Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP)

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) policies for Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) allow DPD graduates who did not match in the first round to a dietetic internship (DI), but who will possess a DPD verification statement and a minimum of a BS degree, to apply to our Golden Gate Dietetic Internship (GGDI) ISPP.

To achieve the RDN credential via the ISPP, please see

For GGDI ISPP application requirements please see the instructions at

GGDI does not grant credit for specific competency requirements.


  • If interested in the ISPP option, please contact our program at
  • To apply to the GGDI program, follow the directions on There are different dates for second round, so please also check
  • Once accepted to GGDI, the same cost and payment requirements are applied as shown in the lower section of
  • To develop a budget Download GGDI Program Year Cost Table
  • ISPP Interns must attend the GGDI Orientation to Supervised Practice. (Lodging, if required, is paid for by GGDI.)
  • Rotations for supervised practice experience will be secured by GGDI prior to the start of the GGDI Program.
  • The ISPP intern must meet GGDI completion requirements to receive a verification statement from GGDI verifying completion of all requirements . This allows the ISPP Intern to take the RD Exam. After passing the RD Exam, one is credentialed as a RDN. Please see the steps of the RDN pathway at

Orientation and class meetings:
ISPP interns are required to attend orientation, specific class meetings (to present and discuss their case studies), a field trip and a conference with the rest of the cohort. GGDI provides lodging as needed. ISPP interns peer review case studies written by other interns. ISPP interns interact with other interns on specific assignments to enhance collaboration and inclusiveness.

Supervised Practice Hours and Rotations:
Interns are required to dedicate a minimum of 40 hours per week for 30 weeks/1200 hours to supervised practice experience. There may be specific needs of facilities, preceptors or rotation schedules requiring interns to participate on weekends, evenings and/or holidays. Intern professionalism, maturity, integrity, and flexibility are key to successful completion of this invaluable experience in ALL DI/ISPP Programs.

Preceptors: Just as other GGDI interns do not arrange preceptorship (usually required by many distance and other ISPP programs), admitted GGDI ISPP interns do not. They are assigned to a location in Northern California where specific rotations are contracted and scheduled. This assigned location will be further away from the central internship ’s program location. ISPP rotation locations would be outside the immediate San Francisco Bay Area (Bay Area). They are further north (e.g., Humboldt, Lake or Mendocino Counties), in the South Bay (e.g., Santa Clara County), and further east (e.g., San Joaquin or Sacramento Counties).

Scheduling and location assignments depend on preceptor availability. This changes year to year due to preceptor leaves of absence, vacation, and/or career changes. This is a reality of internship programs.

To understand more about how the rotations are organized, please read the lower section on this Web page: titled, “Please Google a map of the North Bay Area counties as you refer to the following items.” On the bottom of this same Web page, please review the “Table Outlining the Types and Hours Involved in Rotations”.

Mission, Goals, and Objectives:

  • Please see
  • ISPP interns are integral to the mission of the Program.
  • ISPP interns are tracked separately for Program assessments and learning objectives.
  • Program outcomes data are available upon request.

The only experiential difference between GGDI-ISPP interns and previously-matched GGDI interns is frequency of class-meetings necessitated by travel distance. All other details on this Web site and in the program handbook apply to all interns. ISPP interns are equally valued and supported by the GGDI program.