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gerystuart
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14/04/2020 8:56 pm  

Hi,
It's time for me to really think about what undergrad degree I'm going to work towards. But the university where I'm going cancelled their dietetics degree program They do still have a Nutrition program. So, what I want to know is that Is there any significant difference between a nutrition or dietetics degree? Could I still become a dietician with a nutrition degree?


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kamrinjacobs
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14/04/2020 9:12 pm  

What is the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
* The title "Registered Dietitian", "Professional Dietitian", and "Dietitian" are protected by law -- through provincial legislation -- so that only qualified practitioners who have met education qualifications can use that title.
* Dietitians who have met national standards for education and training and who are members of the provincial regulatory bodies can use one of the following designations -- RD, PDt or RDt (or the French equivalent Dt.P.).
* A dietitian is a health professional who has a Bachelor's degree, specializing in foods and nutrition, as well as a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting. Many dietitians further their knowledge by pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree.
* Dietitians are members of a provincially regulated profession that has Public Protection as their mandate. Dietitians are held accountable for their conduct and the care they provide.
* The term Nutritionist is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can all themselves a "Nutritionist". The title "Nutritionist" is protected for Dietitians in some provinces and dietitians do use the title "nutritionists". As the term "nutritionist' is not a protected title in some provinces, you should contact your provincial regulatory body to ensure that you are receiving services from a dietitian.
* A variety of titles have been used by unqualified people to describe their involvement in nutrition related practice. Many use the term "registered" with a variation of "nutrition" as a title. You should be careful to ensure that the person is a qualified nutrition professional. If you are seeking the services of a consulting dietitian, use the Find a Dietitian database on the DC public web site to obtain a list of private practice Dietitians in your area.
* Typically dietitians working in a hospital or health care institution will have a job title that uses the term "dietitian" and will focus on clinical care of the patient or manage the food service. Dietitians working in community settings will typically have a job title that uses "nutritionist" and focus on healthy eating and wellness at various stages of the lifecycle.


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liftsiron
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14/04/2020 9:33 pm  

Re: What is the difference between a nutrition and a dietetics degree? You would have to look into your states regulation in some stares you can become a Registered Dietitian with a proper degree in nutrition.

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Hi,
It's time for me to really think about what undergrad degree I'm going to work towards. But the university where I'm going cancelled their dietetics degree program They do still have a Nutrition program. So, what I want to know is that Is there any significant difference between a nutrition or dietetics degree? Could I still become a dietician with a nutrition degree?

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Magnesium
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14/04/2020 9:57 pm  

Your school should have a description of the two and a list of classes you could compare. Usually it's the same thing and some schools just combine the two terms into one degree.


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