Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to fulfill the competencies to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) examination established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Supervised practice requires that the student meet the competencies outlined by ACEND in no less than 1,200 hours. Credit may be given for competencies achieved through prior work/life experience, thereby reducing the number of hours required if the competency has already been met. Students interested in applying for prior experience approval are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating knowledge, skills and competencies in the rotation they are applying for credit. Policy to Apply for Prior Experience can be obtained from the ISPP Coordinator.

A feature of the ISPP includes the flexibility for the student to complete the competencies either part-time or full-time. Students who would like to complete the ISPP on a part-time basis will register for two credits per term (the equivalent of 20 hours per week). Those completing the ISPP full-time will register for three credits per term (the equivalent of 40 hours per week). Students electing to complete the ISPP part-time must complete the program within two years, which is required by ACEND.

The ISPP program, designed to accommodate a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice rotations, is divided into three major areas of nutrition: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management and Community Nutrition. Rotation placement is determined by the Program Coordinator and selected Preceptors.

Program Eligibility

Drexel University’s Individual Supervised Practice Pathway allows the following individuals to apply: 1) graduates of Drexel University who possess a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement, and applied, but did not match to a dietetic internship, or 2) individuals holding a doctoral degree.

Important Dates for the 2014 to 2015 Academic Year

Application deadline: Friday, May 2, 2014
Orientation: Wednesday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 19, 2014
Friday, September 20, 2014

Admission Requirements

  1. Printed copy of your complete Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) application
    • Application must be complete and include grade point average (GPA), work experience and personal statement
  2. Current resume
  3. Short essay, 250 to 300 words, and double-spaced: Why are you an outstanding candidate for the Drexel University ISPP?
  4. Drexel University Faculty as a reference
  5. Application fee of $50.00. Checks can be made to Drexel University, Department of Nutrition Sciences
  6. Indicate preferred rotation schedule:
    • Full-time (40 hours per week)
    • Part-time (20 hours per week)
    • Summer start, full-time

Please enclose the application to the address below:
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Department of Nutrition Sciences
c/o Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD, LDN
Bellet Building
Mail Stop 1038
1505 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Clinical Compliance

During the time a student is in the Drexel University ISPP program, compliance with the regulations of our preceptor sites is mandatory. There is a compliance process that is required for every ISPP student. The compliance process includes the following information available under the Nutrition Sciences tab at:

Upon admission to the program, it is highly recommended that you start this process as soon as possible. A candidate may be denied admission to the program or participating facilities with questionable outcomes of any of the compliance documents. An intern who is unable to pass additional criminal background checks or drug screening will be denied or dismissed from the program without a refund in tuition.

Policies for Interviews
Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of interviewers including, but not limited to, current preceptors, Drexel University faculty and the ISPP Coordinator. The interview process determines site placement for each student.