forms must be signed and returned to the Board office.
You may, also, make appropriate name or address changes on your application during licensure renewal. It is the licensee's responsibility to inform the Board office of name and address changes.
Q. What documentation of continuing education is required to maintain licensure?
A. Licensees must comply with two continuing education requirements for renewal of the license as described in rule 4759-4-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Q. Are temporary permits available to practice dietetics? Who is eligible?
A limited permit may be granted to a person who has completed the education and
Direct supervision, as required by Ohio Revised Code Section 4759.06(F), and Ohio Administrative Code 4759-4-08, must be provided by a licensed dietitian for a person holding a limited permit who has failed the examination once. The licensee providing the direct supervision must be present on site or readily available by telecommunication.
Q. What are the requirements for supervision of persons, claiming exemption from licensure as dietetic technicians or baccalaureate degree Nutrition Assistants?
A. These persons must be supervised by a licensed dietitian in a manner which protects the public and given sufficient guidance to enable them to perform competently. Rule 4759-5-01 OAC specifically addresses supervision requirements. The licensee providing the supervision need not be on site at all times.
Q. What can unlicensed assistive personnel, such as dietary managers, dietary clerks, or dietary aides do in the area of nutrition care?
A. Persons who do not meet the criteria for licensure or exemption from licensure may not practice dietetics even under supervision. If properly trained, unlicensed assistive personnel may collect and record nutritional data to assist the dietitian with assessments and counseling. Evaluating or interpreting nutritional data is considered the practice of dietetics.
Q. What can the student dietitian or student dietetic technician do?
A. The Board recognizes that work experiences are a proper and necessary part of an educational program pursuant to 4759-5-02 O.A.C. A student may not engage in dietetic practice beyond that which is a part of the academic or pre-professional program. The dietitian that provides supervision should remember that students should only be working at the level of his/her educational experiences.
Board does not require a licensed dietitian holding an inactive license to pay
the renewal fee.
Board waives fifty percent of the initial licensure fee if the license is only
valid for a period between April first and June thirtieth.
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Q. Who is on the Board of the Ohio Board of Dietetics?
The five (5) members of the Board are appointed by the Governor for a five year
term. The law states that three members are to be licensed dietitians, one is
a Ph.D. educator and one member is a public member.
Q. Where is the office of the Ohio Board of Dietetics?
A. The Ohio Board of Dietetics is located at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 South High Street, 18th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6119.
Board office is open for business Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00
P.M. The phone number is (614)-466-3291. FAX number is (614) 728-0723. Website