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.
|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|
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.
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.
|Area of Assessment||Requirement
(Program Specific Learning and Experiences)
Training/job experience must have been received at a facility which meets the requirements as stated below:
|Minimum Requirements of the Supervisors||
|Length of Experience||
|Competency Skills/Type of competency||
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 eatright.org 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
|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|
|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