Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

The Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) program is designed to grant credit towards supervised experiential learning hours and/or projects based on the qualified applicant’s knowledge and learning, as demonstrated through prior paid work or volunteer experiences. Students who have 2 years of experience working in the field of dietetics or 3-5+ years working in a professional setting should consider applying.

To receive credit towards supervised experiential learning hours and/or projects, students may submit a portfolio documenting how their prior work/volunteer experience helped them meet the competencies required for an entry-level dietetics practitioner as outlined by ACEND.  A PLAR application form-Example provides you with the suggested level of detail required when completing the application form. The portfolio must contain:

  • A completed PLAR application form.
  • Samples of projects, reports, presentations, and professional practice that demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the area of dietetics for which PLAR credit is requested.
  • Evidence that shows/demonstrates advanced knowledge and skill, not just work history.

PLAR application and portfolio submission deadlines are available in the welcome and resource course in Canvas.