Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Program Description

Program Level:  Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Program Length: 10 months

The Dietetic Internship runs concurrent with the academic calendar, beginning in August and ending in June. The program consists of one week of Orientation, followed by 1,200 hours of supervised practice and approximately 160 didactic hours. These hours are distributed as follows:

  • 38 weeks of supervised practice, approximately 32 hours each week
  • Monday classes, approximately six hours weekly 

Program Concentration: Medical Nutrition Therapy

The program concentration of Medical Nutrition Therapy includes instruction in management, clinical rotations, and community settings. Interns are assigned to one hospital site, at the discretion of the Selection Committee, where they complete food service, management, and clinical rotations.

Supervised Practice

Clinical services rotations in general medical/surgical, diabetes, cardiac care, nutrition support, clinical management and clinical staff relief are completed at the assigned hospital. A pediatric rotation may be completed at another hospital.

Food service rotations at the assigned hospital include storeroom, production, tray line, cafeteria, safety and sanitation. Production management and administration provide management experience.

Rotations include: 

  • Clinical 1, 2, and 3 (total of 11 weeks)
  • Clinical Staff Relief (2 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (1 week)
  • Renal (2 weeks)
  • Outpatient/Counseling (2 weeks)
  • Public Health (3 weeks)
  • Community College (2 weeks)
  • Clinical Management (2 weeks)
  • Food Service Management (3 weeks)
  • Administration (3 weeks)
  • School Food Service (2 weeks)
  • Budget (1 week)

Interns have the option of choosing 2 rotations from the follow 4 choices (each rotation is 2 weeks)

  • Head Start
  • Long Term Care
  • Eating Disorders
  • Free Choice

Program Schedule

Each intern has a unique schedule and will complete their rotations in a different order.  The program is designed to build on prior learning and practice experiences to progress to more advanced learning activities in rotations.  The 2017-18 internship class started with orientation on August 22, 2017, and is due to end on June 1, 2018.

The 2018-19 internship is anticipated to start orientation on August 20, 2018, and end on June 7, 2019, however it should be noted that these dates are subject to change.

Partner Hospitals

Current hospital facilities participating in the Dietetic Internship include:

City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte
Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Torrance
Kern County Hospital, Bakersfield
St. Bernardine's Medical Center, San Bernardino
Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona
San Antonio Regional Hospital, Upland
Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino
San Dimas Community Hospital, San Dimas
St Jude Medical Center, Fullerton

Hospitals are located from 10 to 130 miles from the Cal Poly Pomona campus. The use of a car is mandatory in order to travel to assigned rotations. The interns assigned to Bakersfield (130 miles from Cal Poly) will complete the majority of rotations in Bakersfield, but are expected to commute to the Los Angeles are for Monday classes. In addition, some rotations such as Public Health, School Food Service, Community College, and Head Start, will be completed in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and/or Riverside counties.

Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements, both in the Los Angeles area and Bakersfield.


In addition to supervised practice hours, interns are required to attend Monday classes at a variety of sites in the Greater Los Angeles area. These hours are in addition to the 1,200 practice hours in the assigned rotations. Topics covered may include but are not limited to HIV/AIDS, laboratory values, counseling, nutritional assessment, drug/nutrient interaction, sports nutrition, personnel issues, labor unions, conflict resolution, state and federal legislation, marketing, communication skills, feeding disabilities, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/California Academy structure and activities, and introduction to community agencies.

Program Completion

The Cal Poly Pomona Dietetic Internship Policy on Program Completion Requirements

Interns are expected to complete the program in ten months. Interns who are unable to meet completion requirements within 15 months of start date will be terminated from the program unless there are extenuating circumstances.

All interns who complete the Dietetic Internship with evaluations of at- or above-entry level will receive a Verification Statement. Receipt of this Statement will allow the graduate to apply to write the examination to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Interns will also receive a certificate of completion from the university.

Dietetic Internship Graduation Requirements:

  • Successfully meet all competencies set by ACEND
  • Complete 1200 hours of supervised practice
  • Attend a minimum of 85% of Monday seminars
  • Write a paper on an Academy position paper and the new research on the topic, and present this to the internship class
  • Research, write, and present a case study
  • Submission of weekly journals and article reviews
  • Submission of a professional development plan


RD/RDN Exams Pass Rate

The first time pass rate for 2016 was 100 percent.  The 3 year first time pass rate is 88%.

Additional program outcomes data are available on request.

Job Placement

Cal Poly conducts an annual survey of Dietetic Internship graduates.  In the past years our graduates have mostly obtained positions in clinical dietetics (both acute and long-term care), but we also have graduates who are pursuing careers in sports nutrition, school food service, outpatient counseling, and eating disorders.

Both the institution's state and accreditor require the calculation of a job placement rate for this program.
Accreditor rate: The job placement rate for students who completed this program is 90 percent.
State rate: The job placement rate for students who completed this program is 90 percent.