Brescia University College and London Health Sciences Centre pen collaboration agreement for dietetic practicum program

May 9, 2019

London, ON – A collaboration agreement has been finalized between Brescia University College and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), which allows students in Brescia’s accredited post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training (DDEPT) to complete a portion of their year-long practical education at LHSC, effective spring 2019.

“With this agreement, Brescia and London Health Science Centre are demonstrating their commitment to working together to help educate and develop highly-skilled, trained and well-rounded graduates,” says Dr. Paula Dworatzek, Chair of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia. “We are proud to have a long-standing relationship with London Health Sciences Centre, and are confident that this new collaboration will not only prepare our students to succeed as Registered Dietitians, but will also benefit and amplify the research connections and possibilities between our two institutions.”

“Formalizing our collaborative relationship in clinical nutrition with Brescia was a natural fit as we have a shared vision to develop practice-ready graduates,” says Carol Young-Ritchie, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at LHSC. “Dietetic students completing a practicum at LHSC will have the opportunity to experience all of the required competencies while still in a supported learning environment, building both the confidence and readiness needed to perform independently once they graduate into practice as Registered Dietitians. We look forward to working closely with Brescia as we welcome the next cohort of dietetic students to LHSC.”

The partnership will allow eight Brescia students to complete a portion of their practical education at LHSC per academic year.

Brescia’s DDEPT program is a one-year professional, post-degree program. It combines Brescia’s academic courses with practical training in research, clinical, community and management settings to prepare students for a career as a Registered Dietitian.

LHSC has a 56-year history of supporting dietetic education through its Dietetic Internship Program and the dietetic students from Brescia will draw from that rich legacy as they become practice-ready. This agreement not only strengthens our longstanding academic linkage with Brescia, it reinforces the hospital’s broader commitment to delivering high-quality learning experiences across all facets of health-care disciplines.

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Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,500 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room, at .

London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 144 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 70 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit