dietitian in ghana
By - Prince Yalley Abban , RD

How to Become A Registered Dietitian in Ghana : A Step by Step Guide

       Becoming A Dietitian In Ghana

Many of my friends looked at me with surprise when I told them I was a dietetic intern and  that I would be a registered dietitian (RD) soon after successfully writing the licensure exams.

The  followup question was, did you school in Ghana? I always answered in the affirmative. I have had all my education in Ghana. Hopefully I would do further studies away from home.

If you are interested in a career in nutrition and dietetics ,then this article is for you. If you are not interested, this article might as well be very helpful for your brother , friend or even your course mate who has a first degree in biology ,nutrition, consumer science or any biological science programme.

 Frequently Asked Questions ?

a. How do you become a dietitian in Ghana?

b. What is the duration of study of the programme?

c. Which institutions offer this programme?

Well let us start by getting to know the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist.

Difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist

The title “Dietitian ” is regulated globally , meaning not everyone can call themselves one. In some countries ,the title “Nutritionist ” is not regulated , hence anyone can call him or herself a nutritionist. Be reminded that  Registered Nutritionist have gone through an accredited nutrition course.

A dietitian is a nutritionist but a nutritionist is not a dietitian

Dietitians counsel people to make plans to meet their nutritional needs. People with illnesses or health conditions or those who are trying to lose weight or meet fitness goals may seek out dietitians for help in modifying a diet to improve their health.

Registered dietitians can work independently or as part of a health care team. They may also work in the food production industry or help create public health policy.

What kind of training is required to become a registered dietitian?

There are only two (2 ) routes that you can take to be a dietitian; It is either a four (4) year Bachelor of Science Degree  in Nutrition and Dietetics  ( What I did !)  or a two-year Post Graduate MSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics.

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement to become a dietitian, some people decide to earn a master’s degree instead. This option would appeal to a student who is already an RD but would like advanced training, or someone who has a bachelor’s degree in another area of study and would like to become a registered dietitian.

The minimum educational requirement for becoming a registered dietitian (RD) is a bachelor’s degree.

FYI : You would have to undergo a year-long  mandatory dietetic internship after graduating with a BSc. or an MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Prospective RDs must complete an internship after they graduate. Interns are matched to clinical facilities and work under the supervision of experienced professionals for a year. At the completion of their internship, prospective dietitians are required  to take the Professional certification examination offered by the Allied Health Professional Council.

RDs maintain their status by completing continuing professional education requirements. This designation indicates to prospective employers that job candidates have met certain qualifications.

How long does it take to become a dietitian?

Becoming a registered dietitian can take five years, including four years to complete a bachelor’s degree and one more year to complete an internship .

NB: On the other hand it can take 3 years , including two years to complete a master’s degree and one year to complete an internship

If you would like to gain the necessary education to become a registered dietitian, I highly recommend that you read further.

Which Universities offer Nutrition and Dietetics programme in Ghana?

Universities that offer a programme in Nutrition and Dietetics

University of Ghana ,Legon

University of Health and Allied Health Sciences , Ho

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

University of Cape Coast

The University of Ghana was the first institution to commence an Mphil and MSc. programme in Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2007 , Legon   again commenced a Bachelor of Science Nutrition and Dietetics programme.

In 2012 University of Health and Allied Health Sciences (UHAS) commenced the Bachelor of Science programme in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Knust also offers a post-graduate degree in the same programme.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

For a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics you must  have had a science background in high school .Electives required are Chemistry, Biology ,Elective Mathematics and Physics.

For a post-graduate applicant you must have a bachelor’s  degree in a science related programme; Consumer Science, Nutrition, Botany ,Food and Nutrition etc. The programme is an intensive one with coursework and clinical practicum. You must be a full-time student !!!

If you are just interested in broadening your scope and reading  on nutrition but not  formally taking up a career as a dietitian, you can still read further and share with colleagues who may have the interest.

PROSPECTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

How can I find a job as a dietitian ?

Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of workplace settings, including:

1. Public Hospital                                           6. Private Practice

2. Academia                                                    7. Sport and Fitness Gyms

3. Cancer Care Centres                                 8. Hotels and Foodservice

4. Retail pharmacies                                      9. Surgery clinics

5. Public health agencies                              10. NGOs                   

Registered dietitians (RDs) can take many different career paths.

A small percentage of dietitians work independently in Ghana, but most work in hospitals as part of a health care team. Some work in hospitals providing medical nutrition therapy to the sick and injured.

You can seek open positions in these types of settings, and the professional contacts you make through your internship experience may be a good resource for information on job openings.

Though a growing profession in Ghana, RDs are respected globally for playing a large part in helping people make the important nutritional changes that improve their health and quality of life now and in the future.

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62 thoughts on “How to Become A Registered Dietitian in Ghana : A Step by Step Guide

Maria Josepha August 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Prince, kindly note that the University for Development Studies in Tamale also has a Community Nutrition Program.

