ISPP ProgramIndividualized 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.
In order to be eligible for admission into UNF’s ISPP, candidates must be:
All applicants who apply to ISPP are asked to complete a personal statement. Questions to be addressed in the personal statement include:
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:
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
University of North Florida
Bldg. 39, Room 3042
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
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.
The rotations include:
1. Institutional Food Service, Production, and Management
2. Patient Food Service and Production
3. Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy One
4. Inpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy Two
5. Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy
6. Community Nutrition
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:
7. Child-Adolescent Education
8. Concentration: Area Chosen by Candidate
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:
Portfolio Assessment Fee
$ 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.
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.
Please see the ISPP Application Timeline.
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.
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).
If you have any questions regarding the UNF ISPP program, please contact the ISPP Director Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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