Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

The Dominican University Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) certificate program includes an emphasis on cultural diversity in child nutrition with 1200 hours of field experience divided between community, clinical, food management, and specialty rotations. The ISPP is designed for the development of dietetic professionals who are competent in all entry-level areas of practice, including cultural competencies particularly addressing child nutrition. This program fulfills the supervised practice requirements to sit for the examination for registered dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Upon completion, students receive a Verification Statement for application to take the RD Exam. 

This pathway meets the same goals and ACEND competencies as traditional supervised practice programs. It is a good choice for students with DPD verification statements who were not matched in the DICAS process, and individuals with practice doctoral degrees. Dominican University also offers an ISPP remote program for students who live outside of the Chicagoland area. Students in the ISPP remote program are required to secure their own rotation sites and preceptors. In order to do this successfully, the student must be a proven self-starter and adept at self-directed learning. The ISPP remote program is highly selective because of its limited number of annual seats.

Upon successful completion of an ISPP program, students will be eligible to take the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians to become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). ISPP program, students will be eligible to take the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians to become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). 

The Nutrition and Dietetics ISPP certificate program at Dominican University is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):ISPP certificate program at Dominican University is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
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Certificate Requirements

In order to be admitted into this program, students must have a DPD verification statement (completed within the past 5 years) and have not matched in the DICAS process or be an individual with a practice doctoral degree. Based on their previous professional experience, students may be assessed on their competence and knowledge learned from those experiences. The process for assessing and granting credit for prior learning involves completing a competency evaluation form packet with appropriate signatures from former supervisors or professors.DPD verification statement (completed within the past 5 years) and have not matched in the DICAS process or be an individual with a practice doctoral degree. Based on their previous professional experience, students may be assessed on their competence and knowledge learned from those experiences. The process for assessing and granting credit for prior learning involves completing a competency evaluation form packet with appropriate signatures from former supervisors or professors.

Courses

NUTR 501 Community Nutrition Supervised Practice: This course will include 300 hours of supervised experiences. Students will observe and practice developing programs and services that promote consumer health, wellness and lifestyle management to individuals and groups. Students will become aware of food support programs and will practice developing materials that address issues of affordability and accommodate the cultural diversity and health needs of various age groups and populations.

NUTR 502 Community Nutrition Seminar: This seminar will address issues regarding nutrition needs during pregnancy, lactation, infancy and childhood. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of assessing nutritional needs of communities. Students will become familiar with multicultural nutrition practices in a variety of ethnic populations.

NUTR 503 Clinical Nutrition Supervised Practice: This course will include 300 hours of supervised experiences. Students will observe, simulate and practice performing the Nutrition Care Process for individuals and populations of differing ages and health status. Students will practice with patients/clients with a variety of medical conditions including weight management, diabetes, and cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal disease. Students will learn how to establish collaborative relationships with patients, clients, health care professionals and administrators.

NUTR 504 Clinical Nutrition Seminar: This seminar will address issues regarding nutrition needs during adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics. Skills will be developed and reinforced on the utilization of standardized language for performing the Nutrition Care Process. The process will include nutritional assessment, diagnosis of nutrition problems, planning and implementing nutrition interventions, and monitoring and evaluating the impact of interventions.

NUTR 505 Management Supervised Practice: This course will include 300 hours of supervised experiences. Students will have experiences related to strategic application of principles of management and systems in the procurement, production, distribution and service to individuals and organizations. Under supervision, they will perform management functions related to safety, security and sanitation that affect employees, customers, patients, facilities and food. Students will develop a business plan for a product, program or service. Students will participate in projects obtaining and analyzing financial data to assess budget controls and maximize fiscal outcomes.

NUTR 506 Nutrition Management Seminar: Students will become aware of public policy activities including both legislative and regulatory initiatives. Students will learn to complete documentation that follows professional guidelines, guidelines required by health care systems and guidelines required by various practice settings. Students will be introduced to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

NUTR 507 Supervised Practice of Special Interest: Students will spend 300 hours in either a clinical, community, or management setting to be developed under the supervision of the Program Director. Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate scientific information and research into practice in one area of dietetics. Students will conduct a research project using appropriate research methods, ethical procedures and statistical analysis. They will select appropriate indicators and measures to be able to demonstrate achievement of clinical, programmatic, quality, productivity, economic or other outcomes.

NUTR 508 Graduate Nutrition Seminar: Students will practice the application of evidence-based guidelines, systemic reviews and scientific literature in the nutrition care process model and other areas of dietetic practice. Students will demonstrate professional writing skills in preparing professional communications. Students will participate in preparation and review activities for the Registered Dietitian (RD) examination.

Application Process

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