Food Service Worker

The Food Service Worker program is a one-semester inclusive undertaking that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective member of an interprofessional health care team in Health care facilities.

This program was developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, professional organizations and employers. It meets current government standards and employer requirements by incorporating lecture and practical experience in a food lab as you & learn about quantity food preparation, basic therapeutic diets and nutrition, proper sanitation and safety practices, effective communication and quality customer service.

To round out your training, you’ll participate in an arranged work experience field placement. This aspect of the program will provide you with hands-on experience that will allow you to apply classroom learning in a real world work situation.

The primary focus of this program will be to prepare you for a career opportunity in Health Care food service. This offering will not only fulfill the requirements for roles such as dietary or nutrition aide and health care food service worker in Long Term Care homes, Retirement homes, hospitals but it will also open the doors for opportunities to work in government, private daycare centers, special-care homes and more.

Program Highlights

  • This Food Service Worker program is based on documentation developed by members of Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management.
  • During the program, classroom courses will deal with the theoretical aspects of food service, the nutrition industry and the delivery of quality customer service.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Communicate the role of nutrition and apply the principles of human nutrition to food production in the health care food service environment.
  • Discuss the standards and principles of diet therapy relating to a variety of illnesses and diseases and apply these principles to the assembly of therapeutic meals in the health care food service environment.
  • Provide a safe and healthy dietary environment, including food free from bacteria and other harmful contaminants, by adhering to government and departmental regulations relating to food safety, and injury and hazard prevention strategies.
  • Contribute to the success and image of the health care dietary area by applying interpersonal skills that enhance employee performance.
  • Function within the food service worker's scope of practice to support the goals of health care food service.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing personal and professional development strategies.
  • Carry out cost control techniques in the preparation of food service in the health care environment.
  • Apply food and bake theories to all aspects of food preparation in health care.
  • Implement cooking principles and techniques in the preparation of large quantities of various foods for the health care environment.
  • Apply knowledge of health care food service systems and adhere to departmental and industry work standards.
  • Placements available for you to practice what you learned.

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