Dietitians of Canada provides accreditation services 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 the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, of which DC is a member. 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 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
- Accreditation Standards for Dietetic Education Programs in Canada (2014)
The Accreditation Standards for Dietetic Education Programs in Canada (2014) were developed by an expert committee appointed by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP). The Accreditation Standards have been designed to apply to both academic and practicum/internship educational programs. The standards are benchmarks that describe the minimum expectations of a program of study and provide the framework for periodic accreditation review.
- The Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice - ICDEP (2013)
Delineates the entry-to-practice standard for registered dietitians in Canada. The standard expressed by the Integrated Competencies is a minimum requirement, designed to ensure safe, effective and ethical entry-level practice.
Other professional standard resources