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The SDSU NDI offers supervised practice opportunities in several regions across the state of South Dakota.

Interns spend the first year of the NDI program engaged in graduate coursework with graduate courses provided on the SDSU Brookings campus. Supervised practice rotations occur during the final academic year of the intern’s program track with the exception of track 3 selected interns who start their orientation in June and supervised practice rotations in Aug. of the year they are matched to the program.

During the Fall semester of the first year in the NDI program; new interns in tracks 1 and 2 (new graduate students) will be asked to identify their regional preference for completion of their supervised practice rotation hours. In addition, interns will be asked to note their potential housing opportunities for a particular region (i.e. family, friends, etc.). Every effort will be made to accommodate intern requests. However, it will be the program director’s final decision regarding placement of interns in a region.

New interns in track 3 (already have a graduate degree) will only be able to provide their regional preference for regions that remain open. Open regions for the upcoming supervised practice academic year 2018-2019 for potential track 3 interns are Aberdeen and Rapid City. Note – for NEW graduate students; this does not apply to you!

By Dec. 1 of the first year in the NDI program; the NDI program director will inform track 1 and track 2 interns of their regional rotation placements for the following year while in supervised practice.

Interns placed into a region may be required to travel ~60 miles to a rotation site which is dependent on where they choose to live during their supervised practice rotations.

Interns will be required to attend the practicum and orientation course at SDSU beginning in June each summer thru July before being placed in a region for their supervised practice hours.

Due to the distance from the SDSU campus for many of the regions, distance forms of communication (i.e. video conferencing, etc.) will be utilized for discussions between the program director and the intern’s graduate faculty advisor while interns are engaged in their supervised practice rotations.

It is the intern’s responsibility to find housing in their supervised practice region. In some regions and at certain facilities, housing may be provided.

Interns are typically assigned to one facility for a majority of both their clinical and management rotations. Depending on region and availability, interns may complete these rotations at more than one site. Community supervised practice hours are typically completed at multiple sites with intern experiences typically in a retail setting, school district, with SDSU Extension and at WIC clinics (Women, Infants & Children).

Regional Rotation Placements

Watertown/Brookings Area(Max Number of Interns = 1) Travel: majority of rotations in Watertown (~26-28 wks.) with some travel to Brookings (~4-6 wks.).

Brookings/Sioux Falls Area (Max Number of Interns = 2)

Travel: majority of rotations in Brookings (~26-28 wks.) with some travel to Sioux Falls (~4-6 wks.).

Sioux Falls/Madison Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls (`20 wks.) with some travel to Madison (~12 wks.).

Sioux Falls/Brookings Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls (~26-28 wks.) with some travel to Brookings (~4-6 wks)

Sioux Falls Area (Max Number of Interns = 5)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas (within ~20 mi.) (~32 wks)

Mixed Region Area (Max Number of Interns = 1) If one of the following areas are full; the other option will not be available)

Option A: Sioux Falls/Mitchell Area

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls (~22 wks) with management rotation in Mitchell (~10 wks)

Option B: Pierre/Mitchell Area

Travel: majority of rotations in Pierre (~22 wks) with management rotation in Mitchell (~10 wks)

Note: housing may be provided at no cost via management site in Mitchell but is subject to availability.

Yankton/Vermillion Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Yankton (~28-30 wks.) with some travel to Vermillion (~2-4 wks.).

Aberdeen Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Aberdeen and surrounding areas (within ~20 mi.) (~32 wks)

Mitchell Area (Max Number of Interns = 1)

Travel: majority of rotations in Mitchell and surrounding areas (within ~20 mi.) (~32 wks)

Rapid City Area (Max Number of Interns = 2)

Travel: majority of rotations in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas (within ~20 mi.) (~32 wks)

Site List

Sites utilized by the NDI are subject to change dependent on scheduling needs, preceptor availability, etc.

Watertown and Brookings Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, Watertown School District, WIC clinics, Hy-Vee Grocery Store in Watertown and/or Brookings
  • Management Rotation: Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, Aramark Services in Brookings
  • Clinical Rotation: Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, Brown Clinic, area Long Term Care Facilities

Brookings and Sioux Falls Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, SDSU Wellness Center, Feeding Brookings, WIC clinics, Hy-Vee Grocery Stores in Brookings and Sioux Falls, Brookings School District, Sioux Falls School District, Brandon School District, Active Generations in Sioux Falls, Sanford Worksite Wellness, CBM Managed Services
  • Management Rotation: Brookings Health System, VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, Sanford in Sioux Falls, Avera in Sioux Falls, Avera Heart in Sioux Falls
  • Clinical Rotation: Brookings Health System, United Living Community in Brookings, VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, Sanford in Sioux Falls, Avera in Sioux Falls, Avera Heart in Sioux Falls, Avera Diabetes Center, Lifescape in Sioux Falls, Dakotabilities in Sioux Falls and Sanford Children’s Specialty in Sioux Falls, Madison Regional Hospital

