About Dietitians

Become a Dietitian

  1. Education

You must complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university program.

University of Manitoba > Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

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You will major in human nutritional sciences with courses in:

  • Science
  • Nutrition (introductory and advanced)
  • Food science
  • Management
  • Humanities
  • Statistics
  • Research
  • Communications

You can specialize in one of three main practice areas:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Community nutrition
  • Food service management
  1. Internship

You must complete a minimum of 1250 hours of a Canadian accredited dietetic internship program that allows you to apply your academic knowledge to a variety of nutrition practice settings. You will spend time in areas of:

  • Clinical practice
  • Community practice
  • Food service management

All internship/practicum programs must be supervised by Registered Dietitians. You will also have the opportunity to choose electives to gain experience in your specific area of interest.

  1. Exam

You must pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE), which is administered by the regulatory body in your province.

  1. Registration

To legally practise as a Dietitian, you must register with the regulatory body in the province in which you will work.

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