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ATAR for dietetics – your guide to the ATAR for every dietetics course in Australia in 2019

Careers and University, Dietetics

There are courses in dietetics offered at universities in every Australian state and territory apart from Tasmania and the Northern Territory. It is important that you select a course that is accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia if you would like to become a dietitian. There are undergraduate and postgraduate pathways available in Australia which will lead to a qualification as a dietitian.

The ways to become a dietitian in Australia are:

  • Complete an undergraduate dietetics degree – these are generally 4 years
  • Complete an undergraduate degree with the appropriate pre-requisite subjects in a discipline such as nutrition science, health sciences, science, or human nutrition and apply for and complete the masters of dietetics program at the same university
  • Complete an undergraduate degree with the appropriate pre-requisite subjects in a discipline such as nutrition science, health sciences, science, or human nutrition and apply for and complete the masters of dietetics program at a different university

Undergraduate entry into dietetics

For entry into dietetics courses starting in 2019 the ATAR ranged from 70 to 97. Following is a guide to the ATAR scores for every dietetics course in Australia in 2019:

 

As well as your ATAR, different universities may have entry requirements including the following:

  • pre-requisite subjects such as mathematics, biology or chemistry
  • a police check
  • a working with children check
  • the completion of first aid training before starting the course
  • health checks and immunisations

If you don’t gain entry into dietetics 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.

Undergraduate entry into a science discipline with a master of dietetics at the same university

It is extremely important that you select your undergraduate degree and electives carefully to make sure that you will have completed the pre-requisite subjects to be able to apply for dietetics masters programs. Following is a guide to the ATAR scores for a range of undergraduate health and science degrees you can enter and then apply for and complete a masters degree at the same university to become a qualified dietitian.

As well as your Grade Point Average, different universities may have entry requirements including the following:

  • pre-requisite subjects such as mathematics, biology or chemistry
  • a police check
  • a working with children check
  • the completion of first aid training before starting the course
  • health checks and immunisations

Graduate entry into a master of dietetics program following an undergraduate health or science degree

It is extremely important that you select your undergraduate degree and electives carefully to make sure that you will have completed the pre-requisite subjects to be able to apply for dietetics masters programs. Following is a list of universities which offer a master of dietetics program which you can complete to become a qualified dietitian.

As well as your Grade Point Average, different universities may have entry requirements including the following:

  • pre-requisite subjects such as mathematics, biology or chemistry
  • a police check
  • a working with children check
  • the completion of first aid training before starting the course
  • health checks and immunisations

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.

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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