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Pre-Registered Dietitian (2168)

Pre-Registered Dietitian

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DH65
  • Class Code: 2168
  • Established: 07/16/1980
  • Revised: 04/06/2010
  • Title Changed: 04/06/2010


Under direct supervision of a registered dietitian, to assist in the development and implementation of medical nutritional therapy for clients or patients in a State facility and perform other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The classification of Pre-Registered Dietitian is a temporary appointment classification used for recruitment of professional dietitians. All appointments in this class are made on a temporary basis and are not to exceed six months. Incumbents, upon becoming registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association, will then become eligible for appointment to the class of Registered Dietitian.

Typical Tasks

Gathers information on clients' nutritional history and assesses nutritional needs; documents and records individual nutritional needs of clients; interprets prescription for diets; and assists in establishing menus and recipes for use by food production personnel.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in dietetics or institutional management from a coordinated undergraduate dietetic program or a formalized post baccalaureate education program approved by the American Dietetic Association and verification of application to take the registered dietitian examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and theories of nutritional therapy; methods of planning, preparing, and serving food to a large number of persons; special nutritional requirements of mentally or developmentally disabled persons, geriatric population, and other client groups.


Ability to: Apply the principles of medical nutrition therapy; communicate nutritional requirements to clients, staff, and others; keep records and prepare reports; and analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

Special Personal Characteristics

Sympathetic understanding of and willingness to work with the client or patient of a State institution; possess good personal hygiene; adaptable, flexible; able to work well independently; able to work cooperatively with a team; and freedom from communicable diseases.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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