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Course Description

 

College/Department

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Science

Program Name

Didactic Program in Dietetics: Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

The University of Hawai‘i Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway provides the foundational knowledge and skills in dietetics for successful preparation of students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’(CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Additionally, the ISPP has an emphasis on community nutrition and an appreciation for the unique cultural environment of Hawai‘i and the US- Affiliated Pacific Region. Questions about the program should be directed to the Coordinator, Monica Esquivel at monicake@hawaii.edu.

About this program

ISPP, within the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and fulfills the supervised practice requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). 

The only ISPP in the Pacific Region, the program is focused on Hawai'i’s unique community and promotes student learning and service in a variety of multicultural environments. ISPP interns complete nearly 1,200 hours of supervised practice, working both remotely and in-person with Dietetic professionals in clinical, food service, and community health center settings. 

Interns  complete the Supervised Practice (SP) within 15 months (150% of the program length), and upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Who will benefit

  • Students seeking to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities through food and nutrition education.
  • Students transitioning from the undergraduate dietetic curriculum to working as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist professionals in long-term care facilities, community nutrition programs, hospitals, other settings.
  • Graduates with a minimum of a bachelor's degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement who participated in the DICAS matching process and were not matched,

Possible Career Outcomes

  • The ISPP provides DPD graduates with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of food and nutrition science and to acquire competencies needed to practice dietetics in a variety of settings. 
  • Interns meet all ACEND required competencies for entry- level practice as RDNs.
  • Interns develop a community nutrition education program grant proposal aimed at improving the nutrition, health, or wellness of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Filipino populations.
  • Students develop flexibility, initiative and resourcefulness, creative problem solving and technology skills, and the ability to work well with others.   

Certification

  • The Commission on Dietetic Registration provides information about  Registered Dietitian (RD) Certification
  • The RD Exam is a National examination. It consists of 125-145 multiple- choice questions that cover 4 domains in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Who should attend 

Individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)  and possessing a DPD Verification Statement.
  •  Evidence of not being matched to a Dietetic Internship Program. Students who turned down an Internship Program are not eligible.
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.  A GPA of 4.0 is desired.  Lower GPAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Relevant work experience beyond that required for undergraduate course requirements (may be paid or volunteer).
  • A Medical Nutrition Therapy course completed no more than four years prior to the application to the UHM ISPP.

Application link

Program phone number: (808) 956-8691

Program email address: monicake@hawaii.edu

Program website

Course Outline

  • ISPP Interns have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from their Didactic Programs in Dietetics to the professional environment to attain entry-level competency as an RDN
  • Interns present and discuss assignments on current topics relevant to the practice of nutrition and dietetics through supervised practice hours, seminars, and simulation experiences.
  • Interns attend and participate in professional dietetics meetings.
  • Interns participate in clinical, food service, and educational rotations under the supervision of preceptors to fulfill supervised practice requirements.

Learner Outcomes

  • The ISPP provides DPD graduates with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of food and nutrition science and to acquire competencies needed to practice dietetics in a variety of settings.
  • Interns meet all ACEND- required competencies for entry level practice as an RDN.
  • Interns develop a community nutrition education program grant proposal aimed at improving the nutrition, health, or wellness of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Filipino populations
  • Students develop flexibility, initiative and resourcefulness, creative problem solving, technology skills, and the ability to work well with others. 
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Section Title
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway Spring Term
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jan 04, 2021 to May 14, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
38.0
Course Fee(s)
In-State Rate non-credit $6,100.00
Out-of-State Rate non-credit $8,200.00
Section Notes
There will be 19 meetings and 38 contact hours during the Spring term. 
Section Title
Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway 2020 Summer Term
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
May 17, 2021 to Sep 10, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
34.0
Course Fee(s)
In-State Rate non-credit $6,100.00
Out-of-State Rate non-credit $8,200.00
Section Notes
There will be 17 meetings and 34 contact hours during the Summer term. 
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