Thank you for your willingness to serve as a preceptor to the ISU dietetic interns. This page offers key information relating to your role during the application process and the internship and your ISU orientation. We have also provided free continuing education opportunities for you.
Preceptor role in applications
Your involvement during the application process is critical to the intern's success in being selected for the internship.
Interns who apply for the nationwide or nationwide plus international location with the ISU DI must identify their preceptors prior to submitting their applications. There is not enough time between the match/acceptance date and the program start date to secure facilities and preceptors with whom the interns will work.
Information and requirements
- The experiences are planned according to a 6-month rotation schedule. View the sample schedules to see specific dates for each class, recommended duration and timeline.
- The ISU DI must know that you are willing to precept this person and what specific dates you've agreed will work. Complete the online preceptor commitment form to confirm this information. If needed, you may include a statement that this commitment is conditional upon specific requirements of the facility being met.
- An applicant's rotation schedule must show where the intern will accomplish all required supervised practice experiences and who will be providing those experiences.
- After match: Additional paperwork is required prior to the start of rotations. You and your facility may have already submitted these.
Appointments are tentative
All internship appointments are tentative until an Affiliation Agreement (Word) is completed and signed by the facility and the college after the applicant is selected to the internship.
Preceptor role during the internship
New interns to the ISU DI will contact you shortly after Match Day to let you know that they have matched to the ISU DI and to confirm the dates for their rotations with you. You can review the ISU Preceptor Training for an overview of our program.
For accreditation purposes, our program requires information about the facilities and preceptors be kept on file.
- Facility information: this is collected with each applicant's schedule. If we require additional information, it is requested after Match Day.
- Preceptor information: each preceptor providing experiences for the intern must complete our online Preceptor Commitment Form.
- Preceptor resume or CV:one for each preceptor emailed to our program. If you do not have a resume, a bio and list of your credentials will suffice.
- Affiliation Agreement:one must be completed prior to the intern's rotation and we typically start this process after Match Day. We prefer to use our ISU Dietetic Internship Affiliation Agreement (Word) but if your facility requires its own template, that can be emailed to our program.
ISU DI faculty are responsible for developing curriculum to ensure intern’s meet the 2017 ACEND® competencies (doc). Projects and assignments can be individualized per facility. We encourage the intern to facilitate a discussion of projects occurring in the facility that may meet ACEND® competencies.
Listed below are the specific assignments, assessments, discussions, and reflections to meet those competencies:
- Sample Community Nutrition Assignments (PDF)
- Sample Medical Nutrition Therapy Assignments (PDF)
- Sample Management Assignments (PDF)
Professional practice evaluation
During the supervised practice, preceptors are asked to complete formal and informal evaluations of the intern’s progress. This is done via an online evaluation form and the intern will provide you with the link to that form.
Preceptor benefit - free continuing professional education units
ISU Preceptor Orientation (1 free CPEU)
To help you prepare for your precepting experience, we provide you with a free online ISU preceptor orientation. This orientation provides an overview of our program including various internship locations, our online learning management system (Canvas), intern schedules and suggested rotations assignments, and precepting tips. You are welcome to share this training opportunity with other preceptors at your facility.
The online ISU preceptor orientation takes approximately one hour to complete. There are a few short videos to watch with places for comments/questions throughout. Complete the survey at the end to receive your 1 CPEU certificate.
Preceptor training videos
- Introduction to ACEND competencies Part 1
- Introduction to ACEND competencies Part 2
- Becoming a successful preceptor
- Frequently asked question
ISU Precepting (up to 3 free CPEUs)
By serving as a preceptor you are eligible for up to 3 CPEUs per year in the Leadership category (15 CPEUs per 5 year cycle). To receive credit for precepting ISU interns, you must use this link to receive a signed form for your records:
Additional trainings from ISU DI (1 free CPEU each)
- Nutrition Assessment: Malnutrition and Nutrition-Focused Physical Examination (NFPE) Training - ISU
- Clean Label Training (new March 2018 - includes 5 parts)
Available trainings from other sources
- If you are a new preceptor (or even a veteran preceptor), CDR offers an Online Dietetic Preceptor Training Course (earn 8 free CPEUs). Topics Include:
- Preparing for your role as a preceptor
- Planning for student learning
- Facilitating student learning
- Assessing student learning
- Communicating effectively
- Keeping current
- Guide to being an effective preceptor (NDEP webinar, 1 CPEU)