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    Prince Yalley August 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Hello Maria, thank you for reading and sharing with all readers.
    I wanted to limit the article to institutions that has Dietetics programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate hence the reason for excluding the Community Nutrition Program at UDS in the list.

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Dairo September 29, 2018 at 6:59 am

Hello prince,are dietetics intern in Ghana paid?

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    Prince Yalley September 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Hello Dairo, dietetics interns in Ghana are paid as part of their national service. Ghanaian students who graduate from accredited tertiary institutions are required under law to do a one-year national service to the country.All dietetics interns in Ghana register for the national service and also send assessment report to the Allied Health Professional Council to confirm their enrollment in the internship.So in a nutshell to be paid as a dietetic intern in Ghana one needs to register as a national service person to get paid by the government or their facility.

    Thanks for visiting our blog.

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      Isha Mohammed November 22, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Pls I did food and nutrition in shs so can I offer dietetic in university

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        Prince Yalley November 26, 2018 at 7:07 pm

        Hello Isha thanks for reading. You can study dietetics in the University provided you had chemistry and biology as part of your electives.
        If you need further clarification please don’t hesitate to send us an email. Thank you

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          Prince Elinam January 18, 2019 at 3:34 pm

          So please does it mean home economics students who have their electives as E biology , management in living, GKA and foods and nutrition can’t offer dietetics in the University?

          Prince Yalley January 19, 2019 at 4:31 am

          Hello Prince , we would have to confirm the current admission requirements from the various Universities.

      Ida Quarm September 2, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Prince, dieticians who went through the option of doing a masters degree would have done national service after their undergraduate degree. Will they have to register for NSS again? If not how will they be paid??

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        dietcareghana editor October 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

        The internship is mandatory. However, for those who did undergraduate studies they do the internship and it is considered as their national service as well.

        Individuals who take the postgraduate route would be required to do the internship after their studies although they have done national service.

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          Prince Yalley Abban , RD December 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm

          The internship is mandatory for dietetics graduates before they can sit for the licensure exams

Martin Manye December 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

I hold BSC in Marketing and want a short diploma course in Nutrition & Dietetics to enable me operate a Nutrition Centre

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    Prince Yalley December 14, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Hello Martin , thanks for visiting our blog. There is currently no available short courses for Nutrition and Dietetics in Ghana. The routes to becoming a dietitian is either an undergraduate degree or a masters degree.

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Gifty January 3, 2019 at 10:18 pm

Hello
I did Bachelor of education food and nutrition. How can I become dietitian?

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    Prince Yalley January 5, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Hello Gifty, this would depend on the electives you took for your undergraduate programme. Kindly send us an email for further information. Thank you

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      Mona July 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      So please which electives should you select

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        Prince Yalley Abban , RD August 9, 2019 at 5:28 pm

        The electives are those that apply to a student with a general science background or home economics. Kindly check the respective institutions for the admission requirements.

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        Joana February 17, 2020 at 10:21 am

        Please am Joana I did home economics in the she level can I apply for dietetic at University of Cape cost ? My electives are Biology , food and nutrition , management and general knowledge in art

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          Prince Yalley Abban , RD June 1, 2020 at 11:44 am

          Hello Joana, kindly check the admission requirements at the respective universities to confirm

Akua January 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Hi Prince, i have sent you an email on my enquiry. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Consumer Science from University of Ghana, is there a part-time course i can take or it has to a full time course.

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    Prince Yalley January 18, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Hello Akua, Thanks for visiting our blog . Kindly check your email a response has been sent about your enquiry.

    Thank you

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Nuku Bae February 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Hi thanks for the writeup. How much will it cost me to be a dietician.

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD February 12, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks Nuku. Well, with regards to fees for dietetics education in Ghana it largely depends on the route you are taking. That is if you are enrolling as a graduate student or at the undergraduate level.
    You would have to check with the various institutions to confirm the current fees.

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      Joycelyn Tetteh March 2, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Please I offered home economics at secondary school but I fail my maths. Am doing catering certificates at koforiadua Technical university can I apply for Dietitian and nutritionist when I finished my catering certificate Course ?

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        Prince Yalley Abban , RD March 12, 2019 at 4:07 pm

        Hello Joycelyn , I am sure it is possible to pursue dietetics with your background in home economics.The electives you took as part of your study in Senior High School would be considered. I would advise that you rewrite the mathematics paper since that is a requirement as part of the elective courses. Kindly visit the respective institutions to make further enquiries about requirements and cut off points.

        Thanks

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Nsoh May 5, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Hello Prince, thank you for such an insightful write-up. How are dietetics intern with MSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics paid??
If an individual studied Bed Home Economics and graduated with a third class, can they pursue MSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics??

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD May 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Hello Nsoh, thanks for visiting our blog. Dietetic interns with Msc. are not paid. However dietetic interns with Bsc. are paid (nss allowance) since the internship is considered as national service . With regards to the admission requirements for Msc., it varies across institutions. I would advise you visit the school’s website for information about admission requirement or visit the school to get first hand information from the dietetics department.

