ATAR to become a dietitian – a guide to every dietetics course in Australia

There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian. Currently, there are a total of seven undergraduate courses to become a qualified dietitian upon course completion across Australia. About 13 courses however, offers an undergraduate health science or nutrition degree followed by a Master of Dietetics at the same university. For entry into a dietetics course commencing in 2018, the ATAR ranged from 56.00 – 98.00. There are currently no dietetics courses in Tasmania and Northern Territory.

The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2018. Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years as it changes from year to year depending on the applications each university receives, and that some universities will also have additional selection criteria to gain entry.

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If you don’t gain entry directly following high school, some universities will allow you to transfer into their undergraduate dietetics degree following a year in one of their other undergraduate degrees – for example a science degree. This will be dependent on your Grade Point Average in your first year subjects and could also involve other admission requirements. You ATAR / OP may also be considered. Please speak with an admissions officer at the universities you are considering applying for to see if this pathway may be available to you.

The following table shows the ATAR or OP you would need to gain entry into the initial nutrition / health / biomedical science degree to start the process of becoming a dietitian. It is possible to apply for a Master of Dietetics at a different university than that which you complete an undergraduate degree, but you will need to have completed the appropriate pre-requisite subjects.

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There is a postgraduate pathway that is available at 11 universities around Australia. They require an undergraduate degree, some with some universities having specific pre-requisite subject and other requirements which they publish on their website.

Following is a more simplified table of universities which offer a master of dietetics:

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Following is an infographic which provides an overview of the pathways to becoming qualified as a dietetics in Australia. For simplicity, it does not include the possibility of transferring into dietetics from another course. For more information, go to our become a dietitian page.

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Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you. Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a postgraduate course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of the Australian Podiatry Association, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.

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