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Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

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 (Website: https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend, Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. Phone: (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400 Email: ACEND@eatright.org). 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 CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists. No additional graduate credits are needed.

Who is Eligible to Apply for UNF's ISPP?

  • Individuals with nutrition-related doctoral degrees from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university without a verification statement 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 interns 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.
  • UNF's ISPP program is considered a distance track, in that interns can apply and gain experience across the country within their respective states. The ISPP is therefore subjected to regulations of State authorization of distance education, which is a complex and dynamic environment. Applicants to UNF ISPP are encouraged to check this site to find out whether their state will allow them to gain clinical/supervised practice experience while enrolled at UNF.
  • The University of North Florida has been approved by FL-SARA to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates.

How to Apply Through DICAS

  • We begin taking ISPP Application via DICAS on April 11th, 2019 (after match date)
  • For the Recent and Past DPD Graduates who are applying through DICAS, we will accept the following documents from the DICAS packet:
    • UNF ISPP Application
    • Three references submitted on DICAS 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.
    • 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.
       
     
  • The following documents must be sent separately either by US. Mail or E-Mail:
    • Official original transcripts of all college and/or university coursework with final degree posted showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • Mailed foreign degrees/transcripts must have an official evaluation (i.e wes, aacrao) stating equivalency to a U.S. degree. ++ (US. Mail only)
    • 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 (US. Mail only)
    • 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.*++ (E-Mail only)
    • Evidence of not being matched from D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service. (US. Mail or E-Mail)
    • Complete and include Preceptor and Facility Information Form(s) (located in the Getting Started Handbook) 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. (US. Mail or E-Mail)
    • All forms that are sent via US. mail must be sent to Attn: ISPP Coordinator, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, University of North Florida, Bldg. 39, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
     
  • UNF ISPP Application

     

  • Getting Started Handbook

*We will accept a copy from your DICAS packet. If you did not apply though DICAS please 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 Via Paper Application (Only if you did not apply through DICAS)

  • For the Recent and Past DPD Graduates with a Verification Form, you must submit the following for evaluation:
    • UNF ISPP Application
    • Three references submitted on the DICAS 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 Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service.
    • 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 Handbook) 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.
    • You will receive an e-mail notification confirming receipt of your application packet with directions to process the application fee.
    • Eligibility is determined only after all materials have been received
    • Upon acceptance candidates must pay a $50.00 non-refundable application fee
     

Send all Application Materials to: Applications are received via DICAS during second round match period or paper copies can be submitted to:

Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Attn: ISPP Coordinator or Program Director

University of North Florida

Bldg. 39, Room 3042

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224

 

Late or missing components may result in your application from not being considered for admission.

Candidates with a Doctoral Degree

  • For the Interns with Doctoral Degrees, you must submit for evaluation a portfolio with the following:
    • UNF ISPP Application
    • Three letters of recommendation submitted on DICAS 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 Handbook) 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.
  • You will receive an e-mail notification confirming receipt of your application packet with directions to process the application fee.
  • Eligibility is determined only after all materials have been received
  • Upon acceptance candidates must pay a $50.00 non-refundable application fee

Send all Application Materials to:Applications are received via DICAS during second round match period or paper copies can be submitted to:

Department of Nutrition & Dietetics

Attn: ISPP Coordinator or Program Director

University of North Florida

Bldg. 39, Room 3042

1 UNF Drive

Jacksonville, FL 32224

 

Late or missing components may jeopardize your application from being considered.

Curriculum Specific Information

Candidates are expected to find all preceptors for the rotations listed. Please see the Getting Started Handbook 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 (1220 hours) within a reasonable amount of time. For example, a full-time ISPP candidate (~40 hours/week) may take 12-14 months to complete the program, whereas a part-time ISPP candidate (~20 hours/week) may take 24-28 months.

