California State University Long Beach (CSULB), a metropolitan campus of 37,000 students, offers a Dietetic Internship (DI) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).*
The DI originates in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services and participates in the DI Centralized Application System (DICAS). The CSULB DI has one class a year beginning in the fall.
The DI combines graduate coursework with supervised practice in the greater Los Angeles area. After the Intern completes the dietetic internship and meets all requirements, he/she 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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Minimum Requirement to Apply to the M.S. in Nutritional Science, Dietetic Internship Specialization
Additional Admission Criteria for Students Choosing the Dietetic Internship Emphasis
1. Completion of a ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics with an original Verification Statement from the Didactic Program Director;
2. Related volunteer or work experience in the United States;
3. Completion of the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) application by February 15th;
4. Additional application materials to Program Director by February 15th which includes a nutrition-related experience worksheet and a GPA calculation sheet (both forms can be downloaded from the Internship Program website: www.csulb.edu/dieteticinternship); and,
5. Interview with Program Director and review committee.
*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.
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**