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Tennessee is an Exclusive Scope of Practice State and only dietitians working as “licensed dietitians” or “licensed nutritionists” may obtain a license. It is unlawful for any person who is not licensed to use the titles “dietitian/nutritionist,” “licensed dietitian,” “licensed nutritionist” or such letters as “L.D.N.,” L.D.” or “L.N.” or any facsimile indicating or implying that a person is a dietitian/nutritionist.


Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to affect, prevent or restrict:

  1. Persons qualified and licensed to practice other health professions from engaging in the practice of dietetics/nutrition when incidental to the practice of their profession. This chapter shall in no way apply to persons licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine pursuant to chapters 6 and 9 of this title;
  2. Students enrolled in an approved academic program in dietetics, if such practice constitutes a part of a supervised course of study and such student is designated by title clearly indicating such student’s status as a student or trainee;
  3. A dietitian serving in the armed forces or the public health service of the United States or employed by the veterans administration from engaging in the practice of dietetics; provided, that such practice is related to such service or employment;
  4. Persons performing the activities and services of a nutrition educator in the employment of a federal, state, county or municipal agency or an elementary or secondary school or accredited degree granting educational institution, insofar as such activities and services are part of a salaried position;
  5. Federal, State, county or local employees involved with nutrition-related programs, including, but not limited to, the cooperative extension service, child nutrition programs and Project Headstart from engaging in the practice of dietetics/nutrition within the discharge of their official duties; provided, that any such person engaging in dietetic/nutrition practice outside the scope of such official duty must be licensed as provided in this section;
  6. Persons employed in a hospital or nursing home as defined in § 68-11-201 and subject to licensure by the Tennessee board for licensing health care facilities; orPersons who do not hold themselves out to be licensed and/or registered dietitians/nutritionists of the right to provide services and information related to nonmedical nutrition while: Conducting classes or disseminating information related to non-medical nutrition.
    Employed by or operating a business that sells health products, including dietary supplements, food or food materials, or provides nonmedical nutritional information or distributes nutritional literature; or
    Employed by or operating a health food store;
    Employed by or operating a health weight loss or fitness program;
  7. “Nonmedical” means engaging in any practice that does not constitute the practice of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, dentistry or podiatry.

Tennessee Rules and Regulations, Chapter 0470-01

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