Clinical Experiences through Supervised Practice

Clinical experiences through supervised practice

The Doctorate in Nutrition and Dietetics includes 1,296 hours of supervised practice at various hospitals, clinics, and community-based organizations. The supervised practice experiences are organized as rotations and completed in the NTRD-N 890 course during the third year of the program. Students register for 18 credits of NTRD-N 890. Students also participate in a final-semester capstone.

Clinical Nutrition Rotations and Sites

Clinical Nutrition I (4 weeks/16 days) Students practice the basics of patient nutrition assessment, interview, and education skills, charting, and provide medical nutrition therapy to patients including those requiring enteral feeding.

  • Community Hospital South, Indianapolis
  • Community Hospital East, Indianapolis
  • Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield
  • Hendricks Regional Health, Danville
  • IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington
  • IU Health North Medical Center, Carmel
  • Neuro Diagnostic Institute, Indianapolis
  • Riverview Hospital, Noblesville

Clinical Nutrition II (6 weeks/24 days) Students provide medical nutrition therapy to more complex patients including those requiring parenteral feeding.

  • Franciscan Health, Indianapolis
  • IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
  • IU Health Outpatient Clinics, Indianapolis
  • IU Health University Hospital, Indianapolis
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis

Outpatient Diabetes Clinic Rotation (2 weeks/8 days) Students experience diabetes both as a caregiver and as a “patient.” Each student develops a personal eating plan, monitors blood glucose levels, and self-treats with saline (representing insulin) during this rotation.

  • Franciscan Physician Network Diabetes Education Program, Indianapolis
  • IU Health University Hospital, Indianapolis

Pediatric Rotation (2 weeks/8 days) Students will be introduced to the unique nutritional requirements of hospitalized children in a tertiary care setting.

  • Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Indianapolis

Food Systems Management Rotations and Sites

Food Systems Core Rotation (9 weeks/36 days) Students work with nutrition and food service professionals in food production, purchasing, management, marketing, and finance as applied to health care food systems management.

  • Franciscan Health, Indianapolis
  • Hendricks Regional Health, Danville
  • IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington
  • IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis
  • IU Health North Medical Center, Carmel
  • Richard L. Roudebush Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, Indianapolis
  • Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Indianapolis
  • Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis

Extended Care Rotation (3 weeks/12 days) Students work in nursing homes, assisted living and rehabilitation programs. This is a blended rotation that includes a mix of food service and the provision of medical nutrition therapy to patients. This rotation includes special attention to patient hydration, drug side effects, and interactions.

  • Beaumont Rehab Center, Anderson
  • Beech Grove Meadows, Beech Grove
  • Bridgewater Healthcare Center, Carmel
  • Countryside Meadows, Avon
  • Greenwood Meadows Senior Living, Greenwood
  • Majestic Care, Avon
  • Otterbein Senior Care Franklin Community, Franklin
  • Rosegate Village, Indianapolis
  • Rosewalk Village, Lafayette
  • Westminster Village North, Indianapolis
  • Willow Springs Living Center, Indianapolis

School Food Service and Nutrition Education (2 weeks/8 days) Students participate in the management of school feeding and in nutrition education activities in township schools in Marion, Hamilton, and Johnson counties.

  • Carmel Clay Schools, Carmel
  • Center Grove Community School Corporation, Greenwood
  • Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation, Whiteland
  • Decatur Township Schools, Indianapolis
  • Franklin Township Schools, Indianapolis
  • Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fishers
  • Noblesville Schools, Noblesville
  • Pike Township Schools, Indianapolis

Community Nutrition Rotations and Sites

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program (1 week/4 days) Students assess, interview, and educate low-income mothers and their children on essentials of nutrition for themselves and their children.

  • Marion County WIC Clinics, Indianapolis
  • Johnson County WIC Clinics, Franklin
  • Shelby County WIC Clinics, Shelbyville

Community Services Experience (1 week/4 days) Students will be involved in short-term experiences.

  • Cathedral Kitchen (a soup kitchen and food pantry), Indianapolis
  • Central Indiana Coalition on Aging, Indianapolis
  • Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis
  • Marion County Public Health Department, Indianapolis

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana (1 week/4 days) Students provide nutrition education and develop nutrition education materials for participants in the Indianapolis-based Gleaners programs such as BakSacks Weekend Food for Kids program, commodities supplemental food program called Senior Boxes, and Gleaners-sponsored food pantries.

Internship Area of Specialization

Clinical and Customer Service Capstone Rotation (5 weeks/25 days) Each student develops an individualized experience developing their own learning goals and activities. Final capstone rotation plans may include any area of dietetics, must require entry-level competency, and must be approved by the faculty.