Primary Sponsor: Sen. Andrew Brock (R – Davie)
This bill was filed jointly in the House and Senate, and would expand the ability of nutrition professionals to practice in North Carolina by amending the Dietetics/Nutrition Practice Act.
This bill would allow licensed dietetics/nutritionists to order laboratory tests related to the practice of nutrition and order therapeutic diets.
The bill would edit the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition to include a physician on the board, which would also include the following members:
- Three members who are licensed dietitians/nutritionists;
- Two members who are licensed nutritionists;
- One member who will represent the public.
The Governor would appoint one licensed dietitian/nutritionist who is an educator at a college/university accredited by the US Department of Education and the licensed physician and the public member to this board.
The General Assembly, upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House would appoint one licensed dietitian/nutritionist whose primary practice is in a hospital or long term-care institution.
The General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint one licensed dietitian/nutritionist whose primary practice is consulting or private practice.
The Board would also be required to publish disciplinary action taken by the Board.
This bill would also add license requirements for all licensed dietician/nutritionists to include the following:
- A baccalaureate degree, master’s or doctoral degree in nutrition or an equivalent course of study from an accredited college/university whose curriculum includes the following courses:
- 15 hours of clinical/life sciences, including: human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, organic chemistry and biochemistry;
- 3 hours of behavioral sciences;
- 24 hours of food and nutrition.
- A Board-approved externship of at least 1,000 hours
- Completion of the registered examination for dietitian/nutritionists administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- A criminal history record check
All currently licensed dietitians/nutritionists would be grandfathered into these requirements.
This bill has been sent to the House Health Committee. If the bill is found favorable there, it will move to the Finance Committee.