Dietetic Internship Program

The Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathway Program (ISPP) with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provides quality education designed to prepare graduates to be eligible to take and pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and under the Didactic Program in Dietetics of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Program in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology.

This MNT concentration will provide interns with additional experience in their specialty before entering their professions. The MNT sites can be a long term care, an inpatient or outpatient setting, which could also be the site of a community rotation. Up to twenty-five (25) interns will be accepted each year.


September – July of each year

  • 11 months for full-time interns
  • 22 months for part-time interns


The ISPP Program requires that you complete a week of orientation which will be held on campus at CSUSB during the second week of September. Details regarding lodging arrangements will be provided on acceptance to the program.

How to Earn the Certificate

Interns must complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice and pass all three online program modules, in addition to an exit exam before a Verification Statement for ISPP can be issued. This signed Verification Form documents that the individual is eligible to sit for the national registered dietitian (RD) exam; no additional graduate credits are needed.  

Tentative Rotation Schedule
Track Tentative dates Rotation Hours
September 14-November 15, 2016 Community 200
November 16-January 22, 2017 Management (school district, long term care, hospital and/or others) 320
January 25-March 19, 2017 MNT 480
March 22-May 1, 2017 Elective 200
Total 1,200

Program Mission

The mission of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Program (DPD and ISPP) at CSUSB is to provide quality education so that graduates can think critically, communicate effectively, embrace diversity, and demonstrate the knowledge and practical skills to become competent and productive entry level Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Intern Chosen Site Requirements

Preceptors and rotation sites must meet the following criteria:

Minimum requirements of the preceptors:

  • Preceptor must be a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) or other qualified professional with appropriate credential and experience depending on the site and the competencies to be met.
  • Preceptor must be able to document appropriate continuing education for the previous two years.
  • Preceptor must have adequate time to provide required supervision of the intern.
  • Primary preceptor must be employed full-time in the facility.

A “primary preceptor” is an individual who will keep a file of the interns, who will affirm the hours of supervised-practice that the intern completes, and who will maintain appropriate contact with the ISPP Academic Coordinator/DPD Director, instructor, and the intern.

Minimum requirements of the sponsoring facilities:

  • The facility must be accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), the state agency, or other relevant accrediting body.
  • Any facility at which the intern would complete 40 hours or more of practice experience must have a preceptor available on staff.
  • Any facility at which the intern would complete more than 40 hours or one week must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with CSUSB.
  • Any facility at which the intern would complete more than 80 hours or two weeks must have completed Forms 2 and 3 (attached to the brochure)
  • Any facility at which the intern would complete more than one-week rotation, must have sufficient educational resources to support an intern’s educational needs such as computer or appropriate space for interns to work on their assignments.
  • If a facility is unable to provide all the required CSUSB rotations/experiences, then the intern needs an alternate facility to provide the experiences required to meet the ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) competencies.

Choosing sponsored facilities:

  • Intern, DPD Director, and instructor can work together to obtain approval for the intern’s chosen sites after admission to CSUSB ISPP Program.


Interns need to take the responsibility in designing their own rotations schedule with the approval of the prospective facilities by the DPD Director and/or ISPP instructor.

Who is Eligible?

Qualified DPD graduates with a verification statement from DPD who were not previously matched to a DI program.

This is an online part-time program that does not satisfy immigration requirements for any full-time student visa and therefore, the College of Extended Learning cannot issue or accept a transfer of I-20.

Admission Requirements

All interns must meet and complete the following core requirements to be considered for admission into the CSUSB ISPP Program:

  • Application fee - $ 75, check or money order (payable to CSUSB College of Extended Learning).
  • Supplemental application form for CSUSB ISPP Program
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) courses with a minimum overall and DPD GPA of 2.8 on a scale of 4
  • Has or will receive a Verification Statement from an accredited dietetics program and was not matched to a dietetic internship (DI)
  • Relevant work or volunteer experience within the dietetics profession.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A resume
  • Personal Statement

Assessment of Prior Learning

The program has established specific guidelines for interns regarding credit for prior learning, including program specific limitations and documentation needed.

