Important Policies for Current Interns

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Injury or Illness while in a facility
In accordance with the affiliation agreement or contract with the internship site or facility, in the event of an emergency, the clinical facility agrees to provide emergency care and treatment as is reasonably available during the hours the intern is engaged in the clinical instruction program. In the case of rotations in the non-clinical environment, the intern will be assisted by the preceptor to get emergency care during the hours the intern is engaged in the supervised experience. In case of illness, the intern must follow the rules of the facility which will be provided at the start of each rotation. Intern must discuss attendance and sick leave policy with preceptor at the start of each rotation. Interns must work with the preceptor to schedule a time to make-up any hours lost due to illness. The intern is liable for all fees and charges incurred. (IP Standard 23.2.c)

Supervised practice rotations may not use interns to replace employees
Inversely, interns should not consider themselves as unpaid employees performing work for the facility as they are receiving experiential learning and training from their preceptor. In the clinical rotation, interns are expected to serve at least two weeks of staff relief under the supervision of the preceptor. This does not mean that the intern is replacing the dietitian. (IP Standard 23.2.e)

Complaints from interns and preceptors
In compliance with the general academic appeals process student/intern complaints about preceptors or rotations are handled in a similar manner. The intern first brings his/her complaint forward to the instructor, who in this case is the Program Director. The Program Director will try to resolve the issue as quickly and fairly as possible. If the issue is not resolved, the grievance is brought up to the Department Head and finally to the Academic Dean, stopping at the level at which the complaint is resolved. If no resolution is reached, the student brings the complaint to the attention of the Dean of the Faculties for either resolution or referral to the Student Academic Relations Committee of the Faculty Senate. A graduate student whose complaint is unresolved must see the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to meeting with the Dean of the Faculties. The Student Academic Relations Committee has the authority to direct, through the Vice President for Academic Affairs, that corrective action be taken when justified. (IP Standards 21.1, 23.2.f)

Formal assessment of learning
Students will receive grades via the conventional grading system for coursework. Students will also receive feedback from preceptor evaluations at the completion of each rotation. Intern learning is accessed via the use of the student learning outcomes assessment as listed in the learning assessment matrix found in the appendix of the internship manual. (IP Standards 13.3, 23.2.h)

Assessment of Prior Learning and credit toward program requirements
Coursework older than six years will not be accepted for transfer credit. The university’s policy for acceptance of prior coursework is followed. Requests are reviewed on a case to case basis. Accepting prior experiences as it relates to supervised practice such as employment in areas such as WIC and the Department of Education Child Nutrition Program is considered on a case to case basis depending on the intern’s job description and formal written acknowledgement from the work supervisor. Thus, work history is considered on an individual basis. (IP Standard 23.2.g)

University policies
Withdrawal and refund of tuition and fees, scheduling and program calendar, including vacation and holidays, protection of privacy of student information, including identifying information used for distance learning, access to personal files, and access to student support services, including health services, counseling and testing and financial aid resources can be found be found in the University'€™s Graduate Student Handbook(IP Standard 23.1)

Graduation and/or program requirements
For completion for all options including time allowed to complete the program: (IP Standard 23.2.k)

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  2. A grade of B- or better in HUN 5242, HUN 5243 and DIE 5248. For sports nutrition specialists, a grade of B- or better in PET5355c, PET5553 and PET5367 is required. Grade appeals and resolution should follow the protocol stated in the student policy handbook (
  3. A grade of C or better in all other required courses and in any other courses applied towards graduation.
  4. Completion of required hours of HUN 8945r, Nutrition Practicum, with a grade of "S".
  5. Attendance at all official Internship meetings.
  6. Completion of all other degree requirements.

As stated in the Graduate Student Handbook, under Recency of Work, - the work for the master's degree must be completed within seven years from the time the student first registers for graduate credit.

Program retention and remediation proceduresFailure to complete supervised practice experiences satisfactorily as evaluated by the Director and appropriate preceptor(s) during the assigned time frames will result in remediation or removal of a student from the Internship.

If a preceptor deems that the intern will learn the competencies with more hours of supervised practice in order to master the expected standards of practice for an entry level dietitians, the intern should do so until the preceptor is satisfied with the intern’s performance and signs off on the objectives and evaluations. (IP Standard 23.2.i)

Disciplinary/termination procedures 
Procedures will be followed in accordance with University Policy and the policy stated in the formal affiliation agreement between The Florida State University and the internship facility. Please check with your DI Director if you would like to read the language for termination that is in the affiliation agreement or contract. Generally, most agreements state that the facility, in a written notification to the FSU shall remove the student, whose actions are contrary to the general operation and policies of the facility from further participation in training at the facility. (IP Standard 23.2.j)

Verification statement procedures
The verification of completion is issued to the intern upon completion of the requirements of the internship as stated in the program description, in the internship manual and as outlined in the internship exit checklist. The internship manual is provided to the interns when they enroll in internship hours. (IP Standard 23.2.l)

Note: Participants in the Accredited Internship are graduate students at The Florida State University and are governed by all policies, rules and requirements of the University and the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences. Policies, rules and requirements of the Accredited Internship are in addition to those of the University and Department and do not negate any University or Departmental policies.

Required Documentation and Background Checks
Students are required to:

  1. Provide the director with proof of health and car insurance (IP Standard 23.2.a)
  2. Complete an internship contract prior to the beginning of supervised experiences,
  3. Be responsible for their own transportation to the practice facilities (IP Standard 23.2.b)
  4. Purchase student liability insurance to cover the intern for the duration of their internship, (IP Standard 23.2.a)
  5. Complete background check requirements. Depending on which facility you are going to, background checks and drug screening may be an out of pocket expense for the intern. (IP Standard 23.2.d)
  6. Be responsible for program related expenses.

* Assignments to practice sites will be discussed and finalized at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the rotation. Decisions related to rotations and student placement is at the discretion of the Internship Director.

**Hospitals for clinical rotation now require Hepatitis B immunization in addition to meningitis, PPD, varicella and MMR. These are available at FSU’s University Health Services. The cost for the meningitis vaccine is $100.00 and is covered by FSU’s student health insurance policy. The cost for Hepatitis B is $40 per shot for the 3-shot series. For inquiries, call (850) 644-8463 or check online at FSU Health Center.

All students will be provided with an Internship Manual upon admission to the DI program.