In addition to holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited university program, dietitians must also obtain supervised practical experience. The latter must be acquired through an internship or internship program in dietetics.
As part of their training, students apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired at university in practice settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, health services and the food industry. All Canadian internship programs - internship / integrated programs, postgraduate internships or master's programs - are accredited by the Nutrition Training and Practice Partnership (FNFP).
Types of Internship and Internship Programs (these programs can be completed as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate program):
1. Integrated Undergraduate Internship Program:
- In such a program, the practical training program is incorporated into the undergraduate program. Some universities offer internship placement to all students admitted to the dietetics program.
- In other programs, the number of places is limited, and students must compete for them. Placements for practical placements are organized either in rotation blocks throughout the program, or are positioned at the end of the program when all the theoretical courses are completed. These programs are called integrated programs or internship programs.
- List of Programs
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2. Internship / internship post-diploma:
- After completing an accredited Canadian undergraduate program, students have two options to complete an internship or internship program:
- Master's program / internship - In these programs, students apply directly to the accredited university program. Master's / internship programs may or may not include essay writing. Practical masters are those who do not understand them. In both cases, practical experience is incorporated into the curriculum, and the university organizes internships that students must complete in addition to master's courses. List of combined master-stage programs
- Postgraduate Internship Program - Students can enroll in internship programs through the annual internship selection process coordinated by Dietitians of Canada. These internship / internship programs are sponsored by specific organizations, such as hospitals or other care facilities, and typically last from 35 to 40 weeks. A limited number of these positions are offered. List of postgraduate programs
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