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When you need a nutrition professional:
Contact the Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 303-757-2060, or a local hospital for advice. Click here to download a CAND brochure.

You can also contact the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Referral System at 1-800-366-1655 to locate an RD or DTR with specific professional expertise in a specific geographic location.

When you have a nutrition question:
Call the Academy Nutrition Hotline at 1-800-366-1655 for accurate and timely information on all your nutrition questions. Or log onto: www.eatright.org.

Please review our CAND Strategic Framework to learn more about our mission, vision, values, goals and strategies.

Nutritionist or Dietitian: What's the Difference?

In the state of Colorado, anyone can use the title of nutritionist, nutrition counselor or nutrition advisor regardless of education and credentials. On the other hand, a registered dietitian and registered dietetic technician are required to meet specific educational and professional standards.

What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)?

An RD is an expert in food and nutrition who:

  • has a bachelor's or master's degree in nutrition
  • has completed an internship or professional experience
  • has passed a national registration exam
  • participates in continuing education

What is a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)?

  • A DTR is a qualified nutrition technician who
  • has completed a minimum of a two-year dietetic technician program
  • has passed a national registration exam
  • participates in continuing education

RDs and DTRs work in:

  • hospitals and health care facilities
  • schools and universities
  • government and community agencies
  • business and industry
  • private practice settings

Colorado has five universities/colleges that offer accredited nutrition programs:

  • Colorado State University 
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Johnson & Wales University
      
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