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

Accredited university programs in Canada > Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP)

NOTE: Existing PDEP accreditation awards will continue to be recognized by Canadian dietetic regulatory bodies as approved programs for the purposes of registration until August 31, 2023.

EQual, a division of Accreditation Canada, is now responsible for providing education accreditation services for dietetic education programs in Canada for the purposes of program approval leading to registration with a dietetic regulatory body.

You will major in human nutritional sciences with courses in:

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

There are 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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