Wyoming Dietetics Licensing Board
Continuing Education Requirements
Chapter 6, Section 3 of the Board Rules requires all licensees to submit evidence of 30 hours CPE that complies with Section 4. Chapter 6, Section 4 of the Board Rules requires:
Section 4. Continuing Education Requirements.
(a) Renewal Period. CPE shall be obtained July 1 through June 15 of the renewal period.
(b) Calculation of CPE. CPE shall be calculated as follows:
(i) One (1) semester credit equals fifteen (15) CPE;
(ii) One (1) quarter credit equals ten (10) CPE; and
(iii) One (1) continuing education hour equals one (1) CPE.
(c) Content. CPE shall be related to the scope of practice defined in the Act.
(i) The Board shall accept CDR approved activities if related to the scope of practice defined in the Act, which includes application of principles derived from the sciences of food, nutrition, management, communication, and biological, physiological, behavioral, and social sciences to achieve and maintain optimal human health. Additionally, dietetics includes the nutrition care process, medical nutrition therapy, and ethics. Other activities may be submitted to the Board for review.
(ii) Licensees shall provide proof of attendance that contains the activity title, dates, CPE, sponsor, presenter, qualifications of the presenter, the name of the licensee, and shall be signed by the sponsor or the presenter.
(d) Waiver. The Board may grant a waiver for CPE requirements to licensees who have petitioned and demonstrated just cause based on extenuating circumstances.
Per the above rule, all continuing education must be directly related to the scope of practice as defined by the Board's Practice Act. Even though CDR may have approved your course, it may not be approved by the Wyoming Board if the content is not relative to the scope of practice. Please be reminded the Board's Practice Act reads:
Wyoming Statute § 33-47-102(a)(iii):
"Dietetics" means the integration and application of principles derived from the sciences of food, nutrition, management, communication, and biological, physiological, behavioral, and social sciences to achieve and maintain optimal human health. "Dietetics" includes the nutrition care process and medical nutrition therapy. "Dietetics" does not include medical differential diagnosis of the health status of an individual;
Additionally, Wyoming Statute § 33-47-102(a)(v):
"Medical nutrition therapy" means the use of specific nutrition services for the purpose of disease management to treat or rehabilitate an illness, injury or condition and includes:
(A) Interpreting dietary data and recommending nutrient needs relative to medically prescribed diets, including but not limited to tube feedings, specialized intravenous solutions and specialized oral feedings;
(B) Food and prescription drug interactions; and
(C) Developing and managing food service operations whose chief function is nutrition care and provision of medically prescribed diets.
Continuing Education Examples
The rules require that all CE content be related to the scope of practice as defined in the Board’s Practice Act (also called Statute). The rules reiterate this statutory scope: sciences of food, nutrition, management, communication, and biological, physiological, behavioral, and social sciences to achieve and maintain optimal human health. Additionally, dietetics includes the nutrition care process, medical nutrition therapy, and ethics.
Remember that per rule the intent for each area above is to achieve and maintain optimal human health. With that in mind, management would refer to clinical nutrition management / food service management and not office management / leadership.
Some approved courses within the scope areas listed above include:
Ethics and the Nutrition Professional
Dietetic Diversity [By title alone, it is not explicitly clear if the course meets scope criteria. However, the licensee’s explanation for this course is it taught them about the dietary, religious, and cultural differences among many different ethnic groups and cultures]
Renal Nutrition Workshop
Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy Master’s Course
Food Interactions with Prescription Drugs
Popular Diets: What’s Trending
Low-Carbohydrate Eating Patterns for Health
News in Nutrition Therapy for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
Dietary Influences on the Human Gastrointestinal Microbe
Nutrition Advice that All Experts Agree: A Starting Point for a Vibrantly Healthy Diet
Intermittent Fasting 101
Adult Weight Management
HIV/AIDS Immune Function and Nutrition
Topics in Nutrition and Lactation: Supporting Pregnant and Breastfeeding Clients
Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches
Power of Protein
The Mediterranean Diet and Beyond: Lifestyle Lessons from Europe's Healthiest Countries
Plant-Forward Family Meals
Nutrition During Stress
Recipe Testing, creating successful recipes
Food Safety Certifications
Dietetic Intern Preceptor (in accordance with CDR's max of 3 hours per year)
Examples of non-approved courses include:
Detecting and Responding to Human Trafficking
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting
Taking your Business the Distance: how to build a practice that lasts
Effective Communications & Relationship Building
Preventing Medical Errors
While the non-approved courses listed above may make you a better manager or individual, they do not fall into a category listed above from the scope of practice and are not accepted toward your Wyoming license renewal. This does not mean you shouldn’t take courses like this - you just need to ensure you have 30 hours of acceptable courses in addition to these.
Continuing Education Review Process
Board staff will review your submitted continuing education. If Board staff is unable to ascertain from the course title that it is relative to the scope of practice, staff will request additional information from you. If the additional information still does not demonstrate relevance to the scope of practice, staff will forward your continuing education to an Application Review Committee (ARC) of the Board for consideration. If the ARC cannot ascertain from the course title or your additional information that it is relative to the scope of practice, the ARC will request your justification of the continuing education course content and how it related to the scope of practice. Every effort is made to allow you to demonstrate that your courses meet the criteria established by the Board's Practice Act and Rules. However, the responsibility to meet the criteria is on you, the licensee.
Contacting Board Members
It is important that you do not contact the Board members relative to your application or renewal. This is to:
Ensure the Board Office can maintain all records of correspondence to comply with the Public Records Act, Wyoming Statute 16-4-201 through 205.
Ensure no board member speaks on behalf of the board and that board decisions are made at appropriately noticed public meetings in accordance with the Public Meetings Act, Wyoming Statute 16-4-401 through 408.
Ensure that any potential case is conducted according to the Administrative Procedure Act, Wyoming Statute 16-3-101 through 115.