Preceptor Information

Role During Internship

The goals of the MSU MS-IP program include preparing graduates to become competent entry level registered dietitian nutritionists and to also prepare graduates who demonstrate the ability to utilize current evidence-based research and apply the research process in professional practice.  A three-pronged approach is taken in training dietetic professionals: Didactic knowledge, Supervised practice, and Examination. Your role as a preceptor is critical in preparing students to function as dieticians through the supervised practice. Because the supervised practice relies heavily on you, the preceptor, you have many roles and responsibilities that we want you to take seriously while training the interns. You will be working with the intern to schedule learning experiences during the rotation, assisting in orienting the intern to the facility and rotation, and evaluating oral presentations (these duties may also be delegated to other preceptors/staff at the facility). You will also be evaluating the intern, validating their study guides and assignments, and approving hours through E*value. Being familiar with and abiding by the MSU Dietetics Internship policies and procedures is necessary. You will be mentoring and providing daily supervision and learning experiences for interns while acting as the point of contact in the facility for the MSU Dietetic Internship Director and Instructors.


A preceptor is an expert or specialist, such as a registered dietitian/registered dietitian nutritionist, who is able to provide guidance, practical experience, and training to the dietetic inter. The preceptor should be someone who is involved in the field of nutrition and dietetics and who is in a position to guide a prospective dietetic intern. There are many individuals who can serve as a preceptor. Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RD/RDN), Licensed Dietitians (LD), Certified Dietitians Nutritionists (CDN), Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Food Service Director, Food Service Manager, CDE, Health and Wellness educator, and many more. For a clinical rotation (inpatient or outpatient) the preceptor must have a RD/RDN.


o  Time Tracking – Interns will log hours on E*value and you will need to go to E*value and approve their hours.

o  Evaluations – Before and after the student has their rotation with you they complete an evaluation which you will review. After the rotation you will be asked to complete an evaluation of the intern’s progress. An automated email will come to you whenever an intern has completed tasks that require your attention. This is done through E*value.

o  Study Guides/Assignments – Under the student portfolio there is a section for community, management, and clinical. You select the rotation that you are under and will be able to view the intern’s study guides and assignments. You must verify their study guides and assignments on this page.


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