Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) are experts in nutrition and dietetics and are educated and trained specifically in this field. In order to become a fully qualified RD or DTR in China currently, candidates have to fulfill a few prerequisites first to be eligible to take a registration examination. After the applicants complete the exam, the grade will be posted after three months. If applicants successfully pass the exam and all other required supporting documents get approved, they then can be registered by Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) as licensed RD or DTR.
The Chinese Nutrition Society, was founded in 1945. It is a multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to research and the application of the best nutrition practices for the promotion of human well-being and the prevention of disease. Currently, CNS has over 18,000 members in 31 regions across China, including nutritionists, clinical dietitians, community health workers, academic professionals and students who are interested in pursuing career in health-care.
The expertise of practitioners from nutrition and nutrition related fields is evaluated by Registered Dietitian Committee (RDC), which is established by CNS. The RDC is in charge of managing examinations, registrations and continuing educations. The RDC also consists of two sub-groups. One is responsible for educations and examinations, and the other one is responsible for registration, supervision and regulation.
Both Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered are involved in nutrition and dietetics. However, they often have different expectations and duties. A Registered Dietitian can use the science of nutrition to engage in diet management, nutrition support, nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for an individual or a group. A Registered Dietetic Technician usually work for or under the supervision of a Registered Dietitians in dietary management and nutrition counseling.
The qualification process to become a credentialed RD or DTR includes the corresponding curricula, internships and a registration examination. The registration examination is administered nationally 1 to 2 times a year. The contents and questions of each examination are reviewed and certified by the RDC in order to ensure the validity.
Candidates who meet the following criteria can apply for registration examination:
|Registered Dietitian||Registered Dietetic Technicians|
|1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor degree in nutrition or nutrition related majors (see Appendix 1)||1. Complete a minimum of an associate’s degree in nutrition or nutrition related majors (see Appendix 1) or a bachelor degree in other majors|
|2. Complete a series of courses for Registered Dietitians (see Appendix 2) and acquire corresponding credits||2. Complete a series of courses for Registered Dietetic Technicians (see Appendix 2) and acquire corresponding credits|
|3. Work in nutrition and nutrition related fields or complete the dietetic internship for at least 1 year||3. Work in nutrition and nutrition related fields for at least 2 years|
|4. Ability to work independently|
Those who are already Registered Dietetic Technicians and have worked in nutrition and nutrition related fields for more than or equal to 5 years can apply for the registration examination of the Registered Dietitian after completing a series of courses for Registered Dietitians.
The first-time registration is valid for five years. One must apply to the Chinese Nutrition Society for re-registration three months before it expires. Candidates who are re-registered must meet the following criteria:
(1) Meet the minimum credit requirements for continuing education.
(2) Comply with the Code of Ethics.
(3) Employers have no objection against the applicants in obtaining certificates of RD or DTR.
Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered must complete continuing professional educational requirements to improve their professional knowledge and skills. Continuing education includes corresponding curricula, professional conferences/meetings, training sessions, and research opportunities (with various other options). Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered earn corresponding credits through continuing education. Within the validity period of the certificate, Registered Dietitians are required to obtain at least 50 credits, and Dietetic Technicians, Registered are mandatory to acquire 30 credits minimum.
Educational institutions, dietetic internships, and test administration are all multi-cooperated in the training of Registered Dietitians. Cooperation organizations need to be assessed, certified and regulated by CNS. The certification is valid for 5 to 7 years, in which reapplication is needed for re-qualification.
|Bachelor degrees||Nutrition majorsition||Food Safety and Nutrition|
|Food Hygiene and Nutritionition|
|Nutrition related majors||Basic Medicineition|
|Food Quality and Safetyition|
|Food Science and Engineeringition|
|Food Nutrition and Inspection Educationition|
|Culinary Science and Nutrition Educationition|
|Maternal and Child Healthition|
|Clinical Medicine of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicinet|
|Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Rehabilitationition|
|Traditional Chinese Medicineition|
|Pharmacology of Traditional Chinese Medicineition|
|College degrees||Nutrition majors||Medical Nutritionition|
|Food Nutrition and Safetyition|
|Nutrition related majors||Nutrition related majorsNutrition Equilibriumition|
|Food Nutrition and Detection Rehabilitationition|
|Cooking Technology and Nutritionition|
|Development and Management of Health Care Productsition|
|Chinese Medicine Health Careition|
|Elderly Health Care and Managementition|
|Western Food Technologyition|
|Modules||Registered Dietitian||Registered Dietetic Technicians|
|Basic Medicine||Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunology||10||Biochemistry, Physiology||1|
|Fundamental Nutrition||Introduction to Nutrition, Nutrition Foundation||4||Introduction to Nutrition, Nutrition Foundation||3|
|Food Science andFood Safety||Food Nutrition, Food Analysis, Food Processing, Food Safety||6||IFood Nutrition, Food Safety||5|
|Foodservice and Management||Culinary Science, Diet Management and Design, Recipe Preparation, Catering Management and Practice||6||Culinary Science, Diet Management and Design, Recipe Preparation, Catering Management and Practice||10|
|Community Nutrition||Dietary Nutrient Reference Intake, Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition Survey and Evaluation, Food, Health and Dietary Patterns (including Vegetarian), Community Nutrition and Chronic Disease Management, Health Management||5||Dietary Nutrient Reference Intake, Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition Survey and Evaluation, Food, Health and Dietary Patterns (including Vegetarian), Community Nutrition and Chronic Disease Management, Health Management||3|
|Human Nutrition||Nutrition of People of Different Ages (Different Physiological Conditions),Nutrition of People of Different Occupations and Environment, Sports Nutrition||4||Nutrition of People of Different Ages (Different Physiological Conditions),Nutrition of People of Different Occupations and Environment, Sports Nutrition||3|
|Clinical Nutrition||Introduction to Clinical Nutrition, Intestinal and Parenteral Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy||7||Introduction to Clinical Nutrition||1|
|Nutrition Education||Psychology, Nutrition Counseling and Education, Nutrition Counseling and Educational Practice||4||Nutrition Counseling and Education, Nutrition Counseling and Educational Practice||1|
|Environment and Health||Introduction to Environment and Health, Epidemiology and Health Statistics||3||1|
|Total hours (16 hours per credit)||800||432|