The on-line track will enroll 20 interns per year. For this track, interns enroll as non-credit / non-degree students. The on-line interns locate their own rotation sites, and plan their own schedules prior to enrolling in the internship, similar to ACEND’s Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPPs).
See “Program Planning for On-line Interns” page.
In addition, on-line track internship applicants must also submit a supplemental application directly to the Internship Director, describing the rotation sites that she/he has identified for supervised practice and the contact information for the prospective preceptor(s) at those sites. All rotation sites to be utilized by on-line interns will be required to execute an affiliation agreement with the CUNY GSPHHP. Preceptors will be reviewed as per Internship policy.
The on-line track is designed to facilitate individuals holding the New York State Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) credential to evaluate their learning needs and to engage in supervised practice activities to complete the requirements for transition to the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
According to information on the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions website, http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/diet/dietlic.htm (accessed 1/12/17) the criteria for the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist credential are as follows:
Education: You must have completed a program in dietetics-nutrition leading to the baccalaureate degree or a higher academic credential that is, at the time you completed the program, registered by the New York State Education Department as qualifying for certification in dietetics-nutrition or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), or is the equivalent of such a program. The program must include at least 45 semester hours of course work in the professional dietetics/nutrition content area and have at least 20 semester hours of course work in the human biological sciences and social and behavioral sciences content area.
Experience: You must have completed one-half of a full-time equivalent year of planned work experience (800 hours), which could have been a structured part of your educational program. Otherwise, the experience must have followed the completion of your educational program. Planned work experience means continuous work experience in dietetics-nutrition, which reflects increased levels of professional growth and is under the supervision of a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist or someone who is registered by or a member of a national dietetic or nutrition association acceptable to the New York State Education Department. To qualify, the experience must include: assessing nutrition needs and food patterns, planning for and directing the provision of food appropriate for physical and nutrition needs, and providing nutrition counseling.
According to CDR, (personal communication 4/22/16) “an individual who has successfully completed the registration examination for dietitians for licensure purposes only may become registered after completing the supervised practice program without retaking the examination provided they complete the supervised practice requirements within five years of successful completion of the examination for licensure. If they took the examination and passed it for licensure purposes more than 5 years ago they must take it again upon completion of the dietetic internship program. Those who were grandfathered in as CDNs without being an RD have to complete all registration eligibility requirements and pass the examination before they can become an RD. The state board would have to determine whether or not a grandfathered CDN could be processed to take the examination for licensure purposes only.”
Documentation of learning experiences completed for the CDN credential will be evaluated for consistency with current ACEND learning objectives through the Internship’s policy and procedure mechanism for Prior Assessed Learning (PAL). Directions for PAL Application
Dr Gaba has completed the Prior Learning Assessment course offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The authors of this continuing professional education unit clearly describe the value of including this mechanism for assigning credit in DPD and DI programs as follows:
“Today, one of the fastest growing segments of students in higher education is the non-traditional student. These students who are entering our dietetic programs often bring to the classroom knowledge and experience that have not been obtained in the conventional classroom or a supervised practice setting. Through assessment of this prior learning, university faculty members are able to evaluate previous knowledge and experience as it impacts learning and provide academic credit.
Dietetic programs are striving to meet the growing need for Registered Dietitians; Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is an innovative way to allow students to demonstrate their learning through their life experiences. Higher retention rates for these students have been shown to result in better graduation rates and overall student success which benefits the institution and the profession. Also, students often seek out programs that are willing to work with them to recognize their past experiences, and award credit for their learning.
An example might be a female student in her mid-forties who has been a dietary manager for 15 years. For didactic coursework, she could be awarded academic credit for food production courses that she took as a dietary manager. For supervised practice, she may be given credit for her work experiences as a manager of a long-term care foodservice operation.”
Because interns completing this track are likely to complete their Internship requirements in much less time than interns in the traditional track, they will enroll on a non-credit basis. For the same reason, class completion reports will be submitted twice yearly for this track (fall and spring), and interns may be admitted to this track twice yearly as well, up to the maximum approved by ACEND.
This innovative approach will allow non-traditional interns to participate in a Dietetic Internship who may not otherwise be able to do so, and thus encourage individuals who have shown commitment to a career in nutrition and dietetics to enhance their practice capabilities through obtaining the Registered Dietitian credential.