Assessment of Prior Learning

Do you have extensive learning and professional competence acquired outside the academic setting? If yes, check out our Waiver for Practical Experience.

Prior Learning Assessment of Professional Competence to Waive Practicum Course Requirements

Program Description

The Sage Dietetic Internship recognizes that all learning by adults does not occur in the structured academic classroom. Rather, significant learning occurs on a daily basis in such manners as participation in work responsibilities, community services activities, employer or armed service sponsored training, and disciplined programs of self education. In many cases the experiential learning that takes place is in areas of knowledge encompassed by academic degree programs. Additionally, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) no longer requires the Dietetic Internship (DI) be the sole custodian of the whole body of experiential learning to qualify for the registered dietitian examination. The AND now allows programs the flexibility to modify supervised experiences for individuals with extensive learning and professional competence acquired outside the academic setting.

The Sage DI has determined that an effective process for the assessment and validation of professional competence, which fits appropriately and meaningfully into achieving our program requirements, can be granted. The Sage DI Assessment of Professional Competence process provides limited waivers in a way that recognizes the learning achievements of students while conserving their resources of time and money in the pursuit of the supervised practical experience.


The Sage Colleges Dietetic Internship (SGS DI) Program participates in the “Assessment of Prior Learning” recognized by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Dietetic interns may apply for credit towards supervised practice hours gained from a paid fulltime position of at least six months after successful completion of a ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics (DPD).

Policy Standards

  1. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 1200 supervised practicum hours
  2. Hours must meet the defined ACEND learning outcomes and competencies
  3. All tuition and fees for the SGS DI will remain the same regardless of prior learning credit awarded.
  4. Graduation date will not change regardless of prior learning credit awarded
  5. Intern must complete all associated graduate courses, regardless of prior learning credits awarded
  6. No prior learning credit will be awarded towards the Clinical Practicum Supervised Practice Hours
  7. Students requesting Assessment of Prior Learning must pay a $50 evaluation fee


  1. Intern will contact the Program Director by phone or email after acceptance into the SGS DI to request an assessment of prior learning. If request is verbally approved, intern will submit “Prior Learning Portfolio” by June 1st.
  2. Program Director will provide the intern with the ACEND Learning Objectives & Competencies Table (Appendix A)
  3. Interns applying for credit towards supervised practice hours must submit a complete "Prior Learning Portfolio", by mail to the DI Director by June 1st.
    • Mailing Address:
      Keri McComb, MS, RD, CDN
      Nutrition Science Department
      The Sage Colleges
      65 First Street
      Troy, NY 12180-4199
  4. The Prior Learning Portfolio must include the following:
    1. Completed ACEND Learning Objectives & Competencies table (Appendix A)
    2. Documentation to support that each competency was met (i.e. job description, performance review, samples of projects, reports, presentations, and professional practice that demonstrates advance knowledge and skill in dietetics, etc.)
    3. Letter from immediate supervisor verifying experience
    4. $50 Evaluation Fee (checks should be made out to: The Sage Colleges)

Eligibility and Criteria for Candidates

To ensure that a student meets all of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' prerequisites, the student must first complete the Sage Dietetic Internship Application. Students who meet these criteria and have sufficient additional learning experiences may request a waiver for either a portion of the practical experiences required by the DI.

The Dietetic Internship Director will review the prior Learning Assessment application process with any interested intern.  However, it is the applicant's responsibility to determine their level of competency when deciding to pursue the Practicum Waiver Portfolio. Please contact the DI Director to schedule an appointment to review the process.