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Preceptor Resources

Dear Site Preceptor:

I want to express my most sincere appreciation to you for agreeing to precept interns in the Benedictine University (BenU) supervised practice program. As a preceptor, you are an essential and integral component of dietetics education and that there would be no supervised practice without YOU! I know you agreed to take on the role of preceptor in addition to the traditional responsibilities of your job and out of your willingness to support nutrition education and help develop skilled practitioners.

I view you, the preceptor, as my partner in the education of dietetic interns. My goal is to have you actively participate in the continuous quality improvement process surrounding the BenU Dietetic Internship (DI). As the DI Director, it is challenging for me to always know what will work best for all sites, preceptors, and students. Please communicate to me what is working well and what processes require improvement or modification.

Your input regarding the interns, scheduling, rotations, assignments, etc. is essential to the success of this internship. I RESPECT your expertise and welcome your feedback on a continuous basis, both through informal and formal means.

Please feel free to contact me through email, [email protected], or phone, 630-829-6548.

Nikki DeWalt

Dietetic Internship Site Preceptor
Training Resources

CPE Opportunities

ACEND Training Modules

Program is free and counts for 8 CEUs


Competency-based learning
(click on hyperlinks for articles)

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

Online Professional Development Resources


BenU DI Handbook

This handbook and associated materials were created to serve as a resource for the preceptors who have so graciously agreed to precept for the Benedictine University Dietetic Interns.

BenU DI Handbook

Nikki DeWalt, MS, RD, LDN
Dietetic Internship Director
[email protected]

Bonnie Beezhold, PhD, MHS, MCHES®
Associate Dean, College of Science and Health
Associate Professor | Dept of Nutrition and Public Health
o: 630-829-1145   c: 480-620-6773
[email protected]