Nutrition Training at the Seattle PPC

The purpose of the nutrition traineeship is to develop leaders within the discipline of nutrition who are prepared to provide, assess, develop, and assure optimal systems of nutritional care for children with special health care needs.

The trainee experience takes place in a variety of settings and prepares nutritionists to function as part of an interdisciplinary health care team and to work with state and local health agencies and providers. At the end of the training, nutrition trainees will have excellent nutritional clinical skills and will understand pulmonary diseases and their impact on the child's environment.

For a description of leadership training, see Goals and Objectives for PPC Trainees and UW MCH Leadership Consortium.

Applying for a PPC Traineeship in Nutrition

Potential trainees should contact Joan Zerzan, RD to discuss the traineeship in detail and receive application materials. Traineeships usually begin in the fall with the University of Washington academic year. Trainees are selected the previous spring.

In the past most trainees were enrolled as graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington, but non-matriculated students who meet other requirements may be considered.


  • Registration or eligible for registration as a dietitian with the American Dietetics Association
  • Previous clinical experience as a dietitian
  • Interest in establishing a career in the field of nutrition for children with special health care needs
  • Enrollment in a graduate program in nutritional sciences or previous completion of a master's level program

Application materials to be submitted:

  • Completed application form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement including goals and objectives that will be met by the PPC training experience
  • Sample of written material such as an article, academic paper, or patient education brochure
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
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