Information for Preceptors

Are you a current professional working in the food and nutrition field? Interested in giving back to the profession through mentoring dietetic students? The page is for current and prospective professionals who want to know more about precepting as well as getting involved in conversations on the future of dietetics education.

About IUP's Dietitian-Nutritionist Program

Stay tuned for a webinar.

How to Become a Preceptor

Refer to the Dietetics Preceptor Training through the Online Training Campus offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

How to Count Precepting Hours as Continuing Professional Education, from the Commission on Dietetic Registration

In 2017, the CDR began recognizing hours spent working with dietetic students as continuing professional education units (CPEU). The table below is a breakdown of hours equivalent to CPEUs.

Hours Spent Precepting (per year) CPEUs
1-25 contact hours 1
26-50 contact hours 2
51+ contact hours 3

For more information, as well as forms related to counting precepting hours, see CDR's preceptor web page.

IUP's DNP provides each preceptor a yearly letter for their service to validate their time spent with students.

Preceptor Training

Working with students is rewarding and exciting. To best prepare, or refresh, the Commission on Dietetic Registration developed a free 8-CPEU online preceptor training program. The IUP DNP encourages all preceptors to complete this course in preparation for working with students. For more information about the course and how to complete it, visit CDR's Online Training Campus and click Dietetics Preceptor Training Program.

Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptor Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Interested in connecting with other preceptors, as well as dietetic program educators? Join the Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Become a voice guiding the future of nutrition education and supervised practice.

IUP Department of Food and Nutrition Advisory Board

Share your expertise and perspective by serving on the Advisory Board of the Department of Food and Nutrition. Meetings are held annually, focusing on current education practices and changes in our profession. Help guide nutrition curriculum and experiences by sharing your professional insight on trending practice. For more information, connect with us at food-nutrition@iup.edu.