Supervised Practice


You will perform supervised practice experiences during your last two years of the Coordinated Program. After successfully completing the bachelor degree requirements, didactic coursework, and these supervised practice experiences, you will be eligible to take the registration exam. Throughout these supervised practices, students have opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills. 

Food Service Systems Management I Laboratory 
Junior dietetics majors plan dining events, often highlighting cuisines from different cultures. In order to ensure authenticity, dietetics students work with Seton Hill students from other nations. Multicultural projects can also be completed in one of the other supervised practices or in the lab portion of Food Science and Technology II, while modifying a recipe to enhance its healthful value. 

Food Service Systems Management I Supervised Practice 
Junior dietetics students experience quantity food purchasing, preparation, and equipment at local school districts or long-term care facilities. Students develop menus to meet nutrition guidelines and facility requirements for the population served. 

Health Promotion and Nutrition Education Supervised Practice
Junior dietetics students teach individuals of all age groups from preschoolers to senior citizens. Each student has the opportunity to plan and manage an event. Students have experiences in community programs such as WIC and Head Start, and travel to Washington, D.C. to visit Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. Students also complete a research experience at UPMC Montefiore and participate in a workshop at a nationally-known children's hospital.

Medical Nutrition Therapy I Supervised Practice
Senior dietetics majors conduct initial client interviews at a local hospital. They participate in a workshop at a local burn center. They assess body composition and analyze data from research projects. They also learn about functional feeding evaluations and the treatment of clients with Prader-Willi Syndrome at The Children's Institute.

Community Nutrition Supervised Practice 
Senior dietetics majors participate in a variety of experiences with dietitians in local community agencies and programs. An exciting component of this supervised practice includes the opportunity to work with local school districts and the Fuel up to Play 60 initiative developed by the National Dairy Council and The National Football League. This experience is made possible through our partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. Additionally students spend two weeks at a long-term care facility and use entrepreneurial skills to write and pitch a business plan for an on-campus program.

Medical Nutrition Therapy II Supervised Practice 
Senior dietetics students plan, implement, and evaluate medical nutrition therapy of individual clients and groups. They participate in a workshop at a nationally known children's hospital. They are involved in other research activities at Seton Hill.

Food Service Systems Management II Supervised Practice 
Students participate in management functions in food service operations of local hospitals or long-term care facilities. Some of the activities include developing employee schedules, writing job descriptions, evaluating delivery systems, and planning a monotony breaker in the employee cafeteria. 

Professional Meetings and Conferences
Students also have opportunities to network with other dietetics professionals at professional meetings and conferences.

Additional Costs in the Junior and Senior Years While in the Program 
Because the Coordinated Program includes supervised practice opportunities required to become eligible for the registration examination, the student will have additional expenses beyond tuition, books and lab fees in the junior and senior years. Students are required to have health insurance and physical examinations both years. Costs of those physicals will vary depending upon level of insurance and previous immunizations. Students are required to have transportation to and from supervised practice sites. Since sites are between 2 and 85 miles from Seton Hill, costs will vary. Students are required to have professional liability insurance costing approximately $70 for two years. They are also required to have the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance ($10 per year), the Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check ($10 per year), and the FBI Clearance (approximately $30 per year).