Dietetic Internship and Practicum
Dietitians of Canada determine accreditation through peer review processes and self-evaluations from accredited institutions. This is completed in order to determine the effectiveness of the program, which is compared against a set of defined standards established by DC. These accreditation standards are required for institutions and are not optional. The use of these standards ensures that national programs are evaluated reliably and objectively. Additionally, this solidifies the organizations is commitment to DC and its members to maintain national standards for dietetic education and entry to the profession.
1) The Graduate Dietetic Internship/Practicum
2) The Stage Program/Integrated/Coordinated Education Programs and
3) The Graduate Degree Practicum
According to the DC Dietetic Internship/Practicum Accreditation Manual, accreditation status is provided by one of four options which are available here.
The effectiveness of accreditation lies in its ability to encourage programs to effectively evaluate their own educational processes and activities and to determine that a program meets or exceeds the standards. Using principles and standards developed by DC, new dietetic internship/practicum are developed. These principles and standards are required for self-evaluation and/or accreditation of existing programs as well. Three principles exist within the DC Accreditation including 1) program management, 2) program plan and 3) program evaluation where various standards are included within these specific principles.
The purpose of accreditation is to evaluate how effectively an education program meets standards for educational quality and to encourage program improvements through positive peer review processes. The ultimate goal for accreditation is to establish and maintain the internship/practicum which provides entry level competencies for the students emerging from their specific program. DC describes competence as the interpretation and integration of knowledge, critical thinking, judgment, attitudes, skills, values and beliefs. It is the ability to do a good job as well as ability to produce and exhibit learning while transitioning from one particular situation to another. For this to be accomplished, it is imperative that individuals engage in reflective practice, practice continuous learning and demonstrate application and evaluation of their practice.
For more information, please see the Dietitians of Canada accreditation manual.