Dietitians of Canada is the national accrediting organization for baccalaureate programs in dietetic education and dietetic internship/practicum programs. To receive accreditation, education and training programs must meet nationally established standards set by DC. Accreditation status ensures that programs are providing high quality education for students that will in turn result in graduates providing high quality dietitian service to their patients and clients.
How do programs become accreditation?
Accreditation relies on an on-site peer review process. Trained surveyors, who are members of Dietitians of Canada carry out the review. Surveyors have demonstrated professional leadership and have extensive experience in dietetic education or dietetic internship/practicum programs. To maintain accreditation status, a program must have an on-site accreditation review visit every 7 years. Between site visits, there is an annual requirement to report program changes.
Why is Accreditation Important?
- Serves to maintain consistent national standards for dietetic education programs
- Ensures quality dietetic education for those entering the profession
- Supports growth, development, and enhancement of dietetic education programs to meet changing workforce needs