Yankton and Vermillion Area

  • Community Rotation: Yankton School District, Hy-Vee Grocery Store in Yankton, area WIC clinics, SDSU Extension
  • Management Rotation: Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, Human Services Center in Yankton
  • Clinical Rotation: Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton, Human Services Center in Yankton, Sanford Health in Vermillion, area Long Term Care Facilities

Aberdeen Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, SD Department of Health Consultant in Faulkton, Consultant for area healthcare facilities and community outreach in Faulkton, Aberdeen School District, area WIC clinics
  • Management Rotation: Avera St. Lukes
  • Clinical Rotation: Avera St. Lukes, Sanford Medical Center, area Long Term Care Facilities

Mitchell Area

  • Community Rotation: SDSU Extension, Mitchell School District, area WIC clinics
  • Management Rotation: Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell
  • Clinical Rotation: Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, area Long Term Care Facilities

Pierre Area

  • Community Rotation: Pierre School District, area WIC clinics, SDSU Extension
  • Management Rotation: completed in Mitchell or other alternate facility
  • Clinical Rotation: Sanford Health in Chamberlain, Avera in Pierre, area Long Term Care Facilities

Rapid City Area

  • Community Rotation: Rapid City School District, WIC clinics, SDSU Extension
  • Management Rotation: Rapid City Regional Healthcare Facilities, VA in the Black Hills, Youth and Family Services
  • Clinical Rotation: Rapid City Regional Healthcare Facilities, VA in the Black Hills, Indian Health Services, Black Hills Special Services, area Long Term Care Facilities

Scheduling

The number of weeks interns are actively engaged in supervised practice = ~ 49 weeks cumulative, starting June 1st of the intern’s final academic year with the NUTR 795 Practicum and Orientation course on the SDSU campus and ending in April of the following year.

Interns complete ~20 didactic hours and ~60 community hours over 8 weeks in special community projects and the NUTR 795 course during the summer and then the bulk of their supervised practice hours during the fall and spring semesters of their final academic year:

  • ~320 hrs management, 10 wks
  • ~340 hrs community, 10 wks
  • ~400 hrs clinical 11-12 wks

Interns continue to work on research hours related to their critical review paper or thesis throughout the summer and subsequent fall/spring semesters.

The following scheduling blocks are utilized for rotation management and are dependent on regional placement and site/preceptor availability and scheduling preferences. Every effort is made to not “break up” rotation types (i.e. management X 2 weeks then clinical X 2 weeks then back to management, etc.). However, there may be occasions when an intern’s community rotation is broken up with completion at the end or before a clinical or management rotation and is dependent on region, availability of community sites and preceptor scheduling preferences.

Aug – Mid Oct

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Mid Jan – End of March

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*Dietetic interns during supervised practice may have approximately a 2-week holiday break if the experiences of their first rotation are completed prior to Christmas and approved by the current supervised practice preceptor. Some preceptors have requested that intern hours reflect the hours that staff are working and will not receive time off between the Christmas and New Year holidays. Please refer to the Vacation and Absence policy section of this handbook.

Unique Experience Opportunities

Interns will have an opportunity to choose from various “unique experiences” located in various parts of SD. These types of experiences are voluntary and the intern is not required to choose a unique experience. The availability of these experiences is dependent on preceptor and/or site agreements and may be subject to change. These experiences are typically 1-2 weeks in length. Because these experiences may be outside of the intern’s home base region where they are doing the majority of their supervised practice rotations, lodging accommodations will be made at hotels that accept SDState rates. Interns can be eligible to receive lodging paid for by the internship for a maximum of 5 nights. If the intern desires to stay longer, any additional lodging expense will be the intern’s responsibility. Interns will be required to use their own vehicle and will not be reimbursed for travel or meals during these experiences. The program director will ascertain interest and ask interns to rank their preferences. Every effort will be made to accommodate the intern’s wishes however this may not always be possible depending on availability of experiences, intern preferences and the NDI budget. In the event that there are more “top” choices for a unique experience than there is availability – the program director will consider the intern’s rotation schedules and in some cases, “draw from a hat” to make any final determinations! Examples of unique experiences include but are not limited to: Indian Health Services, Community and Long Term Care Consultants and Healthcare facilities serving children and/or adults with disabilities.