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Brescia University College is committed to improving equity, diversity and inclusion in our admissions process.  To help us achieve this goal, we have made changes to the admissions process to minimize conscious and unconscious bias.  Members of the Admissions Committee will be blinded to the identification of applicants for the initial stages of the application process. 

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

Want to learn more about DDEPT and the application process? Please view our recorded webinar: https://youtu.be/PvL6yg9Kz6o 

Hear our current students' perspectives on our MScFN & DDEPT programs! Check out the recording of our virtual panel webinar with current students:  https://youtu.be/yngz4ZnaJlg

Application Process

The details for all steps are outlined below. Please take the time to read the information  thoroughly prior to beginning the application. 

Use this Application Checklist in conjunction with this webpage to ensure you don't miss any steps! 

The application process for this program includes 3 steps.
Step 1: Payment, Contact Information, Document Upload 
Step 2: CASPER online assessment
Step 3: Online Western Learning (OWL) Applicant Profile

Steps 1, 2, and 3 must be completed prior to the January 16th, 2023 (4 pm EST) deadline. These three steps do not need to be completed in order, however, please ensure you are using the same email address and name throughout. 

PLEASE NOTE: from December 23 (noon), 2022 to January 09 (8:30 a.m.), 2023, Brescia University College is closed, and staff will not be available to answer any questions during this period. 

Step 1: Payment, Contact Information & Document Upload
  1. Confirmation of Completion of PDEP-Accredited Program Form – this form will be provided by your university and must be signed by your accredited undergraduate dietetics education university program administration.  For U.S. applicants, submit an ACEND Verification Form signed by your undergraduate dietetics education university program administration.
  2. Unofficial Academic Transcripts – include transcripts for your accredited undergraduate dietetics degree.  This includes transcripts from any post-secondary school from which credits were applied to your dietetics degree.  Current students must ensure to upload transcripts once December 2022 grades have been added to the transcript and before the application deadline.  Official transcripts are not required at this time.  Candidates who are offered and accept admission to the program will be required to submit official transcripts in March/April 2023.  KCAT results must also be uploaded if applicable.  
  3. Demonstrated English Language Proficiency Testing Results (if required). Note: if English is your first language, you are exempt from this requirement.  Applicants are also exempt from this requirement if they submit proof that they have been enrolled for 2 or more years of full-time undergraduate or graduate study in an English-speaking school in a country where English is the principal language. 
  4. Payment – The 2023 application fee is payable online through the application portal. (The fee in 2022 was $75.00)
Step 2: CASPER, an online assessment of non-cognitive skills  

For the 2023 admissions cycle, all applicants to the DDEPT program must complete an online assessment of non-cognitive skills. The assessment tool we will be using is called CASPER, a situational judgement test that assesses non-academic competencies of candidates. By implementing CASPER, we aim to enhance the fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

The cost of CASPER for applicants is a one-time set-up fee of $40 plus an additional $16 distribution fee for each program application. To clarify, students applying to the DDEPT program and other programs that require CASPER testing will pay the $40 only once, and the $16 distribution fee for each program to which they apply.
The CASPER assessment will take you 75-90 minutes to complete. 

Test dates are as follows:  
November 24, 2022, 5:00 pm EST
December 8, 2022, 5:00 pm EST

January 10, 2023, 8:00 pm EST

Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPER test.  Applicants who fail to complete the CASPER test during one of these dates will be ineligible for admission.  

IMPORTANT: Applicants must ensure they register at least 3 days before their preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended and might not be accommodated.

Access www.TakeAltus.com to self-register and for more information.  Please ensure you register for 'Altus Suite for Canadian Professional Health Sciences (CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences)'. 

Additional information on CASPER is available at the following website: https://takeCASPer.com/about-CASPer/  

For a more detailed look at the CASPER test, please see this video. 

Step 3: Online Western Learning (OWL) Profile 

To gain access to the Online Western Learning (OWL) platform, please complete the following between Monday November 14 and 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday December 22:

  1. Send an email to FNSgrad@uwo.ca
  2. Subject heading: OWL Application Access
  3. In the body of the email, include your name and confirm that you are applying to the DDEPT program.

You will receive an invitation by email within 48 (business) hours with instructions on how to access the site.

Please note: requests sent between December 23, 2022 and January 8, 2023 will not be answered until January 9, 2023.

Once you have accessed the OWL site, there are 2 parts to completing this profile:

Part 1- Declarations & Locations Preferences

Part 1 includes attestation regarding ability to drive, and COVID vaccination status.

You will also be asked to select 3 locations in order of preference to assist with future placement planning.

Locations include:

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)
London Region (not including LHSC)
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)
Hamilton/Niagara region (not including HHS)
Eastern Ontario: Belleville/Kingston/Brockville
Owen Sound/Bruce-Grey Regions
Huron-Perth/rural communities

Part 2 - Résumé Information & Application Questions, and References

In this section, you will provide details about your work, volunteer, other educational experiences and accomplishments that have prepared you for a practicum.  We will be looking for details including organization, role, key accomplishments and total number of hours for volunteer and work experiences.  

Applicants will also answer supplementary questions.


The contact information for two referees is required for application to the DDEPT program.  It is preferred that at least one referee is a professional (non-academic) reference. Referees should have first-hand knowledge of your abilities, be someone who oversaw your work directly, and be able to provide an evaluation of your performance.

Please inform your referees that they may be contacted by phone or email, most commonly during the month of March. 

Selection Process

Notification of program acceptance will be made to successful applicants starting in early March 2023 and will continue until all positions have been filled.

If you have any questions regarding our application process, please email fnsgrad@uwo.ca 


If you will require an accommodation during your time as a student in one of our programs, please contact fnsgrad@uwo.ca before submitting your application.