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Dietetics

B.S. in Foods & Nutrition, Dietetics Option

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), Department of Human Nutrition and Food Science (HNFS), welcomes you as a Foods & Nutrition, Dietetics Option major, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The Cal Poly Pomona Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides the necessary coursework to apply for a Dietetic Internship. The DPD coursework can be seen below. DPD programs require accreditation because dietetics is a complex profession that pertains to the health of our nation and therefore requires that the training adhere to national standards. These national standards are determined and evaluated by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (for educational programs that lead to both the Registered Dietitian (RD) and the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credential.

The Cal Poly Pomona DPD program has a strong record in terms of producing high quality students with a strong foundation in the sciences who are successful in both dietetic internship and graduate school. The field of dietetics requires that individuals learn and apply both the science and the art of nutrition and food in order to meet the nutritional needs and improve the health of our nation. Students with an aptitude for science, who derive satisfaction from being part of the healthcare or food service management team, and who enjoy working with and counseling people, will find a career in dietetics rewarding Our state of the art curriculum prepares students for applying to a Dietetic internship, graduate school or a career in food service, food production or public health.

Graduates of this major who complete the DPD receive a pre-professional verification statement which makes them eligible to apply to accredited Dietetic Internships. It is during the Dietetic Internship that the student gains practical training in diverse areas of dietetic practice. Only after the satisfactory completion of all three: a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, DPD coursework and an accredited Dietetic Internship, is the student eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam. The only way to earn the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) is to pass this national examination. The DPD program is the first step in becoming credentialed as a Registered Dietitian, because it provides only the classroom education component. The student who has received their pre-professional verification statement may also apply to take the Dietetic Technician, Registered, exam (see Dietetic Technician tab for more information).

As of Fall 2016, the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is:

Golandam Khayef 
Assistant Professor 
Building 7, Room 118 
Phone: (909) 869-2168 
Fax: (909) 869-5078 
Email: gkhayef@cpp.edu 

Goal Outcome Measures-ACEND 2017 Standards 3

3.1 Program Mission.

To prepare students to meet the Didactic requirements as defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in order to be successful nutrition professionals that work in diverse communities and workplaces. Students will also be prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for a verification statement and for the CDR credentialing exam.

3.2 Program Goals

1. The program prepares students for entry-level nutrition careers as a Dietetic Technician, Registered, (BS-DTR) or Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered, BS-NDTR (under Plan III), Registered Dietitian (RD) and/or admittance to nutrition related postgraduate programs.

2. The program will prepare students to meet the Didactic components defined by ACEND.

3. The program will produce graduates with a knowledge and skill base to be successful nutrition and health professionals.

 

3.3 Program Objectives

1.1   80% of graduates will finish program degree/DPD requirements within 150% of program length

1.2   50% of graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation

1.3 Within 12 months of graduation, 20% of program graduates will apply to take the DTR exam

1.4 Within 12 months of graduation, 50% of program graduates will be expected to be admitted to a supervised program

2.1 All B.S. dietetics graduates that complete the Didactic components as defined by ACEND, will receive a verification statement

2.2 All non-dietetic graduates that complete the didactic components and hold a B.S. or B.A. will receive a verification statement

3.1 80% of students will pass the assessment activity (Exit Exam) with a score of 80% or greater

3.2 80% of graduates completing a dietetic internship over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year following first attempt.

3.4          The program must set the following program objectives and align them with the program goals

a. 80% of students will finish program degree/DPD requirements within 150% of program length (same as 3.3.1.1)

b. Graduate application and acceptance into supervised practice

1. 50% of students will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation (same as 3.3.1.2)

2. Within 12 months of graduation, 50% of program graduates will be expected to be admitted to a supervised program (same as 3.3.1.4)

Graduate Performance on Required Exam

c. 80% of graduates completing a dietetic internship over a five-year period of time will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year following first attempt. (same as 3.3.3.2)

d. Supervised Practice Program Director Satisfaction

                1. Not applicable 

Goal Outcome Measures

Program Goals

Program Objectives

3.3.1.1

3.3.1.2

3.3.1.3

3.3.1.4

3.3.2.1

3.3.2.2

3.3.3.1

3.3.3.2

1. The program prepares students for entry-level nutrition careers as a Dietetic Technician, Registered, (BS-DTR) or Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered, BS-NDTR (under Plan III), Registered Dietitian (RD) and/or admittance to nutrition related postgraduate programs.

 

 

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

2. The program will prepare students to meet the Didactic components defined by ACEND.

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

3. The program will produce graduates with a knowledge and skill base to be successful nutrition and health professionals.

 

 

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

“X” means that the Program Objective standard has been addressed in the associated Goal.

