The University of Hawai‘i Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) 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). 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, can apply for ISPP. Upon completion of the ISPP program, graduates are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. ISPP interns complete nearly 1200 hours of supervised practice, working both remotely and in-person with Dietetic professionals in clinical, food service and community health- clinic settings. As the only ISPP in the Pacific Region, the program promotes education of students in Hawaii’s multicultural environment, service in a variety of community settings, and participation in various professional organizations. Graduates pursue careers as Registered Dietitians in long- term care facilities, community nutrition programs, and hospital settings, helping to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities through food and nutrition education. Questions about the program should be directed to Monica Esquivel at email@example.com.
- 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, seminar 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
- Interns meet all ACEND required competencies for entry level practice as an RDN.
- Interns will develop a community nutrition education program grant proposal aimed at improving the nutrition, health or wellness of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or Filipino populations.
- Interns will complete the Supervised Practice (SP) within 15 months (150% of the program length).
- Of the graduates who seek employment, 80% will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of completing the Supervised Practice.
- 100% of graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- 100% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year of first attempt.
- 80% of graduates will become employed in a professionally related position in Hawai‘i and/or the US Affiliated Pacific.
- Graduates will complete a community experience unique to Hawai'i.
- 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 that meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and possesses 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 GPA 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.