Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP)

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

The ISU Dietetic Internship determines the number of positions available following the DICAS match.

ACEND policies for Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways allow the following individuals to apply:


Graduates who did not match but possess a DPD verification statement

Preference for ISPP is given to applicants who have applied to the ISU Dietetics Internship and were not matched.

The ISU Dietetic Internship will contact applicants who ranked favorably during the review process for potential ISPP.  If you are being considered for an ISPP the dietetics internship will contact you within 3 weeks of the original match date.

Individuals who did not match in match cycles that occurred prior to the beginning of the ISPP option must apply via DICAS and not match in order to be eligible.

Individuals holding a doctoral degree

The ISU Dietetics Internship will provide the ISPP opportunity to those possessing doctoral degrees (DPD verification statement not required.)

Applicants must provide a transcript showing a PhD degree and must provide preceptor and facility information including facility and preceptor forms and affiliation agreements.

ISPP Guidelines

  • Complete page 1 & 2 of the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Application Form and submit with $75 application fee; make checks out to “ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition” and mail materials to the address listed on our Contact Information page.  Allow three weeks for review and decision.

  • Provide transcripts showing Bachelor’s degree conferred and PhD conferred.

  • Provide current CV.

  • Complete Prior Assessed Learning forms.  Prior Assessed Learning credit will be determined by Program Director.  This information is used to determine individual program requirements.
  • Provide two recommendations using the Academy Recommendation Form.

  • Provide proposed schedule that includes:  facility and preceptor forms and affiliation agreements.

  • Write a 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.

  • ISPP candidates will have the same requirements for successful completion as other interns.

Applications will be reviewed by Program Director and review committee.  You may be contacted for a phone interview.

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 workshop.

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 Pre-MNT Workshop either on-site or via distance education.  You will be required to read and indicate your understanding by signing the memorandum of understanding.

Total cost for this pathway is $75 application fee plus minimum $5325- $8000 workshop and processing costs.  Once your materials are reviewed and accepted, you will receive a link to register for this workshop via email.  Payment in full via credit card is due upon registration.


Please contact if you are interested in the ISPP and meet the eligibility requirements.