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Supervised Practice

Supervised Practice Requirements

The Nutrition and Dietetics Technician program requires Supervised Practice rotations at approved and contracted off-site facilities. This experience is completed concurrent with classroom coursework. Internships provide students with hands-on application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory. There are 3 courses with internships: NC 175, NC 281, NC 286.

 Internship sites are assigned by the Program Coordinator. Students are expected to make arrangements to accommodate the assignments, approximately 8 to 15 hours per week. There is a minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice. It is the responsibility of each student to provide his or her own transportation to assigned clinical sites.


Just prior to entry into clinical, students are required to complete/obtain:

  •           A physical examination, including TB test and immunizations

  •           Criminal background/drug screen check clearance

  •           CPR, HIPAA training, Blood borne pathogen training provided through Al H 115

  •           Student liability insurance

The Program Coordinator will contact students at least one month prior to the start of internship classes to ensure the requirements are met.

Background checks

All students will be required to submit an application for pre-clinical background/drug screen check. The background check will include County Criminal Records (Past 7 Years), Residency History Search, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry (OIG/GSA), and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry. The drug screening will include THC, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, methaqualone, propoxyphene and methadone. If requested by the clinical site, the results of the background/drug checks must be provided to them by the student.

Dress Code

All Nutrition and Dietetics Technician students will be required to adhere to the following dress code when reporting to any clinical facility for the purpose of clinical instruction. It is the student's responsibility to present himself/herself in such a manner as not to offend patients, medical staff, or dietary staff and to represent the dietary department as a professional.

  1. The OCC name badge must be worn at all times for identification purposes.

  2. All students shall be neat and professional in appearance.

  3. Both men and women will follow the dress code of the assigned facility, as required.

  4. No jeans or demin will be allowed as slacks.

  5. Any, if allowed, jewelry worn should be limited and tasteful.

  6. Hair shall be neatly combed. When in the food preparation area, hair shall be covered according to the policies used in the facilities (hair nets, caps, etc.)

Failure to meet the requirements of this dress code will cause you to be sent home and an absence reported against you.


Student Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while on the premises of the hospital/clinic. This includes the following student responsibilities:

  1. Adhere to the prescribed dress code and standards of professionalism.

  2. Arrive and leave the clinical site at the assigned times.

  3. Make up all missed clinical hours, regardless of the reason. This must be arranged with the clinical instructor at a time convenient to the facility and in a timely manner.

  4. Notify the clinical preceptor and the program coordinator when you will be absent or late, due to illness, transportation issues, family emergency or any other reason. This should be done shortly before or at the start of the day. Failure to notify them of your absence may result in withdrawal from the clinical class.

  5. Notify the clinical preceptor and the program coordinator if you must leave the facility early due to illness, family emergency or any other reason. This should be done before you leave the facility. Failure to notify them of your absence may result in withdrawal from the clinical class.

  6. Complete all assignments accurately and thoroughly. If problems arise preventing you from completing your assignment, notify the program coordinator as soon as possible so that assistance can be given.

Other Information

Clinical sites may require drug testing or other blood work.  There may be exposure to hazardous materials or pathogens in the clinical setting.  Students will adhere to all safety and precautionary measures.  The student receives no financial compensation for clinical experience, but does receive course units as a required class in the program.