Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways

Join a unique internship program

You’re passionate about health and nutrition, and you’ve completed your undergraduate degree in dietetics, but you haven’t secured a vital piece of your education — supervised practice, the critical internship experience necessary to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

The Fontbonne University Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899- 400,

Continue reading below, then check out the links to learn more about our program, admission requirements and the application process.

Program Highlights

Half of the dietetics students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree can’t secure internship opportunities — there are simply too few internships to accommodate the steadily growing field. But the dietetic internship, also known as supervised practice experience, is required in order for students to sit for the national registration exam to become an RDN.

In September of 2011, in an effort to address the imbalance in the number of qualified students versus available internship opportunities, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics introduced the ISPP option. Fontbonne immediately applied for and was accepted as a pilot school, with the first class of students beginning in 2012.

We are currently accredited to accept up to 15 students per year to participate in the ISPP. As an onsite combined graduate program plus supervised practice, students receive a traditional dietetic internship experience.

Fontbonne’s ISPP program, the only one of its kind in St. Louis, is connected directly to the university’s Master of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in multidisciplinary health communication studies. By enrolling in this graduate program, students with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics can earn a master’s degree, which will help them prepare for a career in health promotion, communication and education, and receive the valuable supervised practice experience they need to become an RDN.

Fontbonne has current agreements with over 40 sites in the St. Louis metro area which include RDNs and other qualified professionals who serve as preceptors, or mentors, for students in the program – including many who are alumni of the university. Their years of experience and commitment to excellence bring a whole new level of individualization to your ISPP experience. The unique education and experiences received through our onsite combined master’s degree and supervised practice program will contribute to your ultimate goal of becoming an RDN.

Current student spotlight

Hi! My name is Alex Harris, and I got my bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from Radford University in Virginia. Moving halfway across the country was challenging, but has been worth every second! My main areas of interest are sports dietetics, research, and addressing food insecurity. My biggest nutrition related goal is to get my PhD! In my free time you can usually find me at the gym where I’m a Personal Trainer, shopping, or hanging out with my cat!

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to email me at and go Griffins! 

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Admission Requirements & Process

Learn more about the admission requirements and application process for ISPP.

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Participation in the ISPP involves a set curriculum of graduate coursework, which results in an MA in Family & Consumer Sciences with a focus on Health Communication Studies.

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Estimated Costs

Learn more below regarding tuition and other costs associated with this program.

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Resources for ISPP preceptors can be found here.

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Career Possibilities

Upon completion of our combined MA and supervised practice program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the registration examination for dietitians, plus join the more than 45 percent of RDNs who hold a graduate degree.

Graduates of our program are employed as wellness coaches, supermarket dietitians, clinical dietitians in acute and long term care facilities, research assistants, WIC and public health department dietitians, and nutrition education coordinators at school districts – just to list a few!

Contact Us

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Phone: (314) 889-1415 



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