• ISPP (New!)

  • Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway

    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Dietetic Internship (PSF DI) has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to provide an ISPP. The PSF ISPP is designed to provide non-matched applicants with the 1200 supervised practice hours required on their route to becoming an RD. The program will focus on those candidates who hold a DPD verification statement, applied to the PSF Dietetic Internship and did not match.

    ISPP Overview:
    1. Applicants must have a DPD verification statement.
    2. Applicants must have applied to the PSF Dietetic Internship through the DICAS system in the most recent spring match and been unmatched to any supervised practice program.
    3. PSF Dietetic Internship Director reviews list of highly ranked unmatched applicants to determine who should be offered the ISPP opportunity. There is no additional application needed. See Selection Criteria and How to Apply for information on the initial application process.
    4. Qualified ISPP candidates will be contacted by the program director within 3 weeks of the second match to be offered a spot.
    5. PSF will provide sites and preceptors for the clinical and foodservice rotations (using Centura hospitals outside of Colorado Springs); selected ISPP interns must set up all community rotations.
    6. ISPPs will be awarded on a year-by-year basis considering the appropriateness of the applicants, the availability of supervised practice sites, and the capacity of the Internship Director to manage the additional interns. 

    Mission/Goals and Outcome Measures
    The mission of the PSF ISPP is to provide supervised practice learning experiences in order to prepare interns to be competent, entry-level registered dietitians. 
    Goals have been established that reflect the ultimate outcomes towards which the program's resources and efforts will be directed. Expected program outcomes with target measures have been established to assess achievement of program goals.
    The internship will:

    1. Graduate competent, entry-level dietetics practitioners.

      a) Ninety percent of the interns admitted to the DI will complete the program within 45 weeks (the DI is designed to be completed in 30 weeks; 45 weeks is 150% of the 
      planned time).

      b) Over a five-year period, a minimum of 80% of first-time test takers will pass the registration exam.

      c) Over a five-year period, a minimum of 80% of the responses from the annual employer survey will indicate that our graduates perform at an above average level.

    2. Produce graduates committed to the dietetics profession.

      a) Over a five-year period, a minimum of 70% of graduates who seek employment will be employed in dietetics-related fields within twelve months of graduation.
      b) Over a five-year period, a minimum of 70% of graduates will be active members of at least one professional organization.

    Academic Calendar/Schedule

    The ISPP is a full-time Dietetic Internship Program with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy. The program provides 1200 hours of supervised practice in all areas of dietetics: clinical, community and foodservice management. Interns are generally on duty 40 hours each week; there are no didactic classroom hours.  Additional time is required to complete assignments, readings and projects. The internship is designed to be completed in 30 weeks, but interns must complete all rotations within 45 weeks. The program typically starts in mid-September and is completed by the end of April. Each ISPP intern's rotation schedule will be personally designed based on facility preferences and preceptor schedules.


    Interns complete supervised practice experiences in a variety of facilities. ISPP interns will be placed in Centura hospitals (outside of Colorado Springs) for a 12-week clinical rotation (480 hours) and an 8-week foodservice management rotation (320 hours).

    Interns are responsible for setting up community rotation sites to include:

    An outpatient MNT rotation – 4 weeks (160 hours)
    A WIC rotation – 3 weeks (120 hours)
    A wellness rotation – 3 weeks (120 hours)

    Preceptors must be RDs with at least one year of experience. Affiliation agreements must be set up with the help of the Internship Director and in place prior to the start of each rotation.

    The program is planned to enable the student, under the guidance of the registered dietitian, to learn necessary skills, progressively assume greater responsibility and to be provided with opportunities to demonstrate competence. Learning experiences are based on the knowledge acquired through the didactic program.

    The curriculum fosters technical expertise in the areas of critical thinking, assertiveness, collaboration, public speaking, delegation, time management and writing.
    Development of good interpersonal skills is highly emphasized during the internship. Projects and assignments are planned to help students develop these skills.
    Satisfactory completion of all rotations of the PSF ISPP is required in order to receive a Verification Statement. Satisfactory completion is defined as completing all rotations without any "1" ratings ("unacceptable") or multiple "2" ratings ("satisfactory"). A detailed description of minimum/acceptable performance can be found in the intern handbook once accepted.

    Following successful completion of the program, students are eligible for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and are well prepared and eligible to complete the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

    Estimated Expenses
    • Tuition, $8000. Upon acceptance of an appointment as a dietetic intern, a $1000 non-refundable registration fee is required.  This portion of the fee secures the intern's position in the program. The remainder of the registration fee is due at the beginning of the program.
    • Student Academy Membership, $42. Student membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required.
    • Food production clothing, $200 - Black pants and non-slip shoes.  
    • Automobile insurance, variable. The intern must submit proof of insurance.
    • Professional Liability Insurance, $24. This can be purchased through the Academy.
    • Health Insurance, variable. The intern must submit proof of health insurance.
    • Professional meetings, $200. Interns are required to attend local and state professional meetings. Transportation to the meetings and registration costs must be paid by the intern. 
    • Textbooks and supplies, $250. Most learning materials are supplied by the program.
    • Academy membership and Registration Exam. At the end of the internship, the intern will make applications for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and for the Registration Exam.



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