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). 

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). 

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Telephone: 800-877-1600 

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.

Proposed Academic Schedule
Fall Semester (credit hours)

NUTR 501 (1)
NUTR 502 (3)
NUTR 504 (3)

Spring Semester (credit hours)

NUTR 503 (1)
NUTR 505 (1)
NUTR 506 (3)
NUTR 509 (3)

Summer Semester (credit hours)

NUTR 507 (2)
NUTR 508 (3)


Visit the Dominican University Bulletin for course listings and descriptions.

How to Apply

The application deadline for the Fall semester is August 1; Spring semester, November 15

To apply, download, complete and submit the Nutrition Science and Dietetics ISPP application (pdf) along with the ISPP Checklist (pdf). Mail your completed application materials or hand deliver to:

Dominican University
Nutrition Science, Parmer Hall 102
Attn: Elisa D'Urso Fischer
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Upon acceptance into the program, complete the Dominican University online application using the instructions below:

  • Select Post-Baccalaureate Students Application
  • For program of interest, select ISPP Certificate

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