Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

AN ALTERNATIVE SUPERVISED PRACTICE PATHWAY

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 Nutritionist (RDN) 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 Tucson Track has an emphasis in community food systems and agriculture. Distance interns are able to choose an emphasis area in Medical Nutrition Therapy or Community Nutrition, based on their interests and opportunities for training in their home community. 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.

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.

PROGRAM MISSION AND GOALS:

The mission of the program is to provide foundation knowledge and skills in dietetics and successfully prepare competent graduates for supervised and entry-level practice as dietitians in the state and the nation.

The ISPP provides students a quality education for entry into supervised practice, graduate school, or the workforce in nutrition or a related field.

  • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
  • 80% of ISPP Interns complete program / degree requirements within 150% of the program length.
  • 90% of ISPP Interns will be employed in the fiend of nutrition and dietetics within one year of completing the program.
  • 80% of ISPP Interns rate the overall quality of the program as "Excellent" or "Good."

The ISPP Program provides students with 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.

  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • 80% of ISPP Interns complete program/degree requirements within 150% of the program length.
  • 90% of ISPP interns will be employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics within one year of completing the program.
  • 80% of ISPP Interns will rate the overall quality of the program as “Excellent” or “Good”.

PROGRAM ADMISSION:

UA DPD graduates are given preference when applying for the UA ISPP program. Consideration will be given to strong applicants who are not graduates of the UA DPD program for the Distance Track. A selection committee will select interviews based on a review of their application packet and in-person interview. All application dates and deadlines will be made available on the ISPP program website. 

COMPUTER MATCHING:

The UA ISPP program does not participate in computer matching.

ACCREDITATION

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.

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CONTACT:

Kaydi Williams, RDN
ISPP Coordinator
kaydiwilliams@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-1404

Kayle Skorupski, MS, RDN-AP, CSG, CNSC
ISPP Coordinator
kayleskorupski@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-1396