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How to become a dietitian

The requirements for becoming a dietitian include both academic and practical education components.    
 

Education 

The requirement is an accredited 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent.   
You should contact the universities directly to identify their specific application requirements, including pre-requisites. Refer to the Dietitians of Canada website for a list of univerisities with accredited programs.
 
High School Students - should expect that most schools will require high school math, biology and chemistry courses for admission. 
 
Already have a non-dietetics degree?  When you apply to an accredited dietetics program, they will do an assessment of your degree if you are admitted to the program, they will identify what courses can be transferred to this degree. You should expect to spend a minimum of 2 additional years in a dietetics degree program. 
 

Internship/Practicum

Applicants must also complete an accredited internship or practicum. You must meet the academic requirements in order to be eligible for an accredited internship.    
 
There are a variety of options, including programs integrated with the undergraduate degree, post-degree internship programs sponsored by hospitals or other non-academic organizations, post-degree diplomas offered through universities, or Master’s programs that include an accredited practicum.  Refer to the Dietitians of Canada website for more information.
 

Dietetic Technician / Assistants

The College of Dietitians of Ontario does not regulate or register Dietetic Technicians.
 
In many work settings, dietetic technicians or dietetic assistants work under the supervision of a dietitian, and are involved in education, screening, assessment, planning and monitoring of nutrition care for clients at low to moderate risk. They may also assist in menu planning and in the supervision foodservice operations.
 
In Canada, there are no standards for academic training and qualifications for dietetic technicians. Qualifications vary according to the position; however, many organizations require either a 4-year undergraduate degree in human nutrition, or a Community College diploma in foodservices management or the dietetic technician program, along with membership in the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM).
 
Conestoga College offers the only diploma program with a clinical focus for dietetic technicians. 
 

For more information consult these sites:

Programs for foodservices managers

Canadore College (North Bay)
Centennial College (Scarborough)


Questions?

Contact Heena Vyas, Registration Coordinator at heena.vyas@collegeofdietitians.org