FAQs

For Distance Track:

Does my preceptor need to be a RD?

Your preceptor for nutrition therapy must be a RD.  Preceptors for your Community Nutrition, Food Service and Elective rotations are not required to be RDs.

Can I do the distance DI on a part-time basis?

Yes, we are accredited for up to 5 part-time students per year.  Part-time students must begin the internship in year 1 and then attend Evaluation & Review Week at the end of the second full year.  For example, a student beginning in the 2020 year would attend Open House from July 13-17, 2020 and then Evaluation & Review Week at the end of April, 2021.  There will not be an option to end earlier than that as Evaluation and Review week is only held once per year.

Is there a separate rotation template for part-time students?

No, the same rotation template can be used for full-time or part-time students.  

Do I need to have a DPD Verification Statement to begin the internship?

Yes, the DPD must be dated prior to the start of Orientation.

For the virtual renal rotation, do you recommend doing that after all or part of the Nutrition Therapy rotation?

No, it is not necessary to have completed any of the Nutrition Therapy rotation.  The Program recommends you schedule your renal rotation as your last rotation.  This way, if you experience any issues with a scheduled site (i.e. preceptor gets sick, JACO visit, contract not yet finalized etc.), you could do your renal rotation then and finish that rotation after renal.  It gives you a little more flexibility.

Do you provide interns with any additional materials to prepare for the RD exam?

Yes, interns are provided with material to study during Evaluation & Review Week. The Program will review the current materials offered to assess which material it will provide.

Can a School Food Service site fulfill the requirements of the Food Service Management rotation? 

No, you will need to find a site that utilizes therapeutic diets, such as a hospital or long term care facility.  A school would be more appropriate for your elective rotation.