Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways

Iowa State University ISPP is for holders of doctoral degrees, in nutrition or related fields, who desire to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) has approved Iowa State University (ISU) to participate in the individualized supervised practice pathway (ISPP). Knowledge will be assessed using Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) and knowledge assessment activities to determine which, if any, Foundation Knowledge Learning needs must be completed prior to starting supervised practice.  ISPP candidates have the same requirements for successful completion as other interns, with the exception of meeting the ISU Graduate College requirements. 

Note: Due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges, we are not accepting any applications with the anticipated Fall 2020 start date. You may apply in 2020, but the start date would be in January 2021 or later. 
Applicants in contact with the ISPP coordinator prior to May 2020, continue with your application and rotation schedule as planned.

ISPP application checklist

  • Complete online ISPP application
  • Pay $100 nonrefundable application fee (via credit card).
    • All application must be submitted at least four months prior to your anticipated start date, for review of application material and interview.
      • Final decision of acceptance will be made within three weeks of submitting all material.
    • You must start the program within 1 year of your initial application date. If you are unable to begin the program within one year, you will be required to re-apply, including resubmitting the application fee.

After completing the online application, you will receive additional information about how to submit your required documents electronically. If you do not receive an invitation within two business days, contact us.

Required application documents

(All files must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format)

  1. Application Essay: 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.
  2. Prior Assessed Learning application form (This information is used to determine individual supervised practice requirements) and complete a portfolio.
  3. Current CV
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Employer letter of support (if applicable)
  6. International applicants in the US on a visa are required to submit work/employment authorization or provide documentation of OPT status
  7. Transcripts showing doctoral degrees conferred
  8. DPD Verification Statement (if applicable)
  9. Communication (either email or letter) from the preceptor agreeing to precept you and the specific rotation
  10. Proposed schedule that includes: facility and preceptor information and rotation dates. Information on selecting your preceptors and facilities can be found by clicking on the “facility search” link on the right side of this page and then searching for facilities by state. Rotation specific information can be found here.

Note:  Your actual start date is determined by completion of affiliation agreements needed with the facility. 

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive a link to register via email. Payment in full via credit card is due upon registration.

Program costs 

  • Application fee: $100, nonrefundable
  • Program fees: $9,000
    • Additional general expenses: $800 (may include cost of books, supplies, and other program requirements)

Grants and awards

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