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Preceptor Resources

Preceptor Resources

At Benedictine University, we recognize the invaluable role our site preceptors play in the success of our Dietetic Internship (DI) program. Your commitment to mentoring and guiding interns is not just appreciated; it’s fundamental to the education and development of future dietetic professionals.

You Make the Difference

Your willingness to take on the role of a preceptor, in addition to your existing professional responsibilities, is a testament to your dedication to advancing nutrition education and shaping skilled practitioners. We understand that the success of our supervised practice program hinges on your expertise and involvement.

Partners in Education

As a preceptor, you are more than a mentor; you are a partner in the educational journey of our dietetic interns. Our aim is to involve you actively in the continuous improvement of the Benedictine University Dietetic Internship. Your insights and experiences are crucial in shaping a program that is beneficial for all – sites, preceptors, and students alike.

Your Voice Matters

We highly value your feedback on all aspects of the internship experience, from scheduling and rotations to assignments and overall structure. Your perspective is key to the ongoing success and evolution of our program. We respect your expertise and encourage you to share your thoughts and suggestions, both informally and formally.

Stay Connected

Your input is always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Janet Millikan, the DI Director, with any comments, concerns, or ideas. You can contact her via email at [email protected] or by phone at 630-829-6548.

Thank you for your dedication and for being an integral part of the Benedictine University community. Your contribution is making a significant impact on the future of dietetics.

Dietetic Internship Competency Domains (2022)

Domain 1. Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Integration of scientific information and translation of research into practice.

Domain 2. Professional Practice Expectations: Beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner level of practice.

Domain 3. Clinical and Client Services: Development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.

Domain 4. Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.

Domain 5. Leadership and Career Management: Skills, strengths, knowledge and experience relevant to leadership potential and professional growth for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner

Dietetic Internship Core Competencies (2022)

Competency-based learning

Worsfold, Leanne: Competency-Based Approach – provides an introduction to the benefits of competency-based learning models in health care professions

What is Reflective Practice? By Amulya Joy

Miller’s Pyramid of Assessment – begins with levels of competence, and provides pointers for good feedback. In the Dietetic Internship, students need to reach the “does” level in most cases

Defining Competencies and Outlining Assessment Strategies for Competency-Based Education Programs, Pearson.


Using Questions as a Teaching Strategy

The Dietitian Perspective: What Makes a Successful Preceptor?

The Intern Perspective: What Makes a Successful Preceptor?

Tips for Dietetic Preceptors: Part 1

Tips for Dietetic Preceptors: Part 2

Critical Thinking in a Dietetic Internship Setting

Preceptor Training Program

This complimentary (free) program by ACEND counts for 8 CPEUs. It was updated in 2023.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

ACEND offers numerous free webinars and other resources to address diversity, equity and inclusion in its accredited programs, with each providing 1-1.5 CPEUs. These webinars are free to all. All are encouraged to view them, including preceptors, faculty, students, and interns).


ACEND Orientation Handout

Guide to Being an Effective Preceptor: Part 1 and 2, by NDEP

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