Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training

The Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training is a one year professional, post-graduate program for those with an honors degree in Foods and Nutrition within the last three years. This innovative Diploma is a comprehensive program that combines the rich learning experiences of academic courses with extensive practical training to prepare you for a career as a registered dietitian.

The DDEPT admissions process is now complete and our May 2019 cohort of students have been selected. 

How to Apply

What is the Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training Program?
The Diploma in Dietetic Education & Practical Training is a one-year professional, post-graduate program for those with an honors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from a university program accredited by the Partners for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) in Canada (or the U.S. equivalent, an ACEND® – accredited program).

The Diploma is accredited under PDEP and prepares students for registration with a dietetics regulatory body (http://www.pdep.ca).

This innovative program combines the rich learning experiences of academic courses with extensive hands-on practical training to prepare you for a career as a Registered Dietitian.

Admission Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree from dietetic education program accredited under DC/PDEP (or U.S. ACEND) from 2016 or later
  • Minimum GPA of 70% in final two years of accredited program or last 10 full-course equivalents (FCE)
  • No single grade below 60% in any core/required undergraduate, FCE, transfer or distance course
  • Completion of application package
  • Two professional letters of reference
  • Submission of Class G2 driver’s license (or equivalent)
  • In-person multi-mini interview process at Brescia in mid-February for selected applicants
  • English and computer literacy required
Tuition & Fee Information
2018/19 fees were $13,531.68, which includes tuition, ancillary fees, and placement fees. International students are subject to international tuition. See the current fee schedule: http://brescia.uwo.ca/tuition/tuition/ Students are also advised to consider other costs such as accommodation/moving, food, parking, gas, car maintenance, immunizations, accident and liability insurance, phone, professional attire.
Program At a Glance
The Diploma program is divided into two major components:
1. Post-graduate courses—taken prior to the start of practicum placements
2. Practicum placements

1.Orientation (1 Week)
2. Post-Graduate Courses: (4 Weeks)
a) FN 4901Y—Dietetic Simulation Practice
b) FN 4902Y—Regulatory, Legal & Ethical Issues of Dietetic Practice
c) FN 4903Y—Practice-based Dietetic Research
*Progression into the Practicum Placement is dependent upon completion of Pre-Placement courses with an average grade of at least 70% and no grade below 60%

1. Nutrition Care (16 Weeks)
2. Population and Public Health (8 Weeks)
3. Management (8 Weeks)
4. Practice-based Project (8 Weeks)
5. Educational Seminars (2 Weeks)
6. Vacation – late December (2 Weeks)
7. Educational Seminars and Exit Interviews (1 Week)
Total Program Length 50 Weeks

Foods and Nutrition 4901Y Dietetic Simulation Practice

Provides an overview of processes involved in patient care, counselling, nutritional/community assessment, clinical activities for disease conditions, electronic patient records, data systems, clinical interface with food service operations. Simulation exercises engage students in critical thinking, clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision-making, raise awareness and allow the assessment of students competencies to practice.

Foods and Nutrition 4902Y Regulatory, Legal, and Ethical Issues of Dietetic Practice

An exploration of ethical issues, including ethics and critical incidents review boards, current national/international standards/guidelines, legal principles/issues related to informed consent, liability, and regulatory and legal issues related to dietetic practice. Ethical dilemmas and their resolution will provide opportunities for developing competence and judgment skills, attitudes and confidence.

Foods and Nutrition 4903Y Practice-Based Dietetic Research

This course provides interactive, applied learning and skills that students can immediately use for their practice-based projects. Topics include managing references, writing a literature review, designing a survey, facilitating a focus group, developing a research poster and more. Topics will vary according to current assigned projects. Preceptors supervising students in upcoming research placements can arrange to attend this course at no charge.

Foods and Nutrition 4904Y Practicum

Students complete 1400 hours of supervised practice in various organizations and locations. They work on-site or conduct site-related work on a predetermined schedule, typically 35-40 hours per week. Students must successfully complete the practical training demonstrating entry-level competence in all areas of dietetic practice (nutrition care, management, population health and practice-based research), to satisfy the practicum requirements for the diploma.


Learn more:

Thinking of becoming a dietitian?

Check out this handout by the Dietitians of Canada.

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