What is an ISPP?
In September 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announced the development of Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways or ISPPs ("ispeys") which are intended to add supervised practice capacity through ACEND-accredited dietetics programs, while providing student protections missing from the unaccredited models of the past. Programs that host ISPPs must be accredited in good standing by ACEND and must assure compliance with ACEND accreditation standards including those addressing supervised practice. Lipscomb has recently been approved by ACEND to provide ISPPs.
Eligibility for Lipscomb's ISPP
To be eligible for an ISPP at Lipscomb, one must have submitted an acceptable application to Lipscomb's Internship through a previous April national match and been unmatched to any supervised practice program. ISPP candidates should meet the minimum application standards of the Lipscomb Internship and be able to secure acceptable and sufficient practicum sites for 1200 supervised hours. ISPPs will be awarded on a year-by-year basis considering the appropriateness of the applicant, the availability of precepting sites, and the capacity of the Internship Director to manage the additional students.
Once accepted as an ISPP at Lipscomb, the student will be required to register for non-credit courses in order to have access to Lipscomb's email and blackboard services. A $5000 fee is required in addition to personal costs for books, professional dress clothes, transportation and supplies. ISPP candidates will be responsible for completing required background checks, drug screens, health/immunization records, and FERPA forms in order to be eligible for the supervised practice experiences. Lipscomb is not currently accepting any more ISPPs for this program year.