The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is committed to the education of high-quality physicians and health professionals. As well as to international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research.
NOSM will accomplish this by:
- Being socially accountable to the needs and the diversity of the populations of Northern Ontario
- Actively involving Indigenous, Francophone, remote, rural and underserviced communities
- Leading and conducting research activities that positively impact the health of those living in northern communities
- Fostering a positive learning environment for learners, faculty, and staff
- Achieving an integrated, collaborative approach to education, learning, and programming
- Increasing the number of physicians and health professionals with the leadership, knowledge and skills to practice in Northern Ontario
To be considered for admission to NODIP, you must meet the minimum program requirements:
1. You must have graduated from a Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) accredited Canadian undergraduate nutrition program ( or the U.S. equivalent, an ACEND® – accredited program) within the past three years:
If you graduated from an accredited Canadian undergraduate program more than three years ago (from convocation date to the application deadline), you have two options:
- Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT).
- 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. A history of strong academic performance. Your average is 75% (3.0/4.33) or greater in your final two years of a PDEP accredited undergraduate nutrition degree.
3. Experience working or volunteering in a nutrition-related area and/or other relevant experience; and,
4. An interest in working in Northern and/or rural communities.
NODIP does not accept international students. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to apply. If you completed your education outside of Canada, the United States, or Australia, you must complete the following additional training to be eligible to apply:
- The College of Dietitians of Ontario KCAT as part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process and achieve a Level II Result,
- and Ryerson University’s 10-course Certificate in Canadian Dietetic Knowledge for Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition (Ryerson IEPN Certificate).
For more information please see Internationally Educated or contact Dietitians of Canada.
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.
- Self-directed learner with an ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
- Evidence of leadership and strong critical thinking skills;
- Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills; and,
- Flexible and able to adapt to changing organizational environments.
Application Process and Required Documentation
The online application process for the 2022-2023 class will open on December 1, 2021.
Required documents for online application:
1) Three reference letters including the contact information for three referees who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or employment/volunteer performance. It is crucial that you provide accurate contact information for each referee. Referees will be completing their reference forms/letters directly with NODIP’s on-line application process.
Select referees who can speak to your experience and readiness for the NODIP. This may include managers, supervisors, dietitians, academics, or other professional contacts. There is no requirement for an academic referee.
2) Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you are currently a student, upload your unofficial transcripts after your fall grades are posted. Official transcripts showing degree completion will be requested if you accept an offer of admission.
- If the KCAT was written, upload your results.
3) A Cover letter which describes your future career goals in dietetics, and your interest in and commitment to undertake Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program. Address how your values align with NOSM and how your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for this program.
- Business letter format
- Addressed to the Program Manager, NODIP (see contact information under “Contact Us”)
- Maximum 1 page in length, single spaced
- Minimum 11 point font
4) A Resume speaking to volunteer/employment history. Include details about responsibilities and skills relevant to dietetics (e.g., transferable skills such as leadership, education, project coordination). Include the number of hours for all volunteer and work experiences. Also, highlight relevant certificates, memberships, research activities, awards, and extracurricular activities. Maximum 2 pages.
5) Confirmation of completion of PDEP Accredited Program form. Completed by your undergraduate dietetics education university program administration verifying your eligibility to apply.
Please be advised a non-refundable application fee of $75 is required before your application is reviewed for completeness.
Interviews are typically help in February (dates to be determined). Those selected to participate in a virtual interview will be notified by email.
Offer of Admission:
Offers of admission to the practicum program will be sent to the top candidates via e-mail in early March.
Updates will be made to this site at a later date.
Tuition and Fees
The 2022/2023 program tuition is $2500. The fee is due by July 1, 2022. For placements outside of your principal site, in the NODIP catchment, NOSM housing is provided at no additional costs.
Students are also advised to consider other costs such as accommodation/moving, food, parking, gas, car maintenance, immunizations, and liability insurance.
Post-graduate dietetic practicum programs are not eligible for OSAP, nor OSAP continuation of interest-free status. Past interns have paid negligible monthly payments through the OSAP Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP).