What is a Dietitian

Dietitians provide nutrition care along the entire continuum of life – from before conception to the end of life. Dietitians actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of British Columbians and are essential members of interprofessional healthcare teams.

Dietitians are known for:

  • assessing nutritional needs of individuals and groups
  • using a client-centered approach 
  • designing, implementing and monitoring nutritional care plans and medical nutrition therapy based on current and relevant scientific, medical and nutrition information
  • disseminating relevant scientific information about food and human nutrition to promote health and assist individuals, groups and communities attain, restore or maintain health
  • managing quality food service operations in healthcare institutions, education facilities, and government agencies

Dietitians work in a variety of work setting such as hospitals, community health centers, government office and food industries.

Education and Training

Dietitians in BC:

  • have, at minimum, completed a four year bachelors degree of recognized university level education in dietetics.
  • have completed a 10 month (~1300 hr) dietetic practicum in acute clinical nutrition care, population & public health nutrition and nutrition management.
  • have completed their education from a national accredited program to ensure that they meet the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice.
  • Only accredited programs are approved by the Board and are embedded in legislation

Nutritionists, holistic nutritionists, nutrition counsellors and other diet coaches are under no obligation to meet enforceable education and training standards in British Columbia.