ISPP Program
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway Program

The University of North Florida offers an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP), made possible by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway of UNF is a distance dietetic internship track that allows motivated candidates the opportunity to find and utilize facilities/agencies in the candidate's community and other locations, and complete the required supervised practice competencies with minimal supervision. This is a non-degree seeking program offered through the University of North Florida.

Upon successful completion of the ISPP, the candidate will receive a Verification Form documenting completion from the UNF Department of Nutrition & Dietetics. The form will be signed by UNF’s Dietetic Internship Program Director. This signed Verification Form documents that the individual is eligible to sit for the national registered dietitian (RD) exam; no additional graduate credits are needed.

    

Who is Eligible to Apply for UNF’s ISPP?

In order to be eligible for admission into UNF’s ISPP, candidates must be:

  • Individuals with nutrition-related doctoral degrees from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university without a verification form and needing supervised practice or with a foreign doctoral degree with an official evaluation (i.e. WES, AACRAO) stating equivalency to a U.S. nutrition-related degree.
  • Recent and past DPD graduates with verification forms but not matched to an internship. These candidates must have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics that has been approved or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), have obtained a verification form, and were not matched to an internship.
  • Prior applying to the ISPP program, you must use the following website to check to see if the state in which you would like to do your internship allows for field placement in out-of-state dietetic internship programs. Please note that there are several state which prohibit field placement. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates.

What Must be Sent to UNF for Evaluation and Admission Consideration?

  • For the Candidates with Doctoral Degrees, you must submit for evaluation the following:
    • UNF ISPP Application
    • Three letters of recommendation submitted on Academy standard recommendation forms. References should indicate your ability to work independently and efficiently. Two of the references can come from professors and one from work or other experience.
    • Transcripts of a doctoral degree in nutrition or dietetics-related field from a regionally accredited college or university, plus official transcripts of all other college and/or university coursework with final degree posted. Foreign degrees/transcripts must have an official evaluation (i.e. WES, AACRAO) stating equivalency to a U.S. degree.
    • Evidence of prior work experience in an area related to nutrition.
    • Submit a professional vita.
    • Personal statement. 
    • Complete and include Preceptor and Facility Information Form(s) (located in the Getting Started - Locating Preceptors and Facilities for Your ISPP packet) for the three major rotations: (1) Clinical, (2) Foodservice, and (3) Community. Please note that one preceptor/facility can serve as a site for more than one rotation.  
  • For the Recent and Past DPD Graduates with a Verification Form, you must submit for evaluation the following:
    • Official transcripts of all college and/or university coursework with final degree posted showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Foreign degrees/transcripts must have an official evaluation (i.e wes, aacrao) stating equivalency to a U.S. degree.*++
    • An original verification form from an ACEND approved/accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) if you are a graduate or Intent to Complete Form if you have yet to graduate.
    • An official copy of GRE scores reflecting a minimum combined score of 300 using the new scoring equivalent on the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam. We will also accept a confirmation page stating a future test date until official scores are available.*++
    • Evidence of not being matched from D&D systems
    • Submit a professional vita.*
    • Personal statement; questions to be addressed in the personal statement include: *
      • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession and be a registered dietitian? 
      • What experiences have helped to prepare you for this profession? 
      • What are your short-term and long-term goals?
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement? 
      • In addition to answering the questions above, write 1-2 pages describing relevant work experience.
    • Complete and include Preceptor and Facility Information Form(s) (located in the Getting Started - Locating Preceptors and Facilities for Your ISPP packet) for the three major rotations: (1) Clinical, (2) Foodservice, and (3) Community. Please note that one preceptor/facility can serve as a site for more than one rotation. 
     
