Mount Saint Vincent University Department (MSVU) of Applied Human Nutrition (AHN) collaborates with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA) to evaluate and bridge eligible internationally educated dietitian candidates to become licensed to practice dietetics in Canada.

For more information, interested candidates should refer to the NSDA webpage on international applications and the NSDA Pathway to Licensure.

Summary of steps:

Optional Step: Orientation and Self-Assessment (OSAT) – (

Complete the Canadian Dietetic Practice Orientation and Self-Assessment Tool to compare your knowledge and skills to the Canadian dietetic practice standards.

Step 1: Evaluations for Immigration – World Education Services (

Obtain a Comprehensive Course by Course Report through World Education Services (WES) and have the results sent directly to NSDA.

Step 2: Application Page – Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (

Apply to NSDA to complete the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process, which is comprised of the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT) and the Performance Based Assessment (PBA).

Step 3: Complete the KCAT – KCAT Preparation Guide (

If upgrading or bridging course work is required, it can be completed at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) or another approved educational institution. Candidates registering with MSVU must meet university language requirements.

MSVU offers two university credit courses NUTR 4460 & 4461 specifically designed to introduce candidates to the cultural context of dietetics in Canada. Candidates will examine cultural differences and similarities, meet Canadian dietitians, and gain important skills which will assist them in integrating into and understanding Canadian dietetic practice. These courses are available via distance.

The IED bridging process is multi-step. All successful applicants must first enroll in ten 0.5 credit university courses as recommended by the AHN-IED team. Upon successful completion  of coursework (minimum B- grade) the candidate may apply for dietetic internship. Not all IED candidates  who have completed the ten 0.5 credits will secure a practicum experience  in their bridging process.

To be considered for the practicum experience, the following components will be required and evaluated:

  • language requirement at the university is 6.5 (Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) language requirement is 7.0)
  • 10 courses required (5 credits) with a minimum grade of B-
  • faculty feedback
  • interview
  • external reference
  • written challenge
  • engagement and professional activities (Socialization into the profession and development of language skills)
  • academic transcripts

Candidates successfully completing all required bridging/upgrading requirements will be considered for practicum placement. Prior to practicum placement candidates will complete a pre-practicum evaluation to confirm readiness for placement. All candidates register for and follow the MSVU internship program although specific requirements may be modified to meet the individual needs of the candidate. Candidates are placed in approved practicum settings and supervised by a MSVU faculty advisor.

Step 4:

Apply for temporary registration with NSDA and write the Canadian Dietetics Registration Examination (CDRE) within 3 years of passing PBA.

Learn more:

For an overview of the development of our process – Sustainable Dietetics Bridging Program