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Certificate in
Preparation for Practice in Canada for Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition

This certificate is designed to provide internationally educated professionals in nutrition (IEPNs) with a Canadian university certificate to supplement their international credentials, enabling enhanced opportunities for employment. It is also designed to assist IEPNs to be academically prepared for practice-based training, a required component to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) in Ontario. Graduates from this certificate will have demonstrated entry level academic competencies in dietetics, as defined by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice’s (PDEP’s) Integrated Competencies in Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP).

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Program Coordinator: Tammy Fansabedian,

Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have the following:

An assessment completed by the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) and proof of English proficiency at the required level.

Admission Application

An admission application is required for this program. A two-step pre-approval process will be conducted by the program coordinator including submission of an application package and an in-person assessment for qualifying applicants. For more information, contact

Program Information Session

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Information Session. Contact for more information including dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of the 10 required courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CFNN 202   Nutrition:  Public Health Nutrition
CFNN 301   Nutrition:  Intro to Nutrition Management of Human Disease
CFNN 400   Nutrition:  Advanced Nutrition and Health
CFNN 401   Nutrition:  Advanced Nutrition Management of Human Disease
CFNP 100   Professional Practice:  Introduction to Professional Practice
CFNP 350   Nutrition:  Interpersonal Comm/Counselling Nutrition
CFNP 550   Professional Practice:  Introduction to Dietetics Practice
CFNR 201   Research Methods:  Research Methods and Statistics
CFNS 200   Food Management:  Quantity Food Management
CFNS 400   Food Management:  Food Service Systems Management

Note to registered certificate program students
CFNP 200 deleted.
CFNP 350 added.