Program: Dietetic Internship Certificate

Program Description

Certificate of Dietetic Internship

The Certificate of Dietetic Internship (DI) program enables students to complete the required hours of supervised practice and coursework necessary for eligibility for the Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Certificate of Dietetic Internship program, applicants must possess:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in any field of study.
  2. A verification statement from an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) approved/accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or a declaration of intent to complete the DPD courses prior to starting the Dietetic Internship.
  3. No less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants for the Certificate of Dietetic Internship program with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA who can demonstrate evidence of academic acumen may submit their application for consideration and must take and include GRE scores.
  4. The CSUN DI participates in the Dietetic Internship Central Application Services (DICAS) and D&D Digital Online Dietetics Internship Matching Service for AND. Applications for the DI must be submitted through DICAS and D&D Digital for consideration.

B. Program Requirements

FCS 570 Practicum in Nutrition Therapy (3-3)
FCS 571 Practicum in Food Service Systems Management (3)
FCS 572 Practicum in Community Nutrition (3-3)
FCS 573 Seminar for Dietetic Interns (3-3)
FCS 606 Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism (3)
FCS 607 Carbohydrate, Lipid and Protein Metabolism (3)
FCS 681 Research Methods (3)
FCS 682 Research Applications (3)

Total Units Required for the Certificate: 33


Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Chair: Yi Cai
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 141
(818) 677-3051

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Dietetic Internship Certificate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of human ecological theory and the integrative nature of the family and consumer sciences profession.
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge from their program of study to current and future issues of well-being for individuals, families and global communities.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical standards.
  4. Apply professional practice standards and skills.