Nutrition Therapy

  • Credentials: What They Mean

    The Division of Nutrition Therapy team at Cincinnati Children’s is comprised of professionals with specialized training in nutrition. Below are the most common credentials and what they mean.

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    + RD − Registered Dietitian

    Has earned a bachelor of science in dietetics, completed a dietetic internship program approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and passed the registration exam for dietetics. To maintain RD status, a registered dietitian must complete a minimum of 75 hours of continuing education every five years.

    + DTR − Dietetic Technician, Registered

    Has earned an associate degree, completed a dietetic technician program approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and passed the dietetic technician registration exam. To maintain DTR status, the dietetic technician must complete a minimum of 50 hours of continuing education every five years.

    + CSP − Certified Specialist, Pediatric Nutrition

    A registered dietitian who has practiced for a minimum of two years, has completed 2,000 hours of practice in the specialty within the past five years and has passed the board-certification exam.

    + CNSC − Certified Nutrition Support Clinician

    Nutrition support is the application of nutritional intervention for patients with diseases that affect processes such as eating, digesting and absorbing nutrients required for health. Physicians, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists may provide services either alone or as part of a multidisciplinary team. These practitioners are required to successfully pass a national exam every five years.

    + CSO – Certified Specialist, Oncology Nutrition

    A registered dietitian who has practiced for a minimum of two years, has completed 2,000 hours of practice in the specialty within the past five years and has passed the board-certification exam.

    + IBCLC − International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant

    A healthcare professional who has earned an additional international certification in lactation after logging 1,000 hours in lactation assistance, 45 continuing education hours, and passing the International Breastfeeding Lactation Certification Exam. To re-certify after five years, 75 continuing education hours are required, and after 10 years, re-testing is required.

    + CDE − Certified Diabetes Educator

    Healthcare professional (nurse, dietitian, pharmacist) who has specialized knowledge in diabetes self-management education and meets the requirements for certification by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. To maintain CDE status, a minimum of 15 clock hours of continuing education applicable to diabetes must be completed every two years.

    + CLC – Certified Lactation Counselor

    Has earned a certificate, completed a certified lactation course approved by the Healthy Children Project and passed the lactation counselor exam. To maintain CLC status, the lactation counselor must complete a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education every three years.