ISPP Program
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway Program

The University of North Florida is piloting a new dietetic practice pathway referred to as the 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 essentially 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.

 

The deadline for admission consideration for the Srping 2015 Cohort has been extended to Jan. 5, 2015! Please see "Application Timeline and Selection Process" below for more information.     

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.
  • We are not currently accepting applications from candidates who wish to do their ISPP experience in Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina. 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 portfolio:
    • 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. 
        
  • For the Recent and Past DPD Graduates with a Verification Form, you must submit for evaluation the following as a portfolio:
    • 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.
    • Evidence of not being matched from D&D systems, for non-doctoral candidates.
    • Submit a professional vita.
    • Personal statement. 
     

All applicants who apply to ISPP are asked to complete a 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.

 

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].  

 

The UNF ISPP Application and all other documents must be sent to:

 

                          Attn: ISPP Coordinator

                             Department of Nutrition & Dietetics  

                          University of North Florida 

                          Bldg. 39, Room 3042 

                          1 UNF Drive 

                          Jacksonville, FL  32224 


Potential candidates will receive a notification that their materials have been received. Please direct any questions to ispp@unf.edu

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 240 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.  Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy Two  

  • Pre-requisite: Inpatient MNT One 
  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 320 hours) 
  • Description: Practicing the nutrition care process with populations with more complicated conditions such as renal disease, multisystem organ failure, cancer, and hepatic disease. 

5.  Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy  

  • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 40 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. 

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

$ 500.00 (Non-refundable)
Registration Fee for Supervised Practice (1200 hours)  

$ 7,000.00 one-time fee, plus the $500.00 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 before the first rotation, in addition to the non-refundable $500 Portfolio Assessment Fee; $2,000; $2,000; and $1,000 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 $500 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

Please see the ISPP Application Deadlines & Timeline

 

The Spring 2015 Cohort application/portfolio deadline has been extended! We are currently accepting applications/portfolio materials through Monday, Januaray 5, 2015 for the Spring 2015 Cohort. Please refer to "What Must Be Sent to UNF for Evaluation and Admission Consideration?" above for what materials are required for consideration. 

 

The University of North Florida’s Department of Nutrition & Dietetics has agreed to accept five (5) candidates per cohort as part of this model. 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 $500 Portfolio Assessment Fee has been paid.    

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 Director Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts at ispp@unf.edu