Practice Experience

Dietetics Supervised Practice

Our coordinated program (CP) in dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The CP begins at the end of the junior year and continues through the senior year and the graduate (5th) year. The CP was developed to prepare dietitians to meet the challenges of the changing field of dietetics.

Students accepted as dietetics majors are guaranteed placement in the CP, providing academic standards are maintained. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the dietetic registration examination, which provides the registered dietitian (RD) credential.

The CP combines classroom learning, experimental research, and a variety of supervised practice experiences including clinical dietetics, food service management, and community nutrition.

Supervised Practice Facilities

D'Youville College is affiliated with more than 50 supervised practice sites including teaching hospitals, community hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, corporate organizations, and community agencies. All are within driving distance of the college.

Supervised Practice Courses

DTC 420/SP - Introduction to Nutrition Care
Introduces the student to patient care in the clinical setting. Accompanied by a clinical instructor, students provide basic nutritional care to hospital patients.
DTC 410SP - Food Service Management Supervised Practice
Food service management skills are developed through fieldwork and projects, case studies, computer applications, and lab work. In addition to assigned projects and case studies, students plan, prepare, and serve a meal to a community group.
DTC 511SP - Medical Nutrition Therapy I Supervised Practice
In a hospital setting, students provide nutrition care to patients with conditions discussed in the lecture portion of class. These include malnutrition, anemia, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
DTC 512SP - Medical Nutrition Therapy II Supervised Practice
A continuation of DTC 511SP, students provide nutrition care to patients with conditions discussed in the lecture portion of class, including GI disorders, hepatic disorders, cancer, HIV, renal disease and nutrition support.
DTC 521SP - Community Nutrition Supervised Practice I
Supervised practice in community nutrition programs. Students receive experiences in food insecurity/food assistance, maternal and child health, elderly nutrition, and adult nutrition.
DTC 522SP - Community Nutrition Supervised Practice II
Students develop, implement and evaluate a community nutrition intervention in this course..
DTC 631 - Advanced Nutrition Practice I
This course is the first part of a two course sequence. In conjunction with DTC 632 (Advanced Nutrition Practice II), this course provides advanced supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management at area hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, corporate organizations, community agencies and special rotation facilities.
DTC 632 - Advanced Nutrition Practice II
This course is the second part of a two course sequence. In conjunction with DTC 631 (Advanced Nutrition Practice I), this course provides advanced supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management at area hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, corporate organizations, community agencies and special rotation facilities.

Costs of the Program

Students should be aware of the costs necessary for their supervised practice education in addition to tuition or class fees.* Program costs are estimates and are subject to change without prior written notice.

Additional Program Costs (2012-2013)
Transportation to SP site* $100/semester (Jr. summer)
$175/semester (Sr. year)
$350/semester (5th year)
Lab coat/ID $50
Lab fees $35/lab per semester
Student Association Fee $40/year FT
$2/credit hour PT
Liability Insurance $50/semester
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Student Membership
(encouraged-optional)
$50/year
Registration Exam $200

*Estimated $.50 per mile, with an average trip of 12 miles plus parking

Community Outreach

The dietetics students partnered with the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York and a local professional chef to present a seminar called "Live Kidney Friendly" on healthy eating for people with kidney disease.

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