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Preceptor Requirements / Tips For Securing Preceptors

Preceptor Requirements

Must be a licensed / credentialed professional, for the area in which they will act as a preceptor, meeting all state and federal regulations. If an RDN, at least one year work experience post credentialing is required.

Submit a completed Preceptor Qualifications Form to the intern for the specified supervised practice rotation they will be precepting for.

Submit a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Acknowledge responsibilities including: intern orientation to facility / staff; schedule appropriate experiences to fulfill rotation competencies; mentor (may delegate this) the intern in their daily assignments / performance; assist intern with rotation assignments; evaluate intern on required learning outcomes; communicate intern’s progress with program director; and ensure compliance with NutraCo Dietetic Internship policies and procedures.

Must be a licensed / credentialed professional, for the area in which they will act as a preceptor, meeting all state and federal regulations. If an RDN, at least one year work experience post credentialing is required.

Submit a completed “Preceptor Qualifications” form to the intern for each supervised practice rotation. This form must be submitted for preceptors of the following rotations as part of the supplemental application: Food Service Management-Healthcare; Clinical Nutrition - Acute Care; and Long Term Care.

Submit a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Acknowledge responsibilities including: intern orientation to facility / staff; schedule appropriate experiences to fulfill rotation competencies; mentor (may delegate this) the intern in their daily assignments / performance; assist intern with rotation assignments; evaluate intern on required learning outcomes; communicate intern’s progress with program director; and ensure compliance with NutraCo Dietetic Internship policies and procedures.

Tips For Securing Preceptors

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a list of preceptors, by state, who are willing to be a preceptor. More information regarding the Academy’s list of preceptors can be found here.

Reach out to your professors, colleagues, family and friends for potential leads or suggestions.

NutraCo has sites in over 20 states across the country and may be able to provide leads of preceptors who work for NutraCo after acceptance into the internship program.

If you still need preceptors, first determine what type of preceptor you need for the rotation you are looking for, including needed credentials.

Obtain the phone number to call your potential preceptor. A phone call is preferred over emails. Call at least three times. Be sure to leave a call back number when leaving a voicemail message.

Prepare a written script including: a greeting; state your name; state you are applying for a distance dietetic internship program with NutraCo Dietetic Internship; state what the rotation is for (such as clinical or food service); the length of the rotation; briefly explain the requirements of the rotation.

If the potential preceptor wants to meet you first (many will), send them paperwork/forms prior to the meeting via email. This will give them time to review it, complete it, and even ask you questions before you actually meet. Remember, your prospective preceptor is very busy, and you want to expedite your meeting.

If your prospective preceptor is not able to help you, ask if they have suggestions for other potential preceptors in the area.

Click here for the Preceptor Qualifications Form