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About Rotations

Clinical Nutrition Rotations

This rotation may be completed at one or two facilities. If you are using two facilities, you must spend a minimum of two weeks at one of them. At least six weeks of the clinical rotation must be completed at an inpatient facility. These facilities may include, but are not limited to, hospitals (excluding psychiatric and eating disorder programs), extended care or long term care facilities with onsite acute rehab units, rehabilitation facilities (excluding substance abuse programs), outpatient facilities and or health centers which primarily deliver MNT and utilize the Nutrition Care Process. During this rotation there is a two-week maximum in renal dialysis units due to the need to get a broad exposure to different diagnoses and age groups and a two-week maximum in outpatient facilities and health centers.

Prerequisites

Pre Supervised Practice Orientation

Rotation Location(s)

This rotation may be completed at one facility (for 8 weeks) or two facilities (for 4 weeks each) which may include, but are not limited to, hospitals, extended care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient facilities (2 weeks only), and health centers (2 weeks only) . The time frame may be adjusted with approval of the Program Director if the Intern has an opportunity to spend time  in a renal unit during this rotation (2 week maximum at the end of the rotation). At least six weeks of the clinical rotation must be completed at an inpatient facility.

Preceptors

All Preceptors in the Clinical rotation must be Registered Dietitians (RD/RDN). Nutrition Care Process and MNT activities must be supervised by an RD/RDN.

Supervised Practice Hours

320 hours (8 weeks)

Community Rotations

Interns practice providing community-based nutrition services which may include nutrition assessment, counseling, education, and project related time management. Interns also learn about government program guidelines and policies. Interns will promote good health and wellness through nutrition education.

Prerequisites

Pre Supervised Practice Orientation

Rotation Location(s)

This rotation may be completed at up to two sites which may include, but is not limited to, outpatient facilities, nutrition practices (under specific circumstances) and health centers, community nutrition services that may be found in departments of public health, hospital and clinic outreach programs, social service agencies, community centers, or government-funded public health programs outpatient dialysis units (maximum two weeks with an RDN preceptor), public school systems, and sites that have programs for school-aged children such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, YWCA (4 week max), which have a full time nutrition component.  The setting must be a fixed location that provides ongoing services in order to provide interns with adequate experiences. If you are using two sites, you must spend a minimum of two weeks at one of them. Although not required, it is recommended that interns practice in a facility that offers one or more government-funded health programs such as WIC,(4 weeks max) Head Start (2 weeks max), Cooperative Extension, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP), or SNAP-ED. Rotations in private practices are not allowed in the community rotation.

Outpatient Renal Units (max 2 weeks)

Other potential locations would include public school systems. Other types of locations are community centers or programs that have programs for school-aged children such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, YWCA (4 week max).

Preceptors

Credentialed (i.e. academic degree) or licensed health care or social service providers who meet professional requirements for the area(s) in which they are responsible must supervise interns and serve as preceptors for this rotation. Preceptors may include registered dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, other social service providers or  administrators. The preceptor must be working in the capacity of a community- based nutrition administrator, educator and/or provider.  If activities involve the Nutrition Care Process or MNT, preceptor must be an RD/RDN.

Supervised Practice Hours

320 hours (8 weeks)

Food Service Rotations

The Food Service Rotation focuses on aspects of producing and delivering nutrition and food, including procurement, storage, preparation, delivery and customer service. Interns complete activities involving sanitation audits, HACCP Guidelines, menu planning, customer service, and management activities.  The activities in  this rotation include practical hands-on practice to prepare for entry- level management responsibilities.

Prerequisites

Pre Supervised Practice Orientation

Rotation Location(s)

This rotation may be spent at up to two sites and requires a facility or facilities with a retail/institutional cafeteria or food service operation whose activities include procurement through delivery and service functions. These kinds of settings can usually be found in hospitals, food service companies, long-term care, or residential facilities, colleges and universities, and public school systems. It is important that the intern has a combination of facilities planned that can support all of the required activities. While experience in a school food service is not required, it is beneficial. If you are using two sites, you must spend a minimum of two weeks at one of them.

Preceptors

Credentialed (academic degree) individual(s) experienced in planning, overseeing and managing institutional and/or patient food services must supervise the intern and serve as preceptor for this rotation at the level of Director or Food Service Manager.

Supervised Practice Hours

320 hours (8 weeks)

Elective Rotations

ELECTIVE ROTATION SITES SHOULD BE CHOSEN AFTER THE START OF THE INTERNSHIP.

In this rotation the Intern may choose to return to a previous site for more in depth experience or the Intern may arrange a new site with approval from the Program Director, which approval will be given after the second rotation. 

During this rotation most assignments and projects related to the Intern’s chosen Concentration area; either The Business of Nutrition or The Management of Food and Nutrition Services will be completed. While these projects are completed during this time frame, they are not related to the location at which the Intern completes the Elective rotation. Private practice sites must meet criteria which will be discussed at orientation.

Private practice sites must meet very specific criteria which will be discussed at orientation and placement is at the discretion of the Program Director.

Prerequisites

Clinical, Community and Food Service Rotations

Rotation Location(s)

This rotation may be completed at one facility through which the Intern has previously rotated at or at a completely new site. An Intern may not spend the elective rotation at a dialysis facility due to the limitations on practice resulting from Medicare regulations. 

Preceptors

The Preceptor will be determined based on the nature of the Rotation.

Supervised Practice Hours

240 hours (6 weeks)