Clinical education, also called supervised practice, is the application of the knowledge that students learn in the classroom. Clinical is a term that is used to refer to an application setting and does not necessarily mean a hospital or clinic. For example, clinical rotations occur in food and nutrition services management and in community settings.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has established a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical education be completed by a student before graduating from a coordinated program or dietetic internship. Only after the 1200 hours have been documented and verified by a program director of an accredited program, can the graduate take the national exam to become a registered dietitian.
The Nutritional Sciences Department utilizes clinical sites throughout the state of Oklahoma. Our volunteer dietitians, called preceptors, work with students in the practice setting. Students are evaluated on their ability to apply knowledge and improve their skills while in the practice setting. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has established competencies students must meet during their clinical education.
Questions about clinical education can be directed to the appropriate program director.