Interested in becoming a dietitian?

There are two educational steps to becoming a registered dietitian - you must meet both academic and practical experience requirements.

Education

The first step is to earn a Bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from a university program that has been accredited by Dietitians of Canada (DC). These programs include a range of subjects such as:

  • basic science (chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology)
  • social sciences and communications
  • profession-related courses, such as food science lifecycle, disease specific, community nutrition and food service management

Your choice of undergraduate program will determine what route you take in order to become registered to practice.

Steps to becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada
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Accredited Undergraduate Programs in Canada

Many universities offer undergraduate programs in dietetic education that have been accredited by Dietitians of Canada.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

University of British Columbia 

ALBERTA

University of Alberta 

SASKATCHEWAN

University of Saskatchewan 

MANITOBA

University of Manitoba 

ONTARIO

Brescia University College (affiliated with The University of Western Ontario)

University of Guelph

Ryerson University

Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa

QUEBEC

McGill University

Université de Montréal

Université Laval

NEW BRUNSWICK

Université de Moncton 

NOVA SCOTIA

Mount Saint Vincent University 

St. Francis Xavier University    

Acadia University

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

University of Prince Edward Island     

Educated Abroad

Educated Outside of Canada? Steps to becoming a registered dietitian in Canada.

Degree not listed here?

Contact a DC-accredited program listed on this page to find out about admission requirements and/or request an assessment of your qualifications for admission.

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