  • For the Recent and Past DPD Graduates who are applying through DICAS, you must submit for evaluation the following electronically through DICAS:
    • UNF ISPP Application.
    • Three references submitted on Academy standard recommendation forms. References should indicate your ability to work independently and efficiently. Two of the references can come from professors and one from work or other experience.
    • Official transcripts of all college and/or university coursework with final degree posted showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Foreign degrees/transcripts must have an official evaluation (i.e wes, aacrao) stating equivalency to a U.S. degree. ++
    • An original verification form from an ACEND approved/accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) if you are a graduate or Intent to Complete Form if you have yet to graduate.++
    • An official copy of GRE scores reflecting a minimum combined score of 300 using the new scoring equivalent on the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam.  We will also accept a confirmation page stating a future test date until official scores are available.*++
    • Evidence of not being matched from D&D systems.
    • Submit a professional vita.
    • Personal statement; questions to be addressed in the personal statement include: 
      • Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession and be a registered dietitian?  
      • What experiences have helped to prepare you for this profession?  
      • What are your short-term and long-term goals? 
      • What are your strengths and weaknesses or areas needing improvement?  
      • In addition to answering the questions above, write 1-2 pages describing relevant work experience.       
       
    • Complete and include Preceptor and Facility Information Form(s) (located in the Getting Started - Locating Preceptors and Facilities for Your ISPP packet) for the three major rotations: (1) Clinical, (2) Foodservice, and (3) Community. Please note that one preceptor/facility can serve as a site for more than one rotation. 
     

Candidates whose DPD verification forms are 5 years or older will take academic refresher courses as determined in the review. Courses may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level from any accredited college or university [must provide an official transcript(s) to verify the completion of these classes].


 *We will accept a copy from your DICAS packet. Please either send a hard copy with your application packet.

 ++We will accept an unofficial copy for consideration, but an official copy will be required if admitted.    

How to Apply 

 

The UNF ISPP Application and all other documents must be received as ONE application packet

 

  • If you are applying through DICAS, upload all necessary documentation
  • If you are NOT applying through DICAS, please mail all necessary documentation to Attn: ISPP Coordinator, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, University of North Florida, Bldg. 39, Room 3042, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224  

 

Please ensure that all application materials are sent as ONE application packet or your application may not be considered. Potential candidates will receive a notification that their materials have been received. Please direct any questions to ispp@unf.edu 

 

 

Eligibility is determined only after all materials have been received AND the non-refundable $50.00 Portfolio Assessment Fee has been paid. You will receive an e-mail notification confirming receipt of your application packet with directions to process the application fee.   

 

Curriculum Specific Information 

Candidates are expected to find all preceptors for the rotations listed below. Please see Getting Started - Locating Preceptors and Facilities for Your ISPP for more detailed information on the process. The length of the program is dependent on the candidate’s ability to locate preceptors, obtain approval from the Program Director, obtain signed affiliation agreement(s), and complete the required number of practicum hours (1200 hours) within a reasonable amount of time. For example, a full-time ISPP candidate (~40 hours/week) may take 12-14 months to completion; a part-time ISPP candidate (~20 hours/week) may take 24-28 months.

 

 

The rotations include:

 

1.  Institutional Food Service, Production, and Management  

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 200 hours) 
  • Description: Practicing marketing, procurement, storage, preparation, delivery, service, and management that include retail operations. Interns practice the care and operation of equipment, sanitation audits, HACCP Guidelines, menu planning, customer service, and management activities. Rotation activities include practical hands-on experience as well as investigative research to prepare for in-depth management responsibilities. 

2.  Patient Food Service and Production  

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 120 hours) 
  • Description: Practicing menu planning, taking meal orders, tray preparation and delivery, patient promotions, marketing of menus, and all aspects of producing and delivering nutrition to patients. This rotation focuses on food service within an inpatient setting for people who have medical needs related to their diets. Unlike the Institutional Food Service and Production, this rotation also includes retail settings that are not focused on medical needs. 

3.  Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy One 

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 160 hours) 
  • Description: Practicing the nutrition care process with populations with common medical conditions impacted by diet including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal disorders. 

