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Practicum Requirements

Students in this program experience rich and dynamic practicum placements in settings such as community health centres, family health teams, food industry, hospitals, long-term care homes and public health units.

40 Practicum Weeks, which include a minimum of:

  • 16 weeks in nutrition care
  • 6 weeks in food provision
  • 6 weeks in population health promotion
  • 4 weeks in practice-based project

plus up to 8 flex weeks that can be applied to areas of interest.  Most students complete at least  6-8 unique placements.

To satisfy the requirements mandated by our placement partners, student will need to meet a number of health and non-health requirements, including immunizations, police vulnerable sector screening, mask fit testing, and professional membership and insurances. 

Practicums are a way to gain real-life experience. Students can expect to travel to different communities and regions to get to some placements.

Students in this program must have access to reliable transportation to get to placements, including places where public transit may not be available. Students will be expected to manage their own travel arrangements to placement sites, at their own cost, once the practicum starts and be able to travel unattended throughout the practicum. This is something for which applicants to our dietetic practicum programs should prepare for, in advance. 

For more information on the types of placements available, visit Practicum Opportunities.