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The Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training (DDEPT) is a one year professional, post-graduate program which is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).

Although Brescia University College is housed at a women’s university, the DDEPT program welcomes all genders to apply.

Are you considering applying for the 2023 academic term?
Find out if you're eligible below.

Applications will open on November 14, 2022, and close on Monday January 16, 2023, 4 pm EST (firm deadline).

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Admission Requirements 

  • Undergraduate degree from a dietetic education program accredited under DC/PDEP (or U.S. ACEND) from 2020* or later. Students must sucessfully complete their accredited undergraduate degree before the program start date of May each year. 
  • Minimum GPA of 70% in final two years of accredited program or last 10 full-course equivalents (FCE) 
  • Completion of application package and all online components 
  • Contact information for two professional referees 
  • English and computer literacy required 

In addition to the above requirements, students accepted to this program must have access to reliable transportation to get to placements, including places where public transit may not be available.

If you graduated from a Canadian PDEP accredited Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics program more than 3 years ago you have 2 options to demonstrate that your knowledge is current to become eligible to apply:

1. Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool. KCAT

2. Upgrade core upper year courses at Brescia. Contact us for more information at

Practicum Student Additional Requirements 

Practicum students are required to have several health and non-health requirements in preparation for the practicum portion of their program, including (but not limited to) immunizations, police checks, professional membership, insurances, and learning. Details will be supplied to those accepted to the program. Additionally, all Western University, including Brescia University College students, are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 prior to the beginning of their program. Any student with a bona fide medical contraindication to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, or any other vaccine, shall notify a Brescia Dietetic Education Coordinator ( prior to application to the program to consider your eligibility for the dietetic practicum, based on our practicum partner requirements. 

International Applicants

International students who completed an accredited undergraduate degree in Canada or the United States 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 undergraduate degree is completed.  The work permit is required to participate in the practicum portion of the program.   

International applicants who completed a dietetics degree or practised as a dietitian outside of Canada, Australia or the United States have two ways to become eligible to apply:

1. Complete a Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (or equivalent) from a program which is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) in Canada or by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics in the U.S. See  or  for a complete list of accredited undergraduate Foods and Nutrition programs.  To inquire about completing your degree at Brescia, contact one of our undergraduate Admission Officers at . The Brescia Undergraduate Admissions Officers would be able to guide you on acceptance eligibility as well as the possibility for transfer credit, based on applicable past university course work.


2. Complete the College of Dietitians of Ontario Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT) as part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process and achieve a Level I Result.  If a Level II result is achieved:

a) retake the KCAT after additional self-study to achieve a Level 1 result, or

b) contact us about enrolling at Brescia to complete the accredited Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate degree with advanced standing. 

International students are encouraged to contact Western’s International & Exchange Student Centre as a resource for this and other international student related questions . 

US Students

If you graduated from a US ACEND-accredited Foods and Nutrition/Dietetics program:

A signed ACEND® verification statement confirming the completion of all program requirements is required with your application.

Applicants still need to meet all other program admission requirements as stated on the Brescia website, and the admission committee will further review transcripts for eligibility.