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Faculty of Community Services

Dietetics (PMDip)

Program at a glance

Program format: Full-time, one-year

Tuition fees range: Tuition fee details

Credential earned: Professional Master’s Diploma in Dietetics (PMDip Dietetics)

Program partners: St. Michael’s Hospital and North York General Hospital

Professional accreditation: This dietetic education program is accredited under the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body.

Ryerson’s Professional Master’s Diploma (PMDip) in Dietetics is a professional program that provides practical, hands-on dietetic experience in clinical, community and management settings, that enables students to obtain the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice [PDF].

The program is offered in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital and North York General Hospital.

Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam and if successful, become registered dietitians — going on to work in a diverse range of entry-level dietetic practice settings.

Career opportunities

Registered dietitians are qualified to:

  • Practice professionally and ethically, according to regulatory and organizational requirements.
  • Provide services to meet the nutrition-care needs of individuals and groups.
  • Communicate effectively and practice collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams in health care and other sectors.
  • Promote the nutrition health of groups, communities and populations.
  • Manage programs, projects and services related to dietetics.
  • Participate in practice-based research.
  • Provide nutrition education and counselling in a wide range of practice settings.

Dietitians find rewarding employment opportunities in:

  • Hospital and community based settings
  • Community and public health organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Food industry
  • Private sector health companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Not-for-profit and non-governmental food and health charities and organizations
  • Education and research
  • Private practice  
Why Dietetics at Ryerson?

Dietetics at Ryerson provides unrivaled learning opportunities through partnerships with St. Michael’s Hospital and North York General Hospital.

During practicum rotations, you'll have the opportunity to apply theory to practice and engage in practice-based research while working alongside dietitians in a wide variety of practice settings.

Our program fosters continuous self-directed learning that recognizes the unique background and learning needs of each student. Practicum rotations are structured to support progressive learning and competency achievement. As you progress, you will have opportunities to engage in minimally supervised entry-level dietetic practice.

As a Ryerson student, you will enjoy the benefits of full-time student status which entitles you to access a number of university resources, including:

Our mission, vision and goals

Our mission

To collaborate with partner institutions to provide outstanding practical training for future dietitians.

Our vision

To be a leading hub for innovation and collaboration in dietetic education and training.

Program goals

  • To provide students with high quality practical training through which they can demonstrate competency attainment as per the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP), qualify to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination, and become dietitians.
  • To draw on all partner institutions' resources to enhance the quality of dietetic practical training for students and preceptors.
  • To provide students and preceptors with exceptional opportunities for professional growth and development.

Curriculum

Ryerson’s PMDip in Dietetics provides comprehensive, rewarding opportunities for classroom learning and dietetic practice, supporting you to meet the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice.

Through classroom-based learning and practical training, you will develop advanced skills and knowledge in:

  • Nutrition care
  • Management
  • Population and public health
  • Professional practice
  • Communications

As dietetics student, you must complete:

  • NC8300 Professional Practice

    This course provides students with opportunities to become familiar with the process of competency attainment in external practicums, the roles of dietitians in diverse settings (acute, chronic, long term care, industry, business, community, etc.), interprofessional collaboration, and the standards, policies and legislation governing dietetic practice. Students engage in activities and discussions designed to enhance their readiness for success in achieving the entry-level competencies for dietetic careers. 1 Credit

  • NC8401 Practicum I

    This course provides students with structured experiences to integrate knowledge and skills while demonstrating their competence as defined by the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice. Students engage in 4 days of highly structured external rotations and 1 day of class weekly. Online study modules and assessments support students’ progress. Class discussions provide opportunities for students to integrate learning, discuss challenges, identify strategies to resolve problems, and demonstrate a collegial and supportive approach to professional practice. Pass/Fail 1 Credit

  • NC8402 Practicum II

    Based on the progressive model of competency attainment, this course provides students with structured experiences to build on their previous experiential learning by adding depth and breadth to their learning. Students will integrate knowledge and skills while demonstrating their competence as defined by the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice. Students engage in 4 days of highly structured external rotations and 1 day of class weekly. Online study modules and assessments support students’ progress. Class discussions provide opportunities for students to integrate learning, discuss challenges, identify strategies to resolve problems, and demonstrate a collegial and supportive approach to professional practice. Pass/Fail 1 Credit

