Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Mission Statement

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science's mission -- working in collaboration with alumni, community and industry -- is to provide quality education to baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and to prepare them to be competent, ethical professionals in their chosen careers. The department's vision is that graduates will significantly impact on the health and well-being of members of society.

The dietetic internship's mission is to provide planned learning experiences in clinical, management and community settings that integrate knowledge and competencies with the standards of practice for dietitians. Entry-level dietetic practitioners are thereby empowered with professional competencies vital to quality dietetic practice. Students in the dietetic internship exemplify “learning by doing” by applying knowledge acquired during didactic programs while enrolled in the supervised practice component.


Goal 1 - To prepare graduates to be competent entry-level practitioners through the application of knowledge acquired in the program to the practical setting in both administration and medical nutrition therapy.

Goal 2 - to prepare graduates to assume positions in a variety of career opportunities and leadership roles and to maintain lifelong learning within the profession of nutrition and dietetics.


  1. At least 80 percent of graduates will complete the program in 15 months or 150 percent of the time planned for completion.
  2. Over a five-year period,  more than 80 percent of graduates will pass the RD exam on the first try.
  3. At least 80 percent of graduates will rate themselves as being ready for entry-level practice at the completion of the program.
  4. Within 12 months of graduation, at least 80 percent of graduates will be employed in dietetics or pursuing advanced degrees within the profession of nutrition and dietetics.


To prepare dietetic interns in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) through a variety of supervised practice experiences. 
a. At least 80 percent of graduates will rate themselves as “Prepared” or “Well Prepared” in MNT knowledge and skills for their first entry-level position 
b. At least 50 percent of graduates will seek employment in MNT-related positions 

The dietetic internship follows the baccalaureate degree and completion of required coursework. Once interns complete the dietetic internship, they are eligible to sit for the examination to become a registered dietitian.


The dietetic internship at Cal Poly Pomona is currently granted Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

ACEND® contact information:

120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

(800) 877-1600, ext. 5400


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