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Akua June 9, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Hey Prince I did food and nutrition and biology can I become a dietitian

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD June 10, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Hello Akua, thanks for visiting my blog. Yes with your background you can pursue dietetics , however I would advise
    you check the admission requirements of the respective institutions

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Victoria June 19, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Pls is there a high demand of dietians in Ghana?

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Emma July 1, 2019 at 12:07 am

I have a degree in early childhood education.can I enroll in the maters programme to become a registered dietician

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD July 16, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Hello Emma ,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Unfortunately the Masters programme requires that applicants should have a bachelors degree in nutrition, dietetics ,consume sciences or any other related biological science programme

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Emma July 25, 2019 at 9:13 pm

OK with regards to this what am I supposed to do because I want to become a dietitian in the nearest future.so I need Ur advice or Ur assistance on this so I know the steps to take pls.thanks

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD August 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Kindly check the admission requirements for the respective institutions. You can as well visit the institution to confirm your eligibility to pursue a masters.

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Abiba August 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Hello Prince,i have an accounting background.first degree in integrated Business Studies and i want to become a dietitian. please is it possible?

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Deborah August 24, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Pls can I have Msc in dietetics abroad after I’m done with my degree in consumer science??

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    dietcareghana editor August 27, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Yes this is possible. However, it would also depend on the admission requirements of the University you are applying to.

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Gladys Neequaye November 7, 2019 at 10:27 am

Hi, please can i admitted to do diabetics although I offered Family and Child Studies a specialisation in Family and Consumer Sciences. Very nice article. Thank you.

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD December 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Yes it is possible to pursue a Masters in Dietetics with a degree in Consumer Science.

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      Gladys Neequaye January 31, 2020 at 3:03 am

      Thanks very much for your reply. I was sceptical that it wouldn’t be possible because of my electives as a Family and Child Studies Major. Thks very much for the assurance.

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Sandra Acquah November 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

I did Home Economics in shs and my electives we’re food and nutrition,management in living, GKA can I be a dietician

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD December 11, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Hello Sandra, this would depend on the admission requirements of the institution you are applying to. I would advise you confirm to know the current admission requirements pertaining to your shs background. That would be helpful

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PHILOMENA AMOESI November 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm

VERY EDUCATIVE, I’M READING BSC. CLINICAL NUTRITION AND DIETETICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST. THANK YOU.

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD December 11, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for visiting our site

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Alberta Ofosuaa Nyarko December 20, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Good afternoon
please are there any specialisations for dietitians? like a pediatric dietitia

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Imoro Issahaka December 29, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Pls is it possible to become a dietician with my diploma in nutrition

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Kwaku Chartey January 5, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Hi prince, Thanks for the article
Please are you going to search for your own job as and RD or you’ll be posted after your internship. And also what is the average monthly salary of a dietician(RD).

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Nyame Faustina January 8, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Please Prince I am a health Promotion officer and would like to be a Dietician. I did dietetic 1&2 at college

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD January 25, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Hello Faustina, kindly confirm from the Dietetics departments of the various universities to know their requirements in your case.

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Sonia Danquah January 10, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Thank you very much for the article.

Please I am offering nutrition and food science currently in the university of Ghana but I want to become a dietician so after I graduate what do I have to do.

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD January 25, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    After your undergraduate studies, you can apply to pursue Msc. Dietetics. Kindly read the article again , it has all the information.

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Abubakar Nuriyatu February 26, 2020 at 10:11 am

Hello Prince ,I hold diploma in basic education with home economics as my elective .Do I qualify to study dietetics in the university?

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD June 1, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Hello Abubakar, kindly check the admission requirements of the respective universities to confirm.

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tracy boateng June 1, 2020 at 11:22 am

Prince please am in the university of ghana reading political science, i actually read home economics at shs, my elective was biology , food and nutrition , and gka. but unfortunately i was offered political science while i choose nutrition . so i would like to know if i can still offer this course in a post graduate program

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD June 1, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Hello Tracy, kindly check the admission requirements at the respective universities to confirm.

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Grace June 6, 2020 at 10:22 am

Please, I’m offering bsc home economics at uew. What should I do after completing sch because I want to become a dietician

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Muhas June 8, 2020 at 8:32 pm

I’m a Nigerian, and I have B. sc in nutrition and dietetic. I wish to apply for my second degree in ghana. Is there any special requirement for non citizens who want to apply for INTERNSHIP?

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD June 8, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Kindly enquire more about the internship from the Allied Health Professions Council website.

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Florence obeng July 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm

I DID home economics in Shs AND now with HND in HOSPITALITY. I want to BECOME a DIETITIAN . pls can I get ADMISSION.

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    Prince Yalley Abban , RD August 6, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Kindly contact the respective institutions and enquire about the admission requirements.

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Mwinyogle Bryan July 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

I offered home economics can I be come a diatitian

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Rowley Boakye August 28, 2020 at 1:06 am

1. Please how can a registered nurse and midwife be a nutritionist
2. Which facilities TrAin a registered nutritionist in Ghana

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