  • NC8403 Practicum III

    Based on the progressive model of competency attainment, this course provides students with structured experiences to build on their previous experiential learning by adding depth and breadth to their learning. Students will integrate knowledge and skills while demonstrating their competence as defined by the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice. Students engage in 4 days of highly structured external rotations and 1 day of class weekly. Online study modules and assessments support students’ progress. Class discussions provide opportunities for students to integrate learning, discuss challenges, identify strategies to resolve problems, and demonstrate a collegial and supportive approach to professional practice. Pass/Fail 1 Credit

Program structure

Ryerson's PMDip in Dietetics is a challenging, intensive professional master's practicum program that is delivered on a full-time basis only.

You will take four courses over three terms of study.

The NC8300 Professional Practice Course is delivered at Ryerson during your second term and consists of three hours of class per week.

The three practicum courses are offered through partnerships with St. Michael's Hospital and North York General Hospital.

Each term, you will take one practicum course and will spend 35-40 hours per week immersed in rotations in various dietetic practice settings.

Some practicum rotations will not be located at either hospital. You may be asked to travel (at your own expense) throughout the GTA (and sometimes beyond) to complete rotations.

The program structure is as follows:

Term 1 (Fall)

  • Practicum I

Term 2 (Winter)
  • Practicum II
  • NC8300 Professional Practice
Term 3 (Spring/Summer)
  • Practicum III
Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to Ryerson’s Professional Master's Diploma in Dietetics, you must meet the minimum program requirements:

1. You must be eligible to study in Canada and have graduated from a Dietitians of Canada or Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice accredited Canadian undergraduate nutrition program:

  • Within the past three years*
  • With a minimum B average (3.0/4.33) in the last two years of study (20 courses)
  • With a minimum of B (or equivalent) final grade in: an intermediate or senior level research methods course (or equivalent); public health policy (or equivalent); interpersonal/professional communications; a senior nutritional management of disease course; physiology (where two 1-term courses are taken, the final grades are averaged)

*If you graduated from an accredited Canadian undergraduate program more than three years ago (from convocation date to application deadline), you must:

  • Contact the accredited Canadian undergraduate program from which you graduated
  • Request an academic assessment  
  • Complete the courses specified on the assessment prior to applying to this program

​2. This program is open to qualified applicants who wish to become registered dietitians. It is not open to individuals who are/have been dietitians in Canada or elsewhere.


3. If you completed your education outside Canada please see Educated outside of Canada? or contact Dietitians of Canada

Financial matters

Tuition

Tuition is calculated on the basis of your program, not on the number of courses that you take per term.

Your tuition is a yearly charge, which is broken into three equivalent payments for the three terms in a graduate academic calendar.

Total fees include charges for tuition, athletics, RSU – Ryerson Students’ Union, RSU health and dental plans, and other related fees.

 


 

Students with existing OSAP loans

Professional Master’s Diplomas are full cost-recovery programs at Ryerson. Full cost-recovery programs do not receive government grant funding and must recover their full cost of operating through fees. Currently, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development directs that students in such programs are not eligible for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) funding support.  

This program is funded from a portion of the tuition fees students pay upon enrollment and the program-based ancillary fees. This means a Continuation of Interest Free Status form is not available to students with existing OSAP loans. Existing OSAP loans will go into repayment six months after the last time the student was in classes prior to the PMDip Dietetics program.       

​If you have an existing OSAP loan, you can apply for the Repayment Assistance Program (RAP) to request no interest be charged or for your loan repayment to be deferred until you complete your ​PMDip in Dietetics​. Apply for the RAP program early to allow time to submit your application and receive a response from the National Student Loan Centre.  ​

Program inquiries

Please direct all program inquiries to:

PMDip Dietetics @ St. Michael’s Hospital

Helen Tomalik MEd, RD
   
Interim Coordinator of Nutrition and Dietetic Education/Research St. Michael’s Hospital

Telephone: 416-864-5551
  
Email: tomalikh@smh.ca

 


 

PMDip Dietetics @ North York General Hospital

Marcia Sivilotti BSc, RD
Clinical Nutrition Dietetic Internship Coordinator
 
Telephone: 416-756-6264
Email: marcia.sivilotti@nygh.on.ca
Fax: 416-756-6956