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NOSM University is committed to the education of high-quality physicians and health professionals. As well as to receiving international recognition as a leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research.

NOSM U 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

Why our learners chose NODIP:

Admission Requirements

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:

      1. Achieve a Level 1 Result on the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s Knowledge and Competence Assessment Tool (KCAT).
      2. 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.

5. 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 College of Dietitians of Ontario KCAT as part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process and achieve a Level I result.

For more information please see the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Applicants webpage: Educated Internationally.

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.

Personal characteristics:

      1. Self-directed learner with an ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
      2. Evidence of leadership and strong critical thinking skills;
      3. Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills; and,
      4. Flexible and able to adapt to changing organizational environments.

For more information about admissions to the NODIP, please contact admissions@nosm.ca.

Application Process and Required Documentation

NODIP hosted two virtual information sessions on Thursday October 26th.  If you missed the live sessions, you can watch a recording of the session here.

Applications

The 2024-25 Application Portal is now closed.

Required documents for online application:

1) Three confidential reference forms. Applicants are required to provide the names and email addresses of three (3) referees who have agreed to provide a reference by completing and submitting the Request for Confidential References Form. Upon submitting the completed Request for Confidential Reference Form an email will be automatically sent to the named referees at the email addresses provided indicating that they have been named as a referee and providing them with a link to the Confidential Reference Form, which must be completed by the application deadline.

It is strongly recommended that applicants complete and submit the Request for Confidential References Form as early as possible to allow their referees enough time to complete and submit the Confidential Reference Form by the application deadline. Applicants will receive a confirmation email for each Confidential Reference Form that is submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all three (3) Confidential Reference Forms have been submitted by the application deadline.

Consider selecting referees who can speak to your experience and readiness for NODIP. This may include managers, supervisors, registered 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 that your degree was conferred will be required if you accept an offer of admission.

        1. 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 the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program. Address how your values align with NOSM U, including your interest in training in Northern Ontario and how your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for this program.

Although NODIP does not hold seats for Northern Ontario, Indigenous or Francophone applicants, we endeavour to recruit a portion of learners who reflect the demographics of Northern Ontario. Applicants declaring these attributes in their cover letter and resume may receive a slightly higher application score.  Note that any information provided should be verifiable.

Format:

        • 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 details such as your address, the location and 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 Academic Program form. Completed by your undergraduate dietetics education university program administration verifying your eligibility to apply. For U.S. applicants, submit an ACEND program verification form signed by your university program director.


Application Fee:

Please be advised a non-refundable application fee of $75 is required before your application is reviewed for completeness.

Interviews:

Interviews will be held at the end of February 2024. 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 2024. If the offer of admission is accepted, candidates will be required to make a non-refundable deposit of $500 that will be applied to their tuition. Detailed information will be provided to successful candidates in the registration package.

Candidates are advised to review the ‘Program Requirements’ section of our site to understand the registration documents (e.g. immunizations, vulnerable sector checks, etc) that are required to participate in the program. Information about program costs are listed in the ‘Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid’ section below.

Tuition, Fees, & Financial Aid

The 2023-24 NODIP Academic Fee Schedule is available on the Tuition and Fees page. Please monitor that site for changes.

Students are advised to consider other costs such as:
– principal site accommodation/moving expenses,
– food and living expenses,
– vehicle, gas, maintenance,
– parking,
– immunizations, and
– liability insurance.

For placements outside of your principal site, in the NODIP catchment, NOSM U housing is provided at no additional cost and mileage reimbursement is provided.

Financial Aid

Financing your internship year can be challenging. NOSM U’s Financial Aid Office is here to help. Please visit the Financial Assistance site for more information or you may contact our Financial Aid Officer directly at:

(807) 766-7474

1-800-461-8777 (Canada wide toll free number ext. 7474)

or via email at financialaid@nosm.ca.

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 College of Dietitians of Ontario KCAT as part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process and achieve a Level I result.

For more information please see the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Applicants webpage: Educated Internationally.

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.