If you have a PhD

Iowa State University has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) to participate in the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP).

ISPP opportunities for individuals holding a doctoral degree

The ISU Dietetic Internship will provide the ISPP opportunity to those possessing doctoral degrees (DPD verification statement not required).  If the PhD applicant does not have a DPD verification statement, knowledge will be assessed to determine which, if any, DPD Foundation Knowledge Learning needs to be completed prior to start of the program. ISPP candidates have the same requirements for successful completion as other interns.

Total cost for this pathway is a nonrefundable $100 application fee plus minimum $8,000 in program and processing costs.  Once your materials are reviewed and accepted, you will receive a link to register for this program via email.  Payment in full via credit card is due upon registration.

Applications will be reviewed by the Program Director and review committee.  You may be contacted for a phone interview.  If accepted to the “Professional Training in Dietetics Program”, total amount of supervised practice hours will be determined by the Program Director.  You will be required to complete a Professional Skills Workshop either on-site or via distance education. 

ISPP application checklist

  • Complete online ISPP application and pay $100 nonrefundable application fee (via credit card). Allow three weeks after all required materials have been uploaded for review and decision. Application must be completed 3 months prior to anticipated start date.

  • When the ISU DI program has received AND REVIEWED THE ABOVE you will receive an invitation to a CyBox folder with the subject line “Role Dietetic Internship has invited you to collaborate on Box”.  If you do not receive an invitation within 2 business days, contact diisu@iastate.edu.

  • Upload files to CyBox (location provided after acceptance). Access to this CyBox folder is for 3 months only.  All files must be submitted in this time period and in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

    • Transcripts showing Bachelor’s degree conferred and PhD conferred

    • DPD Verification Statement (if applicable)

    • Current CV

    • Prior Assessed Learning application form (Prior Assessed Learning credit will be determined by Program Director.  This information is used to determine individual program requirements.)

    • Two letters of recommendation

    • 750 word essay about why you desire to become an RDN, what you will use RDN credential for, and how previous skill set/research complements RDN credential.

    • Proposed schedule that includes:  facility and preceptor forms and affiliation agreements. Information on selecting your preceptors and facilities can be found on our website along with a page to search for facilities by state.

    • Note: Finalized schedule must be completed 2 months prior to anticipated start date. Your actual start date is determined by submission and completion of required paperwork including affiliation agreements needed with the facility. You will not start in your facility until all required paperwork, including affiliation agreements, is in place.

Grants and Awards

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation provides awards and grants to support individuals with doctorates seeking to become RDNs.


Please contact diisu@iastate.edu if you are interested in the ISPP for PhD and meet the eligibility requirements.