We accepted 35 students in 2019 and expect to accept a similar number in 2020. We encourage applications from Indigenous students who may self-declare during the application process.
YES, we accept coed graduates of any Canadian accredited dietetic education undergraduate program (or American ACEND-accredited equivalent program) within the last 3 years (2017, 2018, 2019 or expected to graduate by June 2020).
In addition to the minimum academic, work and volunteer experience expected for all practical training programs, the DDEPT program seeks students who demonstrate initiative and are mature, professional and independent. Applicants can describe how they possess these attributes in their cover letter and, if invited, through the in-person multiple mini-interview process.
The program starts in early May and it ends in late April the following year. Note – this does not allow students to work during the summer.
There are 3 cohorts in the DDEPT program: London Health Science, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Ontario-wide. Placements can be anywhere in Ontario or beyond. The Coordinator plans some placements in advance and students can select geographical preferences on their application (London, Hamilton, Windsor, Grey Bruce, Niagara, Greater Toronto Area, and Kingston). Some placements may be planned in consultation with the students, however, all applicants should be prepared to relocate throughout the program as preferred locations cannot be guaranteed.
Students can expect to travel up to 60 minutes to get to a placement and this may include highway driving. Applicants should be comfortable driving anywhere in Ontario before applying to this program. Students unable to drive for a medical reason can submit documentation to be exempt from this requirement.
Students need to be onsite at Brescia in London, Ontario for approximately 6 weeks in May/June for orientation and pre-placement courses, and 1 week in late April for educational seminars and debriefing meetings.
- Level 1 Motivational Interviewing,
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (both are completed at Brescia).
- Students also complete two Dietitians of Canada online courses: Critical Care Nutrition and Population/Public Health Needs Assessment.
2019/20 fees were $11,932.59, 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.
Yes, though according to OSAP rules, the start date of this program is considered a continuation of the previous academic year. During the first 4 months of the program (May-August), only those students who enter the program immediately from the undergraduate program at Brescia and
who received OSAP during the previous school year are eligible. From September – April, more students can qualify for OSAP eligibility. For more information, see https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program
Yes, there are some small bursaries and scholarships available through Brescia and students receive information about these during orientation. Contact Rachel Bruijns, Financial Aid Officer at Brescia for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two professional references from work or volunteer experience are required. Academic references are no longer required, but one academic reference can be substituted for a professional reference if preferred.
In all sectors: hospitals, community health centres, family health teams, Aboriginal health access centres, long-term care, food industry and foodservice management companies.
Vacation time (2 weeks) occurs during the Christmas-New Year break (December 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021). There is no flexibility for vacation at other times during the year.
In rare instances, students will remain in one location throughout the year and may work up to 10 hours/week. More often, students will relocate throughout the year which would make working difficult or impossible.
Projects can be academic research with Brescia faculty in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences or a practice-based project with a dietitian outside of the university. Some examples of previous research projects are:
- Research, develop & test dessert recipes in compliance with PPM 150 for a school board
- 12-week intervention study in a bariatric centre
- Community food literacy needs assessment through focus groups and interviews
- Developing a tool to assess food safety culture/climate in a hospital food-service setting
- Identifying barriers to intake during mealtimes for inpatients in a hospital
- Research and development of a pediatric obesity prevention program
International students are eligible to apply but will need both a valid post-graduate work permit and study visa. If offered a position in the DDEPT program, candidates should apply for a post-graduate work permit as soon as the undergrad degree is completed. The work permit is required to participate in the practicum portion of the program.
International students are encouraged to contact Western’s International & Exchange Student Centre as a resource for this and other international student related questions https://www.uwo.ca/international/iesc/about_us/index.html
It is a Western University post-graduate diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training.
Yes, current students and graduates of the program are willing to respond to student inquiries:
London Health Sciences Cohort:
Hamilton Health Sciences Cohort:
Still have questions?
Contact one of our Dietetic Education Coordinators:
Lesley Macaskill MHSc, P.H.Ec., RD
(519) 432-8353 ext. 28065
Joy Hoard, RD, MSc-HSED
(519-432-8353 ext 28154
Kathy MacKay, RD, MSc
BUC UH 107
(519) 432-8353 ext. 28257
Hamilton Health Sciences Cohort
Helen Toews, MSc, RD
905-527-4322 ext 44923