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We are proud to announce that the leadership of the Academy has declared April to be

National Preceptor Month!

Words cannot convey our appreciation to the many Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and health professionals in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and beyond for their continuous support.


Benefits Of Being A Preceptor For Dietitians And Institutions


  • Recruitment. The institution has the advantage of reviewing the students' performance and screening them for a match as future employees.  Since the student is already familiar with the institution, they require less orientation and training upon hire.
  • Improved quality of care. A study by Zisberg et al. (2003) found that nurses gave a higher quality of care when working with students than when nurses were not working with students. This might be explained because the staff became more aware of their own performance and focused more intently on the care they were providing when working with the students.
  • Professional development.  Student presence and questions stimulate and intellectually challenge staff.  They bring fresh ideas and up-to-date information.  For example, many facilities have received assistance from interns with implementing the Nutrition Care Process.
  • Provide assistance with job responsibilities and additional duties.  For example, students can be asked to develop educational materials, analyze menus or teach classes that staff might not have the extra time to complete. 
  • Personal satisfaction experienced by staff of mentoring students.


    How to be a Preceptor or Mentor

    Go to:


    Free Online Preceptor Training

    The Commission on Dietetic Registration offers a free Online Dietetic Preceptor Training Module worth 8 CPEUs.

    Click here for the Dietetics Preceptor Training Program 

     2015 - CDR discussion on Preceptor CPEs


    Preceptor material 

    Coding and Billing Handbook: A Guide for Program Directors and Preceptors - free for Academy members

    This Handbook provides foundation knowledge and suggested supervised practice experiences to help interns become competent in this area.


    Preceptor Award

    Marywood University's Nutrition and Dietetics Department

    Proudly presents the Preceptor Award in Recognition of Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring for:

    2016 to Ms. Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RDN, LDN 

    2015 to Ms. Kathy Alfieri, RD, LDN, CNM | Clinical Nutrition Manager Morrison Healthcare | Moses Taylor Hospital | Commonwealth Health

    Kathy Alfieri, 2015 Preceptor of the year

    2014 to Ms. Barbara Griggs-Pratt, MA, RDN | Clinical Nutrition Manager | Wayne Memorial Hospital


    2013 to Ms. Laurie Waskovich, MS, RD | Nutrition Education Coordinator |Maternal and Family Health Services


    2012 to Ms. Helen Pickering, RDN, CDE, LDN | Clinical Nutrition Manager/Patient Services Manager | Metz Culinary Management

    Helen Pickering Preceptor of the year

    Be a Member of the DPG: Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) 

    The dietetic education system is multi-tiered; consisting of didactic program instructors and directors, supervised practice program directors and preceptors.  NDEP is the practice group for Dietetic Educators and Preceptors.  

    All the faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University are members and has found their membership as extremely worthwhile. The annual NDEP meeting is usually in the month of April and provides ~ 10 CPEs in 1.5 days.

    Go to:  to join!