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Preceptors model professional behaviors and values for future RDNs.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) defines a preceptor as a practitioner who serves as faculty for students/interns during supervised practice by overseeing practical experiences, providing one-on-one training, modeling professional behaviors and values. We extend our gratitude to our current preceptors for their hard work, dedication, and support of our program.

Please use this page as a resource for information on becoming a preceptor, preceptor guidelines, evaluations, preceptor benefits, and more or contact the Nutrition and Dietetics department for more information.

Become a Preceptor

Becoming a Preceptor

The D'Youville Nutrition and Dietetics Department will utilize professional members of the healthcare community to precept our dietetics students during their supervised practice rotations.

Students complete rotations in a variety of practice areas including, but not limited to, community nutrition, acute care, long-term care, food service, sports nutrition and pediatrics.

Why Precept?

Have you wanted to find a way to give back to the healthcare profession in a way that will have a lasting impact? Becoming a preceptor is a wonderful way to make a positive impact on students, the profession, and your site. 

Reasons to consider becoming a preceptor:

  • Help to train future RDNs by sharing your expertise
  • Find potential employees through precepting
  • Students bring new ideas and fresh energy to your clinical site
  • Earn CPEU credits and D’Youville Tuition Waivers

Who is Eligible to Precept

According to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 2017 Standards for Coordinated Programs standard 7.2 preceptors must:

  • have the education and experience needed to provide appropriate guidance for supervised practice experience;
  • be licensed, meet state and federal regulations, or credentialed for the area in which they are supervising students;
  • show evidence of continued competence through professional work, graduate education, continuing education, scholarship/research or other activities leading to professional growth in the advancement of their profession. 

Individuals with at least one year of professional experience and an interest in supervising nutrition and dietetics students are encouraged to consider becoming preceptors.

Process for Becoming a Preceptor

  • Initiate the process by contacting the Nutrition and Dietetics Department to express interest in precepting students.
  • The Nutrition and Dietetics Department will provide detailed expectations regarding the rotation. If the site is able to fulfill requirements of the rotation, the clinical coordinator will then send the rotation objectives and schedule to the site.
  • Once the site is approved of meeting the requirements of rotation, the process for obtaining an affiliation agreement will begin.
    • If a current affiliation agreement is already established between your site and D’Youville College, the department will proceed with the scheduling of Nutrition and Dietetics students with you and your facility.
    • If an affiliation agreement is not already in place between your site and D’Youville College, we will initiate an affiliation agreement and notify the approved preceptor once a fully-executed agreement is in place.

Current Preceptors

Current Preceptors

The D'Youville Nutrition and Dietetics Department is very grateful to each of our clinical preceptors, who provide an excellent learning experience for our students. We know that without this extraordinary sharing of your time and experience, we could never accomplish our goal of preparing these students to be exemplary RDNs.

Important Information for Current Preceptors

  • The Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at D’Youville is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and provides the coursework and 1200 hours of supervised practice 
  • All preceptors must receive training on the ACEND standards and required knowledge and competencies for the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • All preceptors must be oriented to the program mission, goals, and objectives and the educational philosophy of the program 
  • Each student must be evaluated by the preceptor to receive a grade for the supervised practice experience. The evaluation is sent by email and is completed via E*value, a web-based evaluation system.
  • Each student submits an anonymous online evaluation of the site and preceptor upon rotation completion. The results of the aggregate evaluations are shared with the preceptor and site at the end of the academic year.
  • Site visits may be completed by the clinical coordinator to monitor student progress at a convenient time for the student and the preceptor.
  • Each student has a copy of physical and immunizations on the first day of supervised practice rotations.

Preceptor Benefits

  • Apply for adjunct clinical faculty designation
  • Earn up to 15 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) through the Commission on Dietetics Registration
  • Earn D’Youville Tuition Waivers
  • Receive discounted professional development courses through the D’Youville Center for Professional Development
  • Access to D’Youville Montante Family Library holdings for adjunct faculty

Preceptor FAQ

Preceptor FAQ

What is required for the clinical experience?

In the final year of study students will complete the minimum 24 hours per week of supervised practice hours. Each experience has specific rotation objectives to help guide the experience.

These objectives are provided to the students and are provided to the preceptor via initial communication.

How many clinical hours are the students expected to work per week?

It is our expectation that the student will make every effort to comply with the schedule as determined by the preceptor, and that failure to do so should be reported to the D'Youville Nutrition and Dietetics Department.

Can I assign extra reading, Practice questions, or studying during the clinical rotation?

Preceptors should feel free to assign readings to students as they pertain to their area of specialty. Readings or extra study may also be assigned by a preceptor to a student for the purpose of ongoing clinical enrichment or if the preceptor notices specific knowledge deficits that would benefit from additional study.

Are students allowed times off of rotation?

Students are not allowed time off of regularly scheduled clinical hours, except in cases of illness or emergency. The students are required to call you to report unexpected absences, and there is a space for you to note these absences on the students' final evaluation form.

Any other time off must be approved by the Nutrition and Dietetics Department in advance and the preceptor will be notified by the student of the excused absence. Students are not allowed "study days" off, prior to taking exams on campus.

Can the student spend time with other colleagues of the same clinical practice?

Yes, as long as the clinician is employed by the same clinical practice.

Who do I contact with questions or comments regarding a student I am supervising?

Please do not hesitate to contact the department with any questions or concerns you may have regarding rotation arrangements, requirements, objectives, questions, or concerns. Please contact Naheed Ali-Sayeed, clinical coordinator at 716-829-7752 or via email at

How do I obtain immunization information required for the student to rotate at my clinical site?

Students are required to submit a copy of their current physical and immunizations, and certifications to their supervising preceptor on the first day of rotation. Should your clinical site require this information prior to the first day of rotation, please indicate this information when completing the clinical schedule form or contact the department clinical coordinator at 716-829-7752 or via email at

Who do I contact regarding an affiliation agreement between the clinical site and D’Youville Nutrition and Dietetics Department?

Please contact the Nutrition and Dietetics Department office at 716-829-7752, or via email at, regarding all clinical affiliation agreement questions.

Is the institution and student covered by malpractice insurance?

The institution and students are covered under the D'Youville malpractice insurance, which is renewed annually. If you are a current supervised practice site, you will receive a renewal certificate each year.

Should you not receive your malpractice renewal, please contact the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at 716-829-8363. If you are a potential or new site, a malpractice insurance certificate will be sent to you from our insurance company once a fully-executed agreement is in place between your site and our department.

Contact Us

Nutrition & Dietetics Department

Location: DAC 438
M-F: 8:00 AM - 4:00PM
Phone: 716-829-8363
Fax: 716-829-8184

Become a Preceptor

Use this form to determine your availability to contribute to the education of our students.