Prior Assessed Learning (PAL)
The Iowa State University Dietetics Internship participates in the Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) program recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This program is designed to grant internship credit in specific rotations of the internship based on the qualified applicant’s previous life experiences including work, volunteer, achievement, education, or family responsibilities. Typically, the individual qualifying for this credit has significant, relevant work or life experiences.
To be considered, the applicant must:
Be sure to read all of the PAL web pages. While you may have plenty of work or life experiences, keep in mind that you must be able to demonstrate or prove that what you claim to have learned or achieved meets the competencies required for an entry-level dietetic practitioner as outlined by the Academy. PAL credit is not given simply for experience or college coursework.
The following requirements apply to you regardless of the amount of PAL credit for which you may qualify:
The internship director or designee will:
Credit is granted only for learning, not for experience. In order to identify the equivalent credit hours for your PAL request, the evaluator will be looking for academic value in your portfolio. Not every experience will be worth academic credit, but that does not devalue the experience. There is a difference in “skill-oriented” learning and “theoretical” learning.
After evaluation of your application, credit may be granted in the following areas:
If you have questions or concerns or need further clarification, or if you think you qualify, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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