The rotations include:

  1. Institutional Food Service, Production, and Management
    1. ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 320 hours)
    2. 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; activities include practical hands-on experience as well as investigative research to prepare for in-depth management responsibilities. This rotation also focuses on food service within an inpatient setting for people who have medical needs related to their diets; interns will practice menu planning, taking meal orders, tray preparation and delivery, patient promotions, marketing of menus, and all aspects of producing and delivering nutrition to patients.
     
  2. Clinical
    1. Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
      • 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.
       
    2. Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy
      • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 140 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.
       
    3. Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 (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, multi system organ failure, cancer, and hepatic disease.
       
     
  3. Community
    1. General
      • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 160-200 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 one major projects.
       
    2. Child-Adolescent Education
      • ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 40-80 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.
      • 2-Weeks are required at a WIC Facility
       
     
  4. 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
Fee Cost
Application Fee $ 50.00 (Non-refundable) (Submitted after application is received and directed by coordinator)
Registration Fee for Supervised Practice (1220 hours)

$ 7,450.00 one-time fee (Non-refundable)

The candidate can pay in full, however, if a candidate needs to pay in installments, the installment plan is $2000 for each of the following rotations: Foodservice, Medication Nutrition Therapy, and Community Nutrition and $1450 for the Concentration Rotation. Payment is due prior to starting each rotation.

 

Estimated Personal Costs Include:
Fee Cost
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 Application Fee after the UNF ISPP Application has been completed and received by the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Payment Options and Directions

  • There are two options for payment:
    1. The intern will pay the entire $7,450.00 following admission to the program
    2. Prior to each new rotation, the intern will pay in installments (see form below)
    3. If intern is seeking Assessment of Prior Learning an additional $50 is required for evaluation of learning competencies.
     

To initiate payment, the intern will need to complete the Payment Form and e-mail to the Coordinator, Janine Dray-Daris at j.dray@unf.edu . Once processed, the intern will receive a notification with directions to make the payment through the UNF One Stop Services Office.

Withdrawal and Refund of Fees

All fees are non-refundable. Interns who are admitted into the ISPP program are asked to sign a payment contract which states that all fees associated with the UNF Individualized Supervised Practice Program (ISPP) are non-refundable and must be paid in full or in installments prior to the start of each rotation.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available through UNF for the ISPP candidates.

 

Application Timelines
Date Application Sequence
April 11th, 2019 First day to submit application after Spring Match date
May 20th, 2019 Application Deadline By mid to end of May each year
July 15th, 2019 Review applications begin, and interviews are scheduled
July 22nd, 2019 Applicants are notified of results
July 29th, 2019 Orientation
August University of North Florida ISPP start date

Applicants not matched PRIOR to 2018

  • If a potential candidate applied through DICAS prior to 2018, the applicant can apply to the UNF ISPP which admits up to fifteen (15) candidates per year. Please mail your application packet to the address listed above.

Applicants not matched in this current match period

  • If a potential applicant applied through DICAS in this year and was not matched, applications will be accepted after the DICAS match period in April. Applicants may also use the DICAS portal to submit their application. Decision notifications will be sent July 22nd, 2019.

Program Completion

  • Program completion is reached when the intern has successfully satisfied all rotation learning objectives, supervised practice hours and has passed the final mock RD exam with an 80% or higher. Graduates are eligible to receive a verification form and take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists 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). https://www.cdrnet.org
  • You might have received a "Message from the Office of the Registrar" with the Subject "State Licensure Disclosure". Please note this has been done as response to a new Federal mandate for disclosure. The MS/DI nutrition program at UNF is accredited by ACEND and prepare students to meet the specific CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists requirements. The ISPP is a pathway within the accredited dietetic internship program and fulfills the same CDR requirements. In addition, many states have licensure/practice regulations (i.e., license to practice/work in their state). Each state might also have additional requirements for licensure. Please contact your state's licensing board for additional information.

Questions?

  • If you have any questions regarding the UNF ISPP program, please contact Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, Program Director at c.sealey-potts@unf.edu or Program Coordinator, Janine Dray-Daris at j.dray@unf.edu