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.
Master's Degree Requirement Communication
To Prospective students:
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship (ISPP track) program at University of North Florida are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. A master’s degree is required after December 31, 2023.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
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.
Institutional Food Service, Production, and Management
- ACEND-required rotation (Approximately 320 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; 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Concentration: Area Chosen by Candidate
- Elective requirement from a choice of several concentrations
- Approximately 120 hours
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.
If you have any questions regarding the UNF ISPP program, please contact Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or Program Coordinator, Jamisha Leftwich at email@example.com
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