NSDA Update Fall 2018

New Assessment Process for Internationally Educated Dietitians

A new assessment process is being used to determine whether internationally educated dietitians (IEDs) have the knowledge, skills and abilities substantially equivalent to expectations of Canadian graduates. NSDA has adopted the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s prior learning assessment for IEDs applying to NSDA.  

The assessment assesses the IED’s knowledge, skills and abilities acquired from their education and work experience.  The assessment is divided into two components:  the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT) and Practice-based Assessment (PBA).  There is also a self-assessment, called the Orientation and Self-assessment Tool (OSAT), that provides a comprehensive overview of dietetics in Canada.  The KCAT assesses whether an IED has the foundational knowledge substantially equivalent to entry-to-practice education standards.  Depending on the IED’s score, they may progress to complete the PBA, apply to a bridging program or explore other educational or career options.  The PBA is a written and oral exam that determines whether the IED is practice-ready.  Upon the pass of the PBA, the IED is eligible for a temporary membership and take the next sitting of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE). 

The KCAT and PBA are offered in Toronto, but NSDA has also made the assessments available to IEDs in Nova Scotia.  In May 2018, the KCAT was offered in Nova Scotia.  The PBA will be offered in November 2018.  More information about the Pathway to Licensure for IEDs is on the NSDA website.