Scope of Practice for Licensed Dietitians/Nutritionists

The scope of practice for licensed dietitians/nutritionists in North Carolina is defined in the law as nutrition care services. Nutrition care services means any, part or all of the following:

  • Assessing the nutritional needs of individuals and groups, and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting;
  • Establishing priorities, goals, and objectives that meet nutritional needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints;
  • Providing nutrition counseling in health and disease;
  • Developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems; and
  • Evaluating, making changes in, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services.

Nutrition care services do not include the retail sale of food products or vitamins.