1. Obtain a Bachelor degree from an accredited undergraduate program in Dietetic Education
The Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition (Dietetics) that meets the guidelines of Dietitians of Canada as an accredited program. Therefore, students enrolled in this program can apply for a Dietetic Internship either after their third year of study (for the integrated Internship Education Program) or after graduation (for the Dietetic Internship through DC Match). In general, the Bachelor degree takes 4 years to complete; if studying full-time each year. Full-time, in this case, requires completing 5 units per year.
2. Apply for a Dietetic Internship ProgramAt Mount Saint Vincent University, the Dietetic Internship Program can be completed via 3 routes:
- Integrated Internship Education Program. Three dietetic internship placements take place in clinical, community, and administrative settings in order to gain experience in each of these areas. In this route, the first internship is normally integrated between the third and fourth years of study and the second and third internships follow the fourth year of study. The order of course sequence may differ for transfer students.
- Post-Degree DC Accredited Dietetic Internship Program. In this route, you apply for an internship through Dietitians of Canada in your final year of study. This program is completed after graduating with a BSc AHN (Dietetics) from Mount Saint Vincent University.
- The Mount’s Graduate Program and Internship Education Program. For students interested in a Master’s of Science in Applied Human Nutrition, they have the option to complete the Internship Education Program along with the Graduate Program.
No matter which route you decide to take, Internship generally takes 40-50 weeks to complete.
3. Register to Practice with a Provincial Regulatory Body
The purpose of a regulatory body is to protect the public’s safety. A dietitian must be registered with a provincial regulatory body in order to practice. Prior to successfully passing the licensing exam, dietitians are issued a temporary license. In Nova Scotia, dietitians are registered under the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association.
4. Write the Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam (CDRE)
This exam is written in the province in which you are planning to practice dietetics. In Nova Scotia, this exam is administered by the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association every November and May. The Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam is a full day, multiple choice exam designed to test practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics.
After these 4 steps are completed successfully, you are eligible to work as a Registered Dietitian in the province in which you are registered!