California State University Long Beach (CSULB), a metropolitan campus of 37,000 students, offers an Internship Program in Nutrition & Dietetics (IPND) combined with a Master of Science in Nutritional Science, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) *
The 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 Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND)/MS has one cohort of Interns beginning in the fall annually.
This two-year program 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 CDR Credentialing Exam. The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) overseeing the national exam.
Passing the CDR Exam is required for the individual to obtain employment as a professional and place the R.D. credential after their name. The CSULB IPND has a 98% pass rate for graduates in their first attempt. Program outcome data are available upon request.
The IPND/MS program follows the CSULB Academic Calendar which is available for review.
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Attend a 2-year program linking a Master of Science in Nutritional Science with an Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND),
Experience diverse training sites in a variety of settings,
Enjoy program holidays that follow the academic calendar: 1-week Thanksgiving holiday, 5-week winter break, 1-week spring break, 1-week summer break, and
Use the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) and D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
A 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 include burns, outpatient counseling, disordered eating, pediatric medical nutrition therapy, school foodservice, nutrition education, business/entrepreneurship, and clinical nutrition research, and
Uniquely designed seminars to expand your professional network and to 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.
Review the CSULB Catalog to answer any questions.
Minimum Requirements for the Dietetic Internship with an M.S. in Nutritional Science degree:
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, and
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
Completion of the 'Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System' (DICAS) application by February 15th,
Submission with ranking of Internship choices on D&D Digital by February 15th,
Application to the MS in Nutritional Science submitted to Dr. Virginia Gray, RD, the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,
Submission to Dr. Gail Frank, RD, CHES, the Dietetic Internship Program Director, by February 15th,
The 'Nutrition-Related Work Experience' sheet (available as a WORD document under 'Admission Criteria'),
The 'GPA Calculation' sheet (available as a WORD document under “Admission Criteria”), and
The application fee: Pay Online at CashNet
Interview with IPND Director and Review Committee.
Note: Please see “Deadlines” section of this website for more details.
*ACEND -- 'The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics is an autonomous accrediting agency for education programs preparing students to begin careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. Programs meeting the ACEND® Accreditation Standards are accredited by ACEND®.' http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend/about-acend
For more information write to ACEND at the following address:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
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 DPD programs, who are verified by the Program Director, may apply for Dietetic Internships to establish eligibility to take the CDR registration examination for dietitians.