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Dietetic Internship at CSULB

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California State University Long Beach (CSULB), a metropolitan campus of 37,000 students, offers an Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) combined with a Master of Science in Nutritional Science, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).*

The MS with Internship Program option originates in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services and participates in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The CSULB MS/Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) has one class a year beginning in the fall.

The MS/Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) is a two year program that combines graduate coursework with supervised practice in the greater Los Angeles area. After the Intern completes both the requirements for the MS and the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND), he/she will graduate with a M.S. in Nutritional Science and will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) overseeing the national exam.

Passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians is required for the individual to obtain employment as a professional and place the R.D. credential after their name.

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Why CSULB?

  • A 2-year program combining a Master of Science in Nutritional Science and Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND)
  • Experience diverse training sites in a variety of settings
  • Program breaks that follow the academic calendar: five week winter break, one week spring break, one week summer break
  • Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

What's Unique?

  • A combined 2 year program that allows for the completion of both the MS and Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) in 2 years.
  • A “Nutrition Across the Lifecycle Communication” (NALCC) Concentration which includes preparation for communication and health promotion for individuals from birth to older adulthood
  • Major rotations include foodservice, medical nutrition therapy, and community nutrition
  • Specialty rotations included in the program are burns, outpatient counseling, disordered eating, pediatric medical nutrition therapy, school foodservice, nutrition education, business/entrepreneurship, and clinical research
  • Uniquely designed forums and seminars to expand your professional network and foster future employment opportunities


Things to Consider

  • During the internship, each intern is required to have a car.
  • Interns will be responsible for finding housing off-campus for the duration of the internship.

Minimum Requirements for the M.S. in Nutritional Science with a Dietetic Internship Specialization:

  •  Completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics with an original ‘Verification Statement’ or ‘Intent to Complete’ from the Didactic Program Director
  • GPA: 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale and 3.0 for the last 60 units
  • GRE: Complete verbal and quantitative sections with a minimum score of 4 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE taken within the past 5 years. The GRE is required for acceptance into the M.S. in Nutritional Science program.

Additional Admission Criteria for Students Choosing the Dietetic Internship Specialization

  • Completion of the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application by February 15th.
  • Any changes to Applicant registration information or DI choices on D&D Digital must be made prior to February 15th.
  • Application to CSULB via  http://www.csumentor.edu
  • Application to the MS in Nutritional Science submitted to the Graduate Coordinator of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department
  • Additional application materials to Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) Director by February 15th which includes a nutrition-related experience worksheet and a GPA calculation sheet (found under “Admission Criteria”).
  • Interview with IPND Director and review committee.

Note: Please see “Deadlines” for more details.

*ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Information about ACEND can be obtained by reviewing the website (www.eatright.org/acend) or by writing ACEND at the following address:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Telephone: (800) 877-1600 x 5400

**The Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor's or graduate degree. Graduates of ACEND-accredited programs who are verified by the program director may apply for Dietetic Internships to establish eligibility to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

Last Update: July 18, 2013
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California State University Long Beach
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Minimum Requirements to Apply to DICAS

GPA: 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale and 3.0 for the last 60 units

GRE: Complete verbal and quantitative sections with a minimum score of 4 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE taken within the past 5 years. The GRE is required for acceptance into the M.S. in Nutritional Science program.

Course Verification: "Verification Statement" or "Intent to Complete" for Didactic Program in Dietetics**

Applications:

  • To DICAS according to timeline
  • To the CSULB DI by February 15th
    (non-refundable $45 fee)
  • To the CSULB M.S. Program by February 15th (no fee)
  • To the University ($65 fee)