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What do you look for in an intern?
What is a graduate certificate? Is it the same as a master’s degree? Can the credits count towards a master’s degree?
When is the application deadline?
What is your first-time pass rate? How many interns successfully complete the program?
How much does the internship cost?
How does the tuition and fees expenses of this internship compare to others?
Can I do my internship part-time?
I know the internship plans for a minimum of 1200 hours, so should I schedule to be at these facilities 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday? Also, do the timings matter (8-5, 9-5, etc.)?
Can I come and visit campus?
What is Staff Relief?
What is the intern option?
I have a question regarding the references, it says to provide contact information from (2) professors and (1) supervisor. I have significant work and volunteer experience. Can I use references from work, volunteer, and school?
Would it be acceptable for me to use professors from my Master’s program rather than my DPD Program?
Can I have a potential preceptor write a letter of recommendation?
How many interns are accepted into the Iowa-Based locations? How many into the Nationwide locations? International?
When will I be notified regarding an interview?
Do you recommend working during the internship?
How much time will the internship require from my daily life?
Can I receive financial aid through the university?
Can I defer my payment of fees and tuition? Or pay it in installments?
Is student housing available on the ISU campus?
Is there a stipend for preceptors? Can they get paid for precepting me?
I want to do my internship where I live now and not in Iowa. Is that possible?
What if I don’t want to complete the Graduate Certificate because I already have a Masters degree?
I have significant work experience. Can I use this experience to meet the 2012 ACEND competencies?
Remember that you must identify and document any experiences claimed in the PAL forms and these experiences must show progressively complex and intricate abilities, knowledge, understanding, and skills.
What is the application fee?
I submitted my application materials but found out I cannot complete the program at this time. Can I get my money back?
I am a student with an F-1 Visa; can I apply to your program? Because the ISU DI is a distance program, students with an F-1 Visa are not eligible.
If I am accepted, what town would I fly into? Where would I stay?
I am from out of state, how often will I have to travel to Iowa?
Do I need to set up my specific schedule before I am accepted into the internship?
For the Nationwide Location Application it states the completed Rotation Schedule and Summary Page should be uploaded during the DI online application process. How do I do this?
I have been in contact with a possible preceptor who has worked with ISU before. She said she has filled out the preceptor and facility application before. Is it OK to not include again?
Do I have to follow the suggested rotation schedule or can I start rotations as they are available at my precepting sites?
I spoke with a couple of my preceptors and they are wondering if I will have to strictly follow the rotation schedule or it would be okay to juggle the rotations around to accommodate staff schedule? The MNT preceptor would prefer all my MNT rotations were completed at one time. Is this OK?
Can the entire community rotation be completed at WIC or does it have to be completed in different public health facilities?
Can I complete a portion of my Community Rotation in a grocery store?
Can I work in a school district for the entire rotation for food service management rotation? Can this be a private school?
I am not clear about the requirement for the 1 week specific rotation requirement in clinical/LTC food service management. Is this clinical or long term care, the intern picks one? Would doing several weeks in a clinical inpatient setting satisfy this requirement?
I have found a hospital that has agreed to take me as an intern and they are currently in the process of filling out the proper forms, but they have asked me to go ahead and complete a drug screen and background check. I know that ISU performs a background check as well. How should I proceed?
What qualifications do my preceptors need?
Do all of the recommended areas have to be met for MNT rotations, or just most of them?
If I will be performing a specialist rotation (Renal, Pediatrics, etc.) under the sister facility of the primary MNT facility, do I have to still have my preceptor fill out the facility and the preceptor forms for that?
I want to do my rotations in Minnesota but don’t know if they allow the distance ed there.
I am applying for the Nationwide and Nationwide-International internship locations. How should I handle my preceptor and facility forms?
When do I make travel arrangements for the international rotation?
Who gets my transcripts?
Is there a bus system in Ames?
Where can I stay in Ames during Pre-MNT Workshop Week?
How do I register to be a student at Iowa State University?
How do I obtain a student ID card?
What is a NetID?
I got married during the internship. How do I change my name?
Trouble shooting information:
Do I need to register for classes?
Do I need to have certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions (Bloodborne Pathogens)?
What browser works best with Blackboard Learn?
When on campus can I use the ISU rec facilities?
Do the interns have rotation objectives for their experiences?
How often are evaluations completed?
How many hours are expected at the facility each week?
How much orientation will the interns need?
How do interns prepare for the rotations?
What are your expectations of the interns?
Is there a stipend for preceptors? Can I get paid for precepting?
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