Certificate and Course Information

Formerly: 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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For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/iepn.

Program Coordinator: Tammy Fansabedian, ied@ryerson.ca

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 ied@ryerson.ca.

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 ied@ryerson.ca 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.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in 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 and Food:  Public Health Nutrition
CFNN 301   Nutrition and Food:  Intro to Nutrition Management of Human Disease
CFNN 400   Nutrition and Food:  Advanced Nutrition and Health
CFNN 401   Nutrition and Food:  Advanced Nutrition Management of Human Disease
CFNP 100   Nutrition and Food:  Introduction to Professional Practice
CFNP 350   Nutrition and Food:  Interpersonal Comm/Counselling Nutrition
CFNP 550   Nutrition and Food:  Introduction to Dietetics Practice
CFNR 201   Nutrition and Food:  Research Methods and Statistics
CFNS 200   Nutrition and Food:  Quantity Food Management
CFNS 400   Nutrition and Food:  Food Service Systems Management


Note to registered certificate program students
Effective Fall 2018, the Preparation for Practice in Canada for Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition has been revised to Canadian Dietetic Knowledge Competencies. Students who formally register in the certificate after July 2, 2018, will do so under the new program name.