Applicants to the MScFN Practicum-based program must meet the admissions criteria of Western University’s, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Brescia University College, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences program requirements, as follows:
- A four-year Bachelor of Science degree from a dietetic education program accredited under Canada’s Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice - PDEP (or ACEND in the U.S.A.) within the past 3 years (2021 or later).
- Applicants must submit confirmation of completion of a PDEP accredited program. This form should be supplied to you, and signed by the head of the academic department overseeing your accredited undergraduate program.
- Undergraduate courses in each Research Methodology and Statistics.
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 78 per cent on the last 10 Full Course Equivalent credits.
- Relevant work and volunteer experience.
- Demonstrated English language proficiency if English is not your first language. Acceptable
i) The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 625 for the paper and pencil version, or 107 for the internet version. [Western’s TOEFL ID is 0984].
ii) The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
iii) The Duolingo English Test. Minimum acceptable score is 130.
Applicants are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement if they submit proof 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.
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:
- Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool.
- Upgrade core upper year courses at Brescia. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Practicum Student Additional Requirements
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.
All 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.
Please refer to our practicum page that outlines the additional responsibilities and requirements that must be met before students begin the practicum portion of the program.