4.  Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy  

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 120 hours)  
  • Description: Practicing the nutrition care process with populations with medical conditions impacted by diet that do not require hospitalization. Group MNT activities may be satisfied with the Community Education Rotation activities. 
5.  Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy Two
  • Pre-requisite: Inpatient MNT One
  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 240 hours)
  • Description: Practicing the nutrition care process with populations with more complicated conditions such as renal disease, multisystem organ failure, cancer, and hepatic disease.
 

 6.  Community Nutrition  

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 160 hours)  
  • Description: Developing skills to provide nutrition services to the community at large through a variety of activities, programs, and services including nutrition counseling, nutrition education, nutrition assessment, and wellness programs. Interns also develop skills in evaluating and applying government program guidelines and policies. During this rotation interns must complete a series of activities and projects:  

    • Nutrition Education and Counseling 
    • Targeted Community Nutrition 
    • Wellness Program 
    • Government Public Health Policy 

7.  Child-Adolescent Education  

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 40 hours)  
  • Description: Promoting health and wellness through marketing, education, classes, and events for school-aged children and adolescents. It is similar to the education and wellness activities in the Community Nutrition Rotation, but addresses nutrition related issues that children and adolescents face in their school environment, such as peer pressure, academic performance, athletic achievement, drugs, and alcohol. 

8.  Concentration: Area Chosen by Candidate  

  • Elective requirement from a choice of several concentrations 
  • Approximately 120 hours 

Anticipated Expenses

IMPORTANT: ISPP candidates are NOT eligible for student grants or loans, even if a recent UNF graduate. 

 

Cost of the program through the University of North Florida, Department of Nutrition & Dietetic is as follows:

 

 

Main Costs

 Portfolio Assessment Fee

$ 50.00 (Non-refundable)
Registration Fee for Supervised Practice (1200 hours)  

$ 7,450.00 one-time fee, plus the $50.00 Portfolio Assessment Fee stated above.

It is expected that the candidate will pay in one payment. However, if a candidate needs to pay in installments, the installment plan is $2,000.00 before the first rotation, in addition to the non-refundable $50.00 Portfolio Assessment Fee; $2,000.00; $2,000.00; and $1,450.00 before the last rotation. 

Estimated Personal Costs Include
Housing ($800/month) $ 12,800
Travel to sites ($200/month) $ 3,200
Books $ 1,000
Health Insurance $ 150
Liability Insurance (per year) $ 35
Professional Membership $ 100
Computer/Technology $ 400
Lab Coats $ 50


The potential candidate will receive directions regarding the non-refundable $50.00 Portfolio Assessment Fee after the UNF ISPP Application has been completed and received by the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics.


Pending admission to the program, candidates may consider utilizing the UNF ISPP Checklist to track their progress. This checklist is for personal use only and is not required.                                                                   

Application Timeline and Selection Process

 

The potential candidate must submit an extensive list of various materials in a portfolio format to determine eligibility to participate in the program, types of supervised practice experiences that will be required, and previous experiences. Eligibility is determined only after all materials have been received AND the non-refundable $50.00 Portfolio Assessment Fee has been paid. You will receive an e-mail notification confirming receipt of your application packet with directions to process the application fee.   


If you are interested in applying, please refer to "What Must Be Sent to UNF for Evaluation and Admission Consideration?" above for what materials are required for consideration.   

Applicants not matched PRIOR to 2016 

If a potential candidate applied through DICAS prior to 2016, the UNF ISPP admits up to five (5) candidates per cohort on a rolling basis. Please mail your application packet to the address listed above. 

 

Applicants not matched in Spring 2016 

If a potential applicant applied through DICAS in Spring 2016 and was not matched, applications will be accepted between April 8-May 9, 2016. Decision notifications will be sent early to mid-June. 


Please contact ispp@unf.edu with any questions you might have.   

Program Completion

Program completion is reached when the intern has successfully satisfied all rotation learning objectives, and supervised practice hours. Graduates are eligible to receive a verification form and take the examination to become a registered dietitian. Registration eligibility for dietitians is conducted through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).

Questions? 

If you have any questions regarding the UNF ISPP program, please contact the ISPP Coordinator at f.siver@unf.edu