Diplomates of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN)

Michigan Public Act 333 of 2006, §18351 (on Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing)

Impact To The Profession Of:

Diplomates of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN)


Facts:

Qualifications:

All applicants interested in sitting for the ACBN examination must:

1. Be a licensed professional health care provider who has successfully completed 300 clock hours of specialized postgraduate training in nutrition from a college, university, institution, foundation, or agency holding status with an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or an agency having a reciprocal agreement with the recognized agency OR a health care provider who has completed a 300 dock hour residency program from a college, university, institution, foundation or agency holding status with an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or an agency having a reciprocal agreement with the recognized agency.

A. Residency programs must be approved by the Board.

B. Residency programs must file with the Board, the number of hours of teaching experience, research and training that is performed by the candidate.

C. A syllabus of the residency program must be submitted to the Board.

2. Candidates must write a nutrition oriented article or paper acceptable by the Board for publication in Board approved journals, such, but not limited to:

Nutritional Perspectives

Journal of Nutrition

JMPT

Am. J. Clinical Nutrition

J. Chiropractic Medicine

Nutrition Reviews

3. Candidates must have had a minimum of two (2) years practice experience in nutrition prior to sitting for the ACBN examination.

Source: American Clinical Board of Nutrition. Candidates Handbook. http://www.acbn.org/index.html Last accessed on June 26, 2010.

Board’s Current Rules as of __________:

MNA Interpretation:

As of the August 2010 draft rules, the licensing board has explicitly held that a DACBN credential by itself does not qualify one for nutrition/dietetics licensure. Thus a DACBN who does not by virtue of other qualifications qualify for licensure or exemption from the law, may not legally engage in the practice of dietetics and nutrition, or provide or offer to provide dietetics and nutrition care services in Michigan.

Note that Chiropractors are exempted from licensure as their scope of practice includes nutrition advice. Please view our Impact Statement Page to see if your other credentials will qualify or exempt you.

Impact under MNA's proposed rules: Because their training and experience is far more sophisticated than standard dietetics, DACBNs would qualify for licensure if our proposed rules were accepted.

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