What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process of self and peer evaluation for institutions/organizations and assesses the delivery of services and programs against standards of acceptability. In the context of dietetic education, accreditation has two primary purposes, to:
Assess program compliance with the approved minimum national education requirements (link to the Accreditation Standards document), and
Encourage programs to strive for quality improvement.
The ultimate intended outcome of the accreditation process is confidence on the part of the stakeholders that accredited programs demonstrate the minimum level of quality and effectiveness needed to protect the public interest, and address needs of students/interns and the profession.
Who issues Accreditation Certificates?
The Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) is a national partnership organization involving the national professional association (Dietitians of Canada), the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies (consisting of the ten provincial dietetic regulatory bodies) and dietetic education programs (academic and internship/practicum).
PDEP oversees the Dietetics Education Accreditation Program, as of September 1, 2015. This program is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the accreditation process and for accreditation award decision-making.
Accredited Programs in Canada
Undergraduate degrees: Fully Integrated (includes academic and practicum training)
University of British Columbia
Dept. of Food, Nutrition and Health
University of Alberta
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
Université de Moncton
École des sciences des aliments, de nutrition et d'études familiales
Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
Baccalauréat Spécialisé en Sciences de la nutrition
Undergraduate degrees: Partially Integrated (includes academic and some practicum training)
Prince Edward Island
University of Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown
Dept. of Family and Nutritional Science
St. Francis Xavier University - Antigonish
Department of Human Nutrition
Undergraduate degrees: Not Integrated (academic education only)
University of Manitoba
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
Brescia University College affiliated with the University of Western Ontario
Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
University of Guelph
Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
School of Nutrition
Post Degree Internship (Practicum training only)
Combined Masters Practicum Programs (Masters education and practicum training)