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Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Dietetic Internship, has implemented the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) for up to three students to provide a complete curriculum with learning and practice opportunities to train future registered dietitian nutritionists. To qualify for this pathway, students must either:

  • Graduates who possess a DPD verification statement, and applied, but did not match to a dietetic internship, or
  • Individuals holding a doctoral degree with a DPD verification statement, or
  • Individuals holding a DPD verification statement dated within eight years if the applicant’s professional experience is at least three years.

This pathway gives students more options for educational experiences that make them eligible to sit for the registration exam to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RD/RDN). The Montclair State University ISPP is currently granted full accreditation by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60696-6995, 312-899-0040. To learn more about the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway, visit:

This pathway provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to acquire the competencies to sit for the Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) examination established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The main purpose of the ISPP is to train students to become qualified dietetics practitioners.

This pathway consists of a minimum of 1,223 supervised practice hours. Students rotate through the major areas of nutrition: Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service Management, and Community Nutrition, with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy.  The student is responsible for recruiting preceptors under the guidance of program faculty.

Credit may be given for competencies achieved through prior work/life experience, thereby reducing the number of hours required if the competency has already been met. Students interested in applying for prior experience approval are required to submit a packet demonstrating knowledge, skills and competencies in the rotation for which they are applying for credit. See the section titled Assessment of Prior Learning & Experience below for more information.

This pathway includes the flexibility for students to complete the competencies either part-time or full-time.  Students electing to complete the ISPP part-time must complete the program within 15 months.  ACEND requires program completion within 150% of program length.

Curriculums with indicated competencies for each rotation are provided to the student and preceptors. Planned learning activities are suggested within the curriculums to reduce the obligation of the preceptor.

ISPP Admission Consideration

Program Eligibility, Application Process and Selection Criteria

Montclair State University’s Individual Supervised Practice Pathway allows the following individuals to apply:

  • Graduates who possess a DPD verification statement, and applied, but did not match to a dietetic internship, or
  • Individuals holding a doctoral degree with a DPD verification statement, or
  • Individuals holding a DPD verification statement dated within eight years if the applicant’s professional experience is at least three years.

Application deadline: All applications must be submitted by May 1, approximately three weeks after DICAS notification day, which is the first Monday in April.

Students must apply to the program by sending the following information to the ISPP Coordinator or DI Director, by the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed for consideration.

Application packets must include:

  1. Printed copy of your complete Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) application inclusive of your overall GPA, DPD GPA and Sciences GPA; DPD verification statement, relevant experience (work or volunteer), honors and awards
  1. A copy of your non-match from D&D Digital
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Short essay, less than 300 words, double-spaced, in response to the following questions:
  • Why are you an outstanding candidate for the Montclair State University (MSU) ISPP?
  • What has led you to have an interest in a dietetics career?
  • Discuss experiences that have contributed to your decision to apply for an ISPP.
  • What are your short and long term career goals?
  1. An identified MSU Faculty or work supervisor to use as a reference.
  1. Indicated preferred rotation schedule: Full-time (40 hours per week) or Part-time (<40 hours per week)
  2. Application fee of $65.00. Checks should be payable to MSU Dietetic Internship/ISPP. Please include the name of the applicant on the check.

Please enclose the application to:

Montclair State University
Dietetic Internship/ISPP
University Hall, Room 4019
Montclair, NJ 07043

Admission and selection are based on the following criteria:

  1. Printed copy of your complete Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) application inclusive of your overall GPA, DPD GPA and Sciences GPA; relevant experience (work or volunteer), honors and awards. A minimum of a 3.2 DPD GPA is required.
  1. Current resume
  2. MSU Faculty or work reference
  3. Short essay
  1. Interview with program faculty and admissions committee member/s. Applicants offered an interview will be contacted via phone to arrange a date and time for an interview which can run up to one hour. Applicants not meeting program eligibility will not be notified for an interview. Applicants will be evaluated during the interview based on the following:
  • Applicant’s professionalism
  • Communication skills
  • Responses to questions
  • Critical thinking
  • Case-based scenario/writing sample
  • Enthusiasm
  • Skills
  1. $65.00 (subject to change) Application fee payable to MSU Dietetic Internship/ISPP

The Admissions Committee uses an overall numerical score based on each of the listed criteria. Applicants who are admitted to the program will receive notification of an offer of admission via email.  Admitted interns must respond by 5 PM the following business day to accept their position or it may be forfeited.

ISPP Assessment of Prior Learning and Experience

Credit for prior learning may be granted to interns who can provide documentation of significant and relevant compensated work experiences. These work experiences must reflect the same types of learning experience as required by the ACEND competency statements.

No credit hours will be extended for required volunteer experience for coursework.

No more than two rotations will be waived.

The request for prior learning credit consideration must be submitted at least one month prior to the program start date. The request must include the following:

  • Candidate’s application for assessment of prior learning, including name and contact information of the person for whom the candidate worked.
  • Description of the work experience/s, including dates of employment, responsibilities and activities performed
  • Work related references with up-to-date/current contact information
  • A summary of past experience/s demonstrating the ACEND competencies

When an applicant submits his/her packet for review, the ISPP Coordinator or DI Director will evaluate and determine whether the experience meets specific ACEND competencies. The Advisory Committee may also be contacted.

Final determination of assessment of prior learning is at the discretion of the ISPP Coordinator/DI Director.

ISPP Tuition and Fees

Unless arranged in writing prior to the start of the ISPP program, tuition and fees are the same as the standard DI program.  Please refer to the Tuition and Fees section for more information.

Housing and meal costs are the responsibility of the student. The ISPP does not provide or arrange for student housing.

The MSU ISPP suggests access to a vehicle. Students are required to provide their own transportation to all rotation sites. Students are required to have vehicle insurance.

ISPP Rotations

Interns are required to complete and return the completed cover sheet, scored curriculum, pre-test or rotation questions, patient log form in addition to the Rotation Evaluation Forms (Student Performance of Professional Attributes, Interviewing and Counseling, Group Teach, Case Study, Self-Evaluation and Site Evaluation), and Rotation Hours Verification Forms at the end of each rotation. The ACEND Competency Evaluation and Activity Tracking Sheet are to be performed mid-rotation and/or at the end of the rotation by the preceptor.

ISPP Pathway Completion Results and Outcomes

The ISPP prepares interns to have a successful career in dietetics. Interns will be given the opportunity to satisfactorily complete all supervised practice rotations, ACEND competencies and assignments as outlined in the rotation curriculums. Additional time may be granted to students for remediated supervised practice experiences, pending approval from the ISPP Coordinator and preceptors within 150% of the time designated to the ISPP. Graduates will receive a supervised practice verification statement at successful completion of the ISPP. Requirements for successful completion of the program include:

  1. Completion of assigned rotations/rotation hours with satisfactory evaluations of “3” or “Satisfactory” in all rotations.
  2. Completion of two graduate courses (six credits) with a minimum grade of “B”.
  3. Passing a mid-point and final exam with a minimum grade of 70%.
  4. Satisfactory completion of all didactic component requirements.
  5. Completing the Registration Eligibility Application Form to be eligible to take the Dietitian Registration Examination. 

Program outcomes are available upon request by contacting the dietetic internship program.          

Academic Calendar

The full academic calendar, including winter/summer information, can be found on the Montclair State University website.

*Calendars are subject to change due to regulatory or administrative reasons.