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Florida Laws and Rules Updates for

Dietitians and Nutrition Counselors


The Florida Department of Health has now integrated the continuing education tracking system (CE Broker) with the license renewal system. The Department is verifying continuing education compliance by a licensee “in real time” at the beginning of the license renewal period.

This system requires a practitioner to have all CE requirements completed and entered into the continuing education tracking system (CE Broker) before the license renewal is approved.  The licensee is not allowed to renew their license if all of the required CE is not listed at the CE course tracking system (at CE Broker).

Copy of Florida Council Rule on CE for Florida Dietitians and Nutrition Counselors

 

RULE CHAPTER 64B8-45, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) CONTINUING EDUCATION (for Florida Dietitians and Nutrition Counselors)

64B8-45.001  General Requirements
64B8-45.002  Continuing Education Approval
64B8-45.004  Continuing Education Requirements for Reactivation of an Inactive or Delinquent License
64B8-45.005  Performance of Pro Bono Services
64B8-45.006  Continuing Education on HIV/AIDS

64B8-45.001 General Requirements.
(1) As a condition of biennial licensure renewal all licensees shall complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of continuing education in dietetics and nutrition practice within the twenty-four (24) month period prior to the expiration date of the license, of which no more than ten (10) hours may be in management, risk management, personal growth, and educational techniques. Up to twenty (20) hours of credit shall be accepted per biennium for approved home study courses. Those persons certified for licensure in the second half of the biennium are exempt from the continuing education requirements for that biennium. One hour of continuing education equals a minimum of fifty (50) minutes of instruction.
(2) DEFINITIONS:Home study education is independent study and requires a certificate of completion and an examination. Web based, satellite transmitted, video or audio transmitted or on line instruction programs that allow or require the licensee to interact or communicate back and forth with the instructor during the presentation of the program are not considered home study education, but can be counted as continuing education.
(3) By renewing the license, the licensee is stating that he or she has completed the required hours.
(4) The licensee shall retain for 4 years certificates of attendance or other records to document the completion of the continuing education requirement.
(5) Failure to document compliance with the continuing education requirements or the furnishing of false or misleading information regarding compliance shall be grounds for disciplinary action.
(6) If prior to biennial renewal a licensee has any extenuating circumstance such as catastrophic illness or extreme situations beyond the control of the licensee, the Council shall consider the situation on an individual basis.
(7) Two (2) hours of the required thirty contact hours per biennium shall relate to prevention of medical errors, including a study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety. If the course is being offered by a facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 395, F.S., for its employees, up to one hour of the two-hour course may be specifically related to error reduction and prevention methods used in that facility.
Rulemaking Authority 456.013(7), (8), (9), 468.507 FS. Law Implemented 456.013(7), (8), (9), 468.514, 468.515 FS. History–New 12-5-90, Amended 1-1-92, 9-24-92, 5-6-93, Formerly 21M-51.001, Amended 9-28-93, Formerly 61F6-51.001, Amended 1-2-95, 11-12-95, Formerly 59R-45.001, Amended 9-26-01, 3-4-02, 3-24-03, 4-30-06, 7-8-09, 2-3-10, 6-26-13.

