Preceptors and Mentors

Preceptors make a difference in the lives of students who are learning to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists or Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered by acting as a mentor and training the dietetic professionals of the future.

Become a Preceptor

Find-a-Preceptor Database

ACEND® has unveiled a database which allows practitioners to register to potentially become preceptors and join the effort to guide and educate the next generation of dietetic professionals. The Find-a-Preceptor Database allows program directors and students, who are members of the Academy, to search for a preceptor within a certain geographical or specialty area.


Update Your Existing Profile in the Find-a-Preceptor Database

  • Click on the green button above that states "Preceptor Sign Up Page".
  • Under the "Existing Member" title, Click the blue "Log In" button. Enter your user name and password on the next screen. Note: If you are an Academy member, you must enter your Academy number. If you are not an Academy member, use the unique user name and password you developed when you registered in the database.
  • You will then see your profile on the screen. Click on the blue "Update My Profile".
    • Updating your Bio or information about yourself: Make any edits to the bio, zip codes or practice areas.
    • Updating your Availability as a Preceptor: In your profile, you will want to mark the following to note that you are currently "unavailable"/"available" to take interns,
      • Check the first check box "Yes, I want to be listed in the preceptor database" so that you are searchable in the database.
      • Check the second checkbox that says currently you are unavailable "Currently Not Accepting Students" or uncheck the second box to show you are available to take interns.
    • Removing yourself from the Database: If you no longer wish to be in the Find-a-Preceptor Database, you will want to UNCHECK the first checkbox that reads "Yes, I want to be listed in the preceptor database." With this box UNCHECKED, you will no longer be listed in the database.

National Preceptor Month

Initiated in 2013, April was named National Preceptor Month in an effort to raise awareness of not only the need for preceptors but also to recognize and thank the practitioners who help create the next generation of professionals by teaching students in their workplace. Without preceptors, our profession and our Academy would not exist.

During National Preceptor Month, interns and program directors are asked to thank those who are making a difference. No matter how small or large the thank you is - it is a much-needed thank you for all the hard work preceptors do on a daily basis.

  • See what students and programs are doing to thank their preceptors during National Preceptor Month.
  • Outstanding Preceptor Awards

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation funds six awards on behalf of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) to recognize preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors.

    The award will provide reimbursement of up $1,000 for expenses related to attending FNCE®. The six award recipients are recognized at the Academy Member Showcase and the NDEP Member Meetings at FNCE® each year. The award recipients also receive a complimentary one-year membership to NDEP.

    Every year in January, a survey link is sent out to program directors to begin collecting preceptor nominations within their program. Nominations are collected and the winners are chosen by the NDEP selection committees for each area. Winners are announced in April during National Preceptor Month.


    Additional Resources

    Preceptor Certificate of Appreciations

    Thank your preceptors by providing them with a Certificate of Appreciation.

    CPEUs for Precepting

    As of June 1, 2017, preceptors may record a total of 15 CPEUs per 5-year cycle for precepting and/or leadership on your Activity Log. For more information and to obtain the necessary forms, visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

    Preceptor Training Program

    The Commission on Dietetic Registration has an 8 CPEU Preceptor Training Program available free of charge. To locate this training, visit the CDR online training campus.

    Supply and Demand for Internships

    Internship Supply and Demand

    Learn more.

    Are There Enough Jobs for Dietitians?

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of jobs for registered dietitians and nutritionists will increase by 9 percent between 2008 and 2018; however, we believe that even more RDs will be needed, because of the on-going U.S. health crisis.

    Questions or Comments

    Please contact preceptor@eatright.org with any questions or concerns related to preceptors.

    ISPP Preceptors

    Visit ACEND's ISPPs page if you are interested in volunteering as a preceptor for a program offering an ISPP.

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