A practicum will give you real-world experience under the direction of a qualified dietetics professional.

Students can learn more about the profession of dietetics by completing a practicum. By working with an experienced preceptor, students apply knowledge from their classes in a real-life setting and begin to develop professional contacts in the field.

Practicum Courses

FDNS 5800: Peer Nutrition Educator (PNE) Program

Register in Summer semester to be part of the year-long Peer Nutrition Educator Program. Peer Nutrition Educators are students who work with UGA Dining Services and the University Health Center's Registered Dietitians offering informative programs and one-to-one nutrition advisement. Click here for more information on Peer Nutrition Education. 

Instructors: Whitni McConnell and Katherine Ingerson

Course Credits: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites for FDNS 5800 are FDNS 2100 and FDNS 3600/L. It is best to participate in a practicum during one of the last 3 semesters of your degree.

FDNS 5910: Fall, Spring, or Summer Practicum - Sites on campus, in Athens, or out of the area

Instructors: Dr. Emma Laing- Fall, Spring

                   Dr. Barbara Grossman- Summer

Course credits: 3 semester hours, 135 hours of experience

  • 120 hours of supervised practice
  •  15 hours in related assignments

See the FDNS 5910 Foods and Nutrition Internship Advisement Checklist for prerequisites and suggested coursework. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher is required in order to register for FDNS 5910.

Dietetics Practicum: Step by Step

FDNS 5800

Students who are interested in participating in the program should complete an application online at http://www.uhs.uga.edu/nutrition/index.html (this also includes the required faculty recommendation form). Please call or email Whitni McConnell 706-542-8690; wmcconnell@uhs.uga.edu or Katherine Ingerson 706-542-7313; ingerson@uga.edu, if you have any questions.

FDNS 5910

  1. Students who are interested in participating in this program must complete the FDNS 5910 Foods and Nutrition Internship Advisement Checklist and bring it and an unofficial transcript to your advisor at a scheduled meeting for your advisor's approval. 
  2. ​After the course instructor reviews and approves your submitted Advisement Checklist, you will be invited by email to complete a Request Form for Practicum Site. You can find a list of possible practicum sites here.  After reviewing your Practicum Site requests, Dr. Laing (Fall and Spring) or Dr. Grossman (Summer) will inform you of your assigned practicum site and the contact information for your preceptor. They will also provide information on an orientation, background check, and immunization requirements for a hospital setting. Hospitals require background checks, drug screens, TB tests, and/or immunization records, and may require medical exams, a flu shot, and completion of CPR training. You are responsible for the costs of these procedures. The typical cost for the background check and drug screen is $95.00. Purchasing liability insurance (student: HPSO.com is approximately $37) is also required for hospital settings. CPR from the American Heart Association costs approximately $85. Two TB tests cost approximately $45.
  3. ​Call the preceptor to introduce yourself and set an appointment to discuss a schedule.
  4. Once you are informed of the requirements for your practicum site, the orientation, background checks, TB tests, and other needed procedures should be started. It takes as long as 2 months to complete this process, so you must plan to start this in June for a Fall practicum, in early November for a Spring practicum, and by March 1 for a summer practicum.
  5. Once you speak with the preceptor, finalize your practicum schedule. You should log approximately 9 hours per week (in summer, 16 hours per week) to total 125 hours (and one hour per week should be obtained in related experiences or assignments). These hours are flexible, and some weeks you may work more or less in your practicum's facility.
  6. Once you have submitted the requirements for your site, your course instructor will clear you to register for the course, and you should now register for FDNS 5910. 
  7. Dr. Laing or Dr. Grossman will communicate with all practicum students periodically during the semester to discuss the experiences of the practicum.
  8. At the midpoint of yor practicum, you should complete and submit the Mid-Point Evaluation form
  9. Keep a Practicum Activity Log of hours and types of activities throughout the practicum.
  10. Be certain to call your preceptor if you are not able to be there when you are scheduled. You must make up the hours that you miss. Discuss with your preceptor how best to do this.
  11. Read and follow the Professional Guidelines for a Practicum.
  12. At the completion of your practicum, your preceptor must complete and submit the Final Evaluation Form. 

Interested students must submit a completed advisement checklist no later than January 30th for the fall semester or July 31st for the spring or summer semester (checklists for summer 2018 semester will be accepted through October 31st, 2017).