Nutrition State Law Disclosures


American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, a U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) approved accreditor. Learn more about accreditation online here.

In addition to reviewing accreditation, if you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. 

In some states, it is a violation of state law to practice “dietetics” without a license; while in other states, it is illegal only if an unlicensed practitioner calls him/herself a “dietitian” or “nutritionist.” The nutrition-related services allowed or prohibited in your state must be determined by careful review of the language of your state’s law, and we recommend seeking legal guidance from a law professional in your state.

Download ACHS's Nutrition Disclosures White Paper online here for additional information.

Holistic Nutrition Professional Resources:

As you explore your holistic nutrition career opportunities, there are some great resources that will help you in your research and professional organizations that provide support for holistic nutrition credentialing and access to benefits like practitioner liability insurance. 

You'll find a wealth of information about legal issues that impact nutrition professionals can be found at the American Nutrition Association’s website online at This site expands on the state requirements and provides opportunities for you to get involved and become an advocate for holistic nutrition career pathways and credentialing!

For holistic nutrition credentialing, ACHS graduates of qualifying programs are eligible for professional membership to the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and to apply to sit the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board's (HNCB) examination to become “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition”. Graduates may also be eligible for the advanced credential “Certified Nutrition Professional” through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Learn more about credentialing through the NANP and HNCB online here.

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