64B8-45.002 Continuing Education Approval.
(1) Continuing education credit shall be awarded for educational experiences received through the following methods:
(a) By participating in one of the following dietetics or nutrition practice courses:
1. Organized courses of post graduate study offered by or approved by the American Medical Association’s Liaison Committee for Medical Education;
2. Organized courses sponsored by the Public Health Service, state or territorial health services, or a branch of the United States Armed Services;
3. College courses from an approved graduate or undergraduate program which is accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education or courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health and which course clearly relates to maintaining skills necessary for the safe and competent practice of dietetics and nutrition services, the licensee shall receive 15 continuing education credits for each semester hour of the course.
4. Organized courses offered by or approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
(b) Attendance of a minimum of two hours at a scheduled public meeting of the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council, up to a maximum of 2 hours per biennium.
(c) In addition to the continuing education credits authorized above, any volunteer expert witness who is providing expert witness opinions for cases being reviewed pursuant to Chapter 468, Part X, F.S., shall receive 2.5 hours of credit per case for performing a literature survey of at least two articles in conjunction with the review of cases for the Board up to a total of 5 hours per biennium.
(2) A lecturer or author presenting or authoring for the initial presentation a Board approved continuing education program that meets the requirements of subsection (1) shall receive three hours continuing education credit for every one hour of program up to a maximum of fifteen hours of credit per biennium.
(3) A preceptor may earn 2 hours of continuing education credit for each 100 hours of supervised practice experience, up to a maximum of 8 hours per biennium. To be eligible for the credit, the preceptor must participate as the primary preceptor for a potential licensee. The primary preceptor is expected to maintain documentation of the persons trained, number of hours supervised, subject matter, and dates of training.
(4) Acceptable subject matter for continuing education programs include:
(a) Updates of knowledge and skills in dietetics and nutrition practice for competent performance beyond the minimum requirements for licensure;
(b) Food preparation that focuses on nutritional value;
(c) Nutrition with specialized populations;
(d) Assessment and treatment of various dietary and nutritional disorders;
(e) Innovative marketing strategies in dietetics and nutrition practice;
(f) Food service systems management.
(5) Nonacceptable subject matter for continuing education programs include:
(a) Professional association business meetings or delegate reports;
(b) Menu planning;
(c) Food service sanitation;
(d) Cooking demonstrations;
(e) Sales presentation on a company’s new product;
(f) Programs intended for or by the lay public.
Rulemaking Authority 456.013(7), (8), (9), 468.507 FS. Law Implemented 456.013, 468.514, 468.515 FS. History–New 12-5-90, Amended 1-1-92, 9-24-92, Formerly 21M-51.002, Amended 11-4-93, Formerly 61F6-51.002, Amended 12-28-94, 11-12-95, Formerly 59R-45.002, Amended 9-26-01, 5-22-06, 7-8-09, 6-26-13.

64B8-45.004 Continuing Education Requirements for Reactivation of an Inactive, Retired or Delinquent License.
Any person seeking to reactivate an inactive, retired or delinquent license must submit proof of successful completion of fifteen hours per year of continuing education approved pursuant to this rule chapter for each year of inactive status.
Specific Authority 456.036, 468.507, 468.515(3) FS. Law Implemented 456.036, 468.515 FS. History–New 9-28-93, Formerly 61F6-51.004, Amended 11-12-95, Formerly 59R-45.004, Amended 5-22-06.

64B8-45.005 Performance of Pro Bono Services.
(1) Up to six (6) hours per biennium of continuing education credit may be fulfilled by the performance of pro bono services to the indigent as provided in Section 456.013(9), F.S., or to underserved populations, or in areas of critical need within the state where the licensee practices.
(2) In order to receive credit under this rule, licensees must make application to the Council and receive approval in advance. One hour credit shall be given for each two hours worked. In the application for approval, licensees shall disclose the type, nature and extent of services to be rendered, the facility where the services will be rendered, the number of patients expected to be serviced, and a statement indicating that the patients to be served are indigent. If the licensee intends to provide services in underserved or critical need areas, the application shall provide a brief explanation as to those facts.
Rulemaking Authority 456.013(9), 468.507 FS. Law Implemented 468.514, 456.013(9) FS. History–New 9-28-93, Amended 2-8-94, Formerly 61F6-51.005, 59R-45.005, Amended 9-26-01, 12-23-01, 6-26-13.

64B8-45.006 Continuing Education on HIV/AIDS.
(1) For the first renewal of licensure, licensees must complete a three hour course on Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) within the 24-month period prior to the expiration date of the license.
(2) Each course on HIV/AIDS shall meet the requirements of Section 456.033, F.S.
(3) Courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Department of Health pursuant to Section 456.033, F.S., are recommended by the Council and approved by the Board.
Specific Authority 456.033 FS. Law Implemented 456.033 FS. History–New 6-12-01, Amended 7-22-02, 1-8-07.