WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LICENSED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST, LICENSED NUTRITION COUNSELOR AND REGISTERED DIETITIAN?
(LDNs) are licensed by the state of Florida through the Board of Medicine's Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council.
To become licensed they had to comply with the following:
- At least a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics or food management,
- At least 900 hours of supervised training,
- A passing score on the registered dietitian examination.
Currently, there are more than 3,500 active licensed dietitian/nutritionists.
Licensed nutrition counselors
(LNCs) are licensed by the state of Florida through the Board of Medicine's Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council. To obtain the license, individuals had to demonstrate nutrition practice experience.
Initial licenses for this profession are no longer issued. Currently, there are less than 200 active licensed nutrition counselors in Florida. The State of Florida no longer issues new licenses for licensed nutrition counselors.
Licensed dietitian/nutritionists and licensed nutrition counselors stay abreast of the latest trends, research and information for their profession. All Florida LDNs and LNCs must complete at least 30 hours of approved continuing education per licensure period
, every two years, to maintain their licenses.
Licensed dietitian/nutritionists and licensed nutrition counselors have the knowledge to translate science-based food and nutrition information into practical solutions that fit your lifestyle.
(RDs) are certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Registered dietitians are not authorized to practice privately in Florida. However, many licensed dietitian/nutritionists are also registered dietitians.
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I AM FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF A LICENSED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST OR NUTRITION COUNSELOR?
FIND A LICENSED DIETITIAN/NUTRITIONIST OR NUTRITION COUNSELOR IN YOUR AREA
- Ask to see a current Florida license
- Check online at www.FLHealthSource.com
- Choose “Verify a license”
- Choose “Show currently licensed providers”
- Enter the information you have available
- When choosing the profession, you can choose Dietetics/Nutritionist for an LDN or Nutrition Counselor for an LNC
- After entering the information, click “Find Provider”
- The query will provide the license number, original issue date, expiration date, license status (as clear and active or null and void) discipline or complaints on file and address.
- Visit www.FLHealthSource.com
- Choose "Verify a license"
- Choose "Show currently licensed providers"
- Choose the Profession from the drop down box
Note: When choosing the profession, you can choose Dietetics/Nutritionist for an LDN or Nutrition Counselor for an LNC
- Enter the county you live in
- After entering the information, click "Find Provider"
The query will return a list of all currently licensed dietitian/nutritionists or nutrition counselors in the county selected.
REPORT UNLICENSED ACTIVITY
It is illegal to practice nutrition counseling and/or nutrition services or to provide health care services to Florida residents and visitors without a valid, active license. The Department of Health has made the vigorous enforcement of licensure regulation one of its priorities.
Practicing nutrition counseling or nutrition services without a valid, clear/active Florida license is called unlicensed activity. Any exemption to licensure is identified in section 468.505
, Florida Statutes.
If you suspect unlicensed health care practice, you can report it anonymously by phone or online.
Call: 1-877-HALT-ULA (1-877- 425-8852)