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Internship – PAL Track

Florida Department of Health in Pasco County

Part-Time with Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) 

About the PAL Track

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County Dietetic Internship has a process for granting internship credit in specific rotations based on an assessment of prior learning in relationship to meeting the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Core Competencies for the Registered Dietitian (RD). Applicants who are licensed as a dietitian/nutritionist (LD/N) in Florida and non-traditional students often bring knowledge and experiences that have been acquired in settings other than the traditional academic and supervised practice locations. For the Prior Assessed Learning (PAL) Track, an applicant's previous life experiences including work, volunteer, achievement or education may qualify them for PAL credit. Interns are self-directed for this track.


Florida Licensed Dietitians and/or the non-traditional candidates with extensive dietetic experience


Required tuition is $2,250

Class Size

  • Three part-time interns
  • Interns are placed throughout Florida (preferably one in each of the regions: Duval County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County or Pasco County)

Supervised Practice and Didactic Hours

The PAL Track consists of a minimum of total 1200 supervised practice hours. Upon appointment to the internship program, the intern must submit a portfolio for learning credit consideration to the Internship Program Director at least two months prior to the start of supervised practice. The portfolio documentation must support analysis of actual learning with the ACEND Core Competencies for the RD. 

Licensed Dietitian

  • Granted up to 900 supervised practice hours
  • Mandatory completion of a minimum of 300 hours
  • Didactic education determined by Program Director based on assessment of prior learning and entrance exam score

Non-Traditional candidate with significant experience in Dietetics

  • Granted up to 560 supervised practice hours
  • Mandatory completion of a minimum of  640 hours
  • Mandatory completion of a minimum of 168 hours in didactic education


Program Completion Requirements

A program schedule and completion date is determined based on the requirements of the program but will not exceed a period of 24 months. The class graduation ceremony is celebrated in June. For completion of the internship, the following program requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a minimum of 1,200 supervised practice hours and 168 didactic education hours (if applicable)
  • Completion of all assignments
  • Completion of all scheduled rotations with final evaluation rating of three or above
  • Completion of each didactic area comprising of assignments and exams with an overall average numeric grade of 80 or above in each didactic area (if applicable)
  • Attendance at all Dietetic Internship meetings (if applicable)