ISPP Dietetic Internship Program
The University of Arizona offers an ISPP track for Tucson-based interns and distance interns. Only Alumni of the UA DPD program are considered for the Tucson track. Applicants who did not complete the DPD program at UA are only eligible for the Distance track.
The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) is an alternative supervised practice pathway which, upon completion, allows graduates of DPDs to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. The UA ISPP program is accredited through Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and requires a minimum of 1400 hours of supervised practice hours with rotations in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service, and others. The UA ISPP program has an emphasis in medical nutrition therapy. The Nutritional Sciences Department facilitates the program but interns must be self-directed and disciplined. It is up to the intern to communicate with rotation preceptors and coordinate completion of each rotation including all required competencies, projects, assignments and administrative paperwork.
Tucson Track: 6 Interns Distance Track: 6 Interns
Important Documents for Prospective ISPP Applicants:
- Internship Application Guide 2017- Includes costs, requirements, important dates, etc.
- DPD/ISPP Student Handbook
- DPD Requirements Worksheet
- Memorandum of Understanding Template
- Work Experience Calculation Form
- Volunteer Experience Calculation Form
- Distance Application Form
PROGRAM MISSION AND GOALS
Program Mission: The mission of the program is to provide the foundation knowledge and skills in dietetics, and successfully prepare competent graduates for supervised and entry-level practice as dietitians in the state and nation.
Goal #1: The program will provide students a quality education for entry into supervised practice, graduate school, or the workforce in nutrition or a related field.
Goal #2: The program will provide students’ experiential learning opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and beliefs to be successful in supervised practice, graduate school, or the workforce in nutrition or a related field.
*Program outcomes data are available upon request.
|April 2||Notification Day – match results posted through D & D Digital (www.dnddigital.com)|
|April 3||Appointment Day – matched applicants must contact dietetic internship to confirm intent to attend program|
|April 6||Names of dietetic internship programs that did not fill their class and authorized the release of their name
will appear on www.dnddigital.com. Applicants who did not match may contact Dietetic Internship Directors.
|April 10||ISPP application packet due to program coordinator. Incomplete packets will not be reviewed.|
|April 20-21||Top applicants contacted to schedule interviews|
|April 24-28||Applicant interviews|
|May 1||Applicants notified of selection decision for ISPP|
|May 15-19||Administrative Orientation - Proof of immunizations, professional liability insurance and background check fee due
* 1 day during this week will be selected for the Administrative orientation
|June 1||Program fee due - $10,000|
|August 2-3||Mandatory ISPP Orientation|
|August 7||Tentative start date of ISPP rotations|
The UA ISPP program does not participate in computer matching.
The University of Arizona Didactic Program in Dietetics, which includes the ISPP program, is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL
60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400
Ashlee Linares-Gaffer, MS, RD
Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC