6.08 Assessment of Prior Learning
Effective Date: 4/13 Date Revised or Reviewed: 9/2017
This policy informs interns of the program’s process for assessing prior learning to validate
professional competence in accordance with the ACEND competencies for dietetic internship
programs and the present program’s requirements for verification.
Dietetic interns within the UW Health Dietetic Internship program are required to complete a
minimum of 1200 hours, specifically 1280 hours, of supervised practice. These hours are allocated
to progressive rotations within the Dietetic Internship’s supervised practice courses: Nutritional
Sciences 670 and 671. Each rotation is inclusive of specific ACEND competencies for dietetic
internship programs. The UW Health Dietetic Internship program will assess a current intern’s
prior learning up to and not exceeding 300 hours. All tuition and fees for the program will remain
the same regardless of prior learning credit awarded.
A. Prior work experience can be assessed or credited toward the program requirements.
B. Concurrent paid work experiences within the internship may be assessed or credited
toward the program requirements.
C. No prior learning credit will be granted towards clinical medical nutrition therapy
D. Eligible prior learning includes, but is not limited to, pertinent work responsibilities,
community partnership activities, international medical missions, employer or armed
service training, and approved self-study.
E. Dietetic interns having prior graduate courses will not be assessed or credited toward
meeting the requirements of the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic
A. Intern will contact the Program Director by phone or email after acceptance into the UW
Health Dietetic Internship Program to request an assessment of prior learning. If request is
approved with written confirmation, intern will submit a “Prior Learning Portfolio” by one
month before conclusion of their program.
B. Program Director will provide the intern with the ACEND Learning Objectives &
Competencies and associated documents including the program’s student learning
C. Interns applying for credit towards supervised practice hours must submit a complete
“Prior Learning Portfolio,” to the program management by one month before the conclusion
of their program.
UW Health Dietetic Internship Program
600 Highland Ave, F4/120
Mail Code: 1510
Madison, WI 53792
D. The Prior Learning Portfolio must include the following:
1. Completed ACEND Learning Objectives & Competencies Matrix.
2. Documentation to support that each competency was met (i.e. job description,
performance review, samples of projects, reports, presentations, and professional
practice that demonstrates advance knowledge and skill in dietetics, etc.).
3. Letter from immediate supervisor with original signature verifying experience.
4. $50 Evaluation Fee (checks should be made out to: UW Health Dietetic Internship
E. An intern must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for an assessment of prior
1. Maintain good academic standing within the UW Health Dietetic Internship
Program and within the UW-Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition
2. All tuition and fees for the UW Health Dietetic Internship program must be paid.
F. To ensure that a student meets all of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ prerequisites,
the student must first complete the Sage Dietetic Internship Application. Students who meet
these criteria and have sufficient additional learning experiences may request a waiver for
either the Food and Wellness Management or Community Nutrition portion of the practical
experiences required by the DI.
G. The Dietetic Internship Director will review the prior Learning Assessment application
process with any interested intern. Please contact the DI Director to schedule an
appointment to review the process.
6.14 Requirements for Program Completion and Verification of the Dietetic Internship
Cassie Vanderwall, MS, RD, CDE, CPT
UW HEALTH Manager, Dietetic Internship Program
Susan Rees, DNP, RN, CPHQ, CENP
VP DEV, NURSING & PT CARE SVCS