Choosing Distance Sites and Preceptors

You must identify preceptors to work with you in a clinical and community settings when you apply to the program. Potential preceptors must complete the preceptor and facility application forms. Please direct prospective preceptors to the preceptor web page for more information and resources.

Rotations begin in January.  You do not need to follow the order shown in the sample schedule. Scheduling of your foodservice rotation or long term care rotation first is recommended. Scheduling an acute care rotation as your first rotation requires the permission of the Program Director.

Sample Schedule

Minimum requirements for preceptors:

•  At least three sites must include Registered Dietitians as the primary preceptor – these are typically acute care sites, long term care sites, and WIC. 

•  Preceptor information forms must be submitted for any preceptor who will supervise the intern and verify completion of experiences.

•  Preceptors must be able to document appropriate continuing education for the previous two years.  Submission of their Professional Development Portfolio is desirable.

•  New preceptors must be willing to review the preceptor web page and schedule a phone conference with the director to clarify expectations

Minimum site requirements:

•  Clinical sites (including acute care, sub-acute care, long term care or hospice) must be accredited by the Joint Commission or other appropriate accreditation agency.

•  Sites must be willing to enter into an Affiliation Agreement with Bowling Green State University.  Site generated Agreements will be reviewed by the Office of General Counsel for compatibility with the laws of the State of Ohio

•  Site information forms must be completed for any site at which the intern will have patient/client contact, interaction with facility employees beyond their preceptor or the general public, or act as a representative of the facility.  This requirement may be waived for experiences that involve shadowing only for one week or less.

Clinical Site

Considerations in choosing a clinical site:

Potential sites include:

  • Community hospitals
  • Medical centers
  • Sub-acute facilities.  Long term care or convalescent centers cannot meet this requirement unless they also include sub-acute beds.  A separate long term care rotation is required, but submission of paperwork is not required as part of the application process.

Look for sites that can provide the following experiences/skill development:

  • Nutrition screening
 and assessment
  • Charting in the medical record

  • Development of nutrition care plans

  • Interaction with members of the health care team

  • Interaction with patients

Consider sites that can provide experience in areas such as:

  • Dialysis

  • Cardiac rehabilitation

  • Diabetes self management

  • Weight loss

  • Individual medical nutrition therapy

Clinical rotation hours: 320

Your primary preceptor must be a registered dietitian. The site selection and preceptor application forms for your primary clinical rotation must be submitted with your application. Additional forms may be submitted after acceptance into the program.   In addition to an acute/sub-acute care rotation, you must complete a long term care rotation

Long-term care rotation hours: 96

Community Site

Considerations in choosing a community nutrition site:

Potential sites include:

  • Public Health Departments

  • Area Agencies on Aging

  • Cooperative extension

  • American Heart Association

  • American Cancer Society

  • Alzheimer’s Association

  • Migrant Head Start

  • United Way
  • Head Start
  • Food Banks
  • WIC
  • Supermarket Dietitians
  • Cooperative Extension
  • SNAP-Ed
  • Family Nutrition Program

Look for sites that can provide the following experiences/skill development:

  • Development of communication skills
  • Written articles
  • Program lecture or display development
  • Grant writing
  • Educational materials

  • Development of management skills
  • Budget development
  • Strategic planning
  • Employee scheduling

Consider sites that can provide experience in:

  • Coalition development

  • General health screenings

  • Working with under-served, vulnerable populations

  • Marketing of nutrition education programs and services

Community rotation hours:  128

It is preferred that the primary preceptor be a registered dietitian, however, other health care professionals may be appropriate. The site selection and preceptor application forms for your primary community site rotation must be submitted with your application to the program. Additional forms may be submitted after accepted into the program.  You must also include a WIC experience.

WIC rotation hours: 96

Food Service/Management Site

Considerations in choosing a food service rotation site

Potential sites include:

  • Hospitals

  • Long term care facilities

  • School nutrition services

  • University dining services

Look for sites that can provide the following experiences/skill development:

  • Budget development

  • Employee scheduling

  • Employee hiring process

  • Disciplinary/termination process

  • Quality assurance monitoring

  • Menu/recipe development

  • Costing of menu items

  • Develop specifications for food items and equipment

  • Sanitation and safety procedures

Your preceptor must be a registered dietitian, food service director and/or food service supervisor. It is preferable that a non-RD preceptor hold the Certified Dietary Manager credential. Site selection and preceptor application forms can be submitted after acceptance into the program.
  You can also consider getting clinical management experience in addition to experience in a food service setting.

Food Service/Management rotation hours: 128

This rotation can be completed in a healthcare, school or University setting.  In the past, a school experience was required.  While this is no longer required, you will still need to schedule an experience in which you will work with school age children.

Please note: the required hours have been temporarily decreased to 1000 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It has been proposed that these changes be made permanent in the 2022 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Programs (DI).

Supervised Practice Hours Summary

Acute Care
Food Service/Management 128
Community 128
WIC 64
Client Education/MNT (individuals or group) [can include dialysis] 64
Long term Care 96
Electives/Wellness 144
Orientation/Introduction to Dietetic Internship** 56
Total 1000*

*These hours represent minimums – any rotation can be extended to and count towards the electives hours.   This is also contingent on the intern meeting entry-level competency based on completion of the required experiences.

**These hours are accumulated through the completion of case studies, trainings and simulations.