Assigning credit for prior learning: When the requirements listed in the table are met, the intern will be granted credit equivalent to the number of hours required for that rotation as stated in the “Suggested Rotation Schedule.” The required documentation must be provided along with application to the program. Credit will be assigned during the admissions process.

Assessment of Prior Learning

Area of Assessment Requirement
(Program Specific Learning and Experiences)
Required Documentation
Job Experience Training/job experience must have been received at a facility which meets the requirements as stated below:
  • The facility must be accredited by TJC or the state agency
  • Any facility at which the intern would receive prior learning credit hours must have a qualified supervisor (see “Minimum requirements of the supervisors,” Form 3).
  • The facility must complete the Facility Form (Form 3)
  • Job description of the experience completed.
  • Completed Facility form (Form 3).
Minimum Requirements of the Supervisors
  • Supervisor must be registered dietitian or other qualified professional.
  • Supervisor must be able to document appropriate continuing education for the previous two years.
  • The supervisor must complete Form 2.
  • Completed Facility Staff form (Form 2)
  • Valid CDR license
Length of Experience
  • A minimum of six months employment, at least 20 hours per week, in the emphasis area of the rotation.
  • Supervisor must submit a letter of support verifying the length of applicant’s experience at the facility, the applicant’s responsibilities, accomplishments, performance evaluation, and a recommendation for support of the applicant for prior learning experience and for admission into the CSUSB ISPP program.
  • A letter of support from the supervisor.
Competency Skills/Type of competency
  • Interns must demonstrate mastery of all the competency skills of the supervised practice curriculum for the specific rotation for which they are seeking prior learning credit.
  • If any of the competency skills have not been met during the experience, the prospective intern must arrange with the facility to complete those skills before credit can be granted.
  • A letter of support from the supervisor.
  • Signed “Supervised Practice Curriculum/ Competencies.”

Financial Information

Interns may apply for private loans for the certificate program. Private grants or scholarship, as well as low interest loans, may be available from corporations, community, civic groups, religious or professional organizations, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the California Dietetic Association, and CSUSB Foundation. These organizations set their own deadline for application so please go to their websites to obtain information and application. Scholarship eligibility criteria for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are usually published in the September issue of A.N.D. Journal. You will need to apply for the AND scholarship by Feb 15 of each year. Go to Foundation of the Academy at for information.

Internships at various settings including but not limited to hospitals, foodservice, long term care, public health and wellness facilities across the USA.

Rotation assignments will be assigned by the ISPP academic coordinator according to intern’s previous experience and academic background.

Interns may receive credit for previous experience by the ISPP Academic Coordinator. Credit hours will be awarded based on job descriptions, length of experience, and a letter of recommendation by the immediate supervisor. The number of credit hours granted is based on the hours listed in the Suggested Rotation Schedule in the Number of Practicum Hours.

Expenses Covered by the ISPP Program

  • Lab Coat with intern’s name
  • CSUSB ID badge
  • Malpractice/Professional Liability Insurance
  • Live Scan services for one D.O.J. background check
  • Student membership in A.N.D
  • A.N.D. pin at graduation
Estimated Expenses
Expenses Fees*
Tuition $9,700
Housing per Quarter $1,500 to $2,500
Books/Supplies/RD Exam Review $50 to $500
Exam Fee for Registration $200
Application Fee (Money Order) $75
Health Insurance Required Varies
Car Insurance Required Varies
Registration for Local/State Meeting Varies



Estimated Expenses
Expenses Fees*
Cost per quarter after 11 mo. for full-time $1,000
Cost per quarter after 20 mo. for part-time $1,000
Part-time interns cost for 2nd year up to 20 mo. $3,000 additional payable second year

* Fees are subject to change

Please check back in February 2018 for information on applying for the 2018-19 program