A message from the program coordinator:

Thank you and welcome to you and your facility as a preceptor and practicum site for the UNC Dietetic Internship. Your commitment to mentoring a soon-to-be professional in the field of dietetics is greatly appreciated.

Communication via telephone, email, or in person is encouraged. Dynamic interaction is essential to the success of this program, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions or provide feedback. Together this will be a rewarding experience for all involved.

Here you will find information necessary to fulfill your responsibilities as a preceptor. The documents and forms found on the website are intended to facilitate your work with the dietetic intern as he or she completes the practicum experiences. The forms may be saved and filled out on your computer, then printed for mailing or faxing. Handwritten forms are also accepted.

Preceptor Manual

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A Verification of Review must be submitted to the program coordinator after reading this manual. This is completed after the applicant has been selected for the internship.

Part I: Introduction and Guidelines - This section contains an introduction to the program and important guidelines for you.

Part II: Reports and Rotation Evaluations - The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requires documentation that the intern has completed the required number of hours and rotations during the internship. Evaluation forms are accessible here.

As the preceptor, you are required to see, review, and sign off on all documentation pertaining to the intern practicum experiences.

The documentation provides a natural “trigger” for discussion at regular intervals regarding intern progress. Your ongoing evaluations will allow the intern feedback so that there are no surprises regarding actual capabilities, academic and professional expectations, evaluations, and the results of the evaluations.

Part III: Assignment Evaluations - These are your guidelines for assignments that enable the intern to obtain the skills necessary for entry-level dietetics employment. Assignment Cover Sheet

Part IV: Workman's Compensation - The policies concerning workman's compensation insurance and what to do should an intern be injured on the job.

Part V: ACEND Competencies and Assignments - The rotation evaluations reference these competencies set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Part VI: Intern Professional Conduct Guidelines - The intern's failure to follow these guidelines could result in termination from the program.


The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has made available a free training module worth 8 CPEUs on their website for preceptors of dietetics students, including interns. You can add this as a goal in your Professional Development Portfolio. The link to registering for the module is: http://www.cdrcampus.com.