Interns may apply for credit for prior paid work or volunteer experiences towards completion of their supervised practice hours. To receive credit, interns must first be enrolled in the NYDDI program. Credit is only offered for core rotations, food service or community nutrition. We do not offer credit for the clinical nutrition or the elective rotation.

An intern must have either worked or volunteered a minimum of six (6) months at the job. Paid work or volunteering must have been completed during the past five years.

Prior learning credit is completed in the DI app. There are areas for interns to list their work duties and responsibilities. Responses must be specific and detailed.

It is required to have documentation and description of work experiences attested to by an immediate supervisor. Prior learning must demonstrate the achievement of required competencies in nutrition and dietetics as outlined in the ACEND competencies.

If an intern worked as an accredited Dietetic Technician, the application for prior credit will be reviewed with due consideration.


There is no charge for NYDDI to review prior learning applications.

Interns may receive up to 25% maximum equal to 250 hours reduction of the 1000 hours required hours.

Some examples of work activities include: 

For Food Service -

  • Recipes – either evaluating, testing, or standardizing

  • Menu development

  • Planning and implementing special events

  • Food production planning, record keeping, and implementation

  • Sanitation reviews

  • In-service training for staff and volunteers

For Community Nutrition -

  • Lesson plans for education sessionsg. diabetes classes, pregnant / lactating classes

  • Providing nutrition education and counseling

  • Following regulatory compliance e.g., assisting on completing assessments and surveys 

  • Interviewing patients / clients

  • Scheduling staff

  • Similar examples that fulfill competencies

Circling menus, calling replacement staff, delivering trays or meals, working on the trayline, posting signs /notices, prepping meals, taking attendance at meetings, calling clients, driving clients to appointments, social visits with clients

The prior learning documentation is reviewed by the program director. Prior learning credit hours approval is at the sole discretion of the Program Director, Leslie Rosen, MA, RDN, CDN. Decisions for credit hours is not subject to appeal and does not affect program fees.