Local ISPP Program

Our program’s philosophy is to promote the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ dedication to the values-centered intellectual development. Therefore, our program strives to recruit and serve a diversified community as well as promote an appreciation for service to the community and our profession. The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) meets the same ACEND requirements as traditional pathways such as coordinated programs in dietetics and dietetic internships. To qualify for the ISPP, students must have a bachelor's degree, a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program and must not have received a match through the formal internship matching process (DICAS/D&D Digital). This ISPP certificate program enables students to complete all requirements necessary to become an entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the integration of didactic instruction and a minimum of 1000* hours of supervised practice with a cultural diversity in child nutrition emphasis. The 1000 hours of field experience are divided between community, clinical, food service management, and specialty rotation sites.  All supervised practice experiences are arranged by Dominican University and are located within a 50 mile radius of our campus.  All classes are taken in person at our River Forest campus. Upon satisfactory completion, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information about our local ISPP program, please review our Coordinated and Local ISPP Programs Student Handbook (pdf).

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACEND has temporarily reduced the minimum number of required supervised practice hours to no less than 1000 hours through June 30, 2022.

Remote ISPP Program

In addition to the local ISPP program content above, students in the remote ISPP 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. This pathway is designed for students who cannot attend our River Forest campus. To qualify for our remote ISPP program, the student must have a permanent residence more than 100 miles away from Dominican University. For program philosophy and outcomes, please refer to the local ISPP program. To learn more about the remote ISPP program and program cost, or for information about how to apply, please contact Carol Garcia at cgarcia@dom.edu .


All Dominican University Coordinated and ISPP Programs in Dietetics are accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) an agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy). Upon satisfactory completion of these program requirements, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Information about accreditation status can be obtained from:

Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1 (800) 877-1600 ext 5400
Website: https://eatright.org/acend

Requirements and Process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree at a university or college accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) and received a verification statement of completed requirements. Beginning January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Complete an ACEND accredited dietetic coordinated program, internship or individualized supervised practice pathway (ISSP).
  • Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 
  • Secure licensure in your practicing state (if applicable). The state of Illinois requires all Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to be licensed.
  • Maintain professional continuing education requirements.

For additional information on program test completion, pass rates, and progress on program goal outcomes, please visit Dominican University consumer information.

Find out which program is best for you! Check out our pathways (pdf) to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Dominican University.