Requirement for 5.1.a Curriculum Map Dietetics Curriculum Map for ACEND 2017 Program Requirements
Updated 08-11-2017

 

Course Number

 

Identification of Didactic courses which meet the required curriculum components and core knowledge

as described 5.2.b of ACEND standards 2017

 

 

Quarter

Semester

1.1.1

1.1.2

 

1.1.3

 

2.2.1

 

2.2.2

 

2.2.3

 

2.2.4

 

2.2.5

 

2.2.6

 

2.2.7

 

2.2.8

 

3.3.1

 

3.3.2

 

3.3.3

 

3.3.4

 

3.3.5

 

4.4.1

 

4.4.2

 

4.4.3

 

4.4.4

 

4.4.5

 

4.4.6

FN 100

NTR 1000

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN 121/L

NTR 1210/L

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

FN  228/328

NTR 2280

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN 235

NTR 2350

 

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN  235L

NTR 2350L

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN 263

NTR 3130

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

FN 328L

NTR 3280L

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

FN 335

NTR 3350

X

X

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X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN 345/LS

NTR 3450S

/3450/AS

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

FN 357

NTR 3670

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

X

X

 

FN 357L

NTR 3670L

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

FN 358

NTR 3680

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

FN 358L

NTR 3680L

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

X

 

FN  426

NTR 4260

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

X

 

X

 

X

FN 433/434

NTR 4330

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identification of Didactic courses which meet the required curriculum components and core knowledge

as described 5.2.b of ACEND standards 2017

 

Quarter

Semester

1.1.1

1.1.2

 

1.1.3

 

2.2.1

 

2.2.2

 

2.2.3

 

2.2.4

 

2.2.5

 

2.2.6

 

2.2.7

 

2.2.8

 

3.3.1

 

3.3.2

 

3.3.3

 

3.3.4

 

3.3.5

 

4.4.1

 

4.4.2

 

4.4.3

 

4.4.4

 

4.4.5

 

4.4.6

 

FN 434/435

NTR 4340

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FN 443

NTR 4430

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

FN 443L

NTR 4430A

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

FN  444

NTR 4440

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

 

X

 

 

X

 

FN 346/L

NTR 4460/A

 

X

X

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

FST 325

FST 3250

X

X

X

 

 

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

FST 321/L

FST 3210/L

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

 

Example: 1.1.1 is Standard 5b; Domain 1.= Knowledge KRDN 1.1= Students demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature.

“X” means that the KRDN standard has been addressed in the associated class.

 

 

Non-Department classes meeting the KRDNs (Next page)

Identification of Didactic courses which meet the required curriculum components and core knowledge

as described 5.2.b of ACEND standards 2017

 

 

 

Quarter

Semester

1.1.1

1.1.2

 

 

 

1.1.3

 

 

 

2.2.1

 

 

 

2.2.2

 

 

 

2.2.3

 

 

 

2.2.4

 

 

 

2.2.5

 

 

 

2.2.6

 

 

 

2.2.7

 

 

 

2.2.8

 

 

 

3.3.1

 

 

 

3.3.2

 

 

 

3.3.2

 

 

 

3.3.3

 

 

 

3.3.4

 

 

 

3.3.5

 

 

 

4.4.1

 

 

 

4.4.2

 

 

 

4.4.3

 

 

 

4.4.4

 

 

 

4.4.5

 

 

 

4.4.6

ENG 107 or 109/110

ENG 2105

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 201

PSY 2201

 

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STA 120

STA 1200

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABM 224

ABM 2240

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirement for 5.1.b Curriculum Map Dietetics Option Curriculum Map for

 ACEND 2017 Program Requirements

Identification of Meeting Program Goals, Objectives, and SLOs for Introductory, Proficiency and Mastery of Dietetic Classes

See the 5.1.b Curriculum Map Dietetics Option

Standard 5 ACEND 2017 Requirements

5.2.a. Breadth and Depth of Requisite Knowledge

1. Research methodology, interpretation of research literature and integration of research principles into evidence-based practice

2. Communication skills sufficient for entry into professional practice

3. Principles and techniques of effective education, counseling and behavior change theories and techniques

4. Governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and inter-professional relationships in various practice settings

5. Principles of medical nutrition therapy and the Nutrition Care Process

6. Role of environment, food, nutrition and lifestyle choices in health promotion and disease prevention

7. Management theories and business principles required to deliver programs and services

8. Continuous quality management of food and nutrition services

9. Fundamentals of public policy, including the legislative and regulatory basis of nutrition and dietetics practice

10. Health care delivery systems (such as accountable care organizations, managed care, medical homes)

11. Coding and billing of nutrition and dietetics services to obtain reimbursement for services from public or private payers, fee-for-service and value-based payment systems

12. Food science and food systems, environmental sustainability, techniques of food preparation and development and modification and evaluation of recipes, menus and food products acceptable to diverse populations

13. Organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, logic, nutrient metabolism, integrative and functional nutrition and nutrition across the lifespan

14. Cultural competence and human diversity; human behavior, psychology, sociology or anthropology

 

5.2.b The program’s curriculum must prepare students with the following core knowledge:

 

1. Domain 1. Scientific and Evidence Base of Practice: Integration of scientific information and translation of research into practice.

Knowledge

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to:

KRDN 1.1 Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.

KRDN 1.2 Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.

KRDN 1.3 Apply critical thinking skills.

 

2. Domain 2. Professional Practice Expectations: Beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors for the professional dietitian nutritionist level of practice.

 

Knowledge

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to:

KRDN 2.1 Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.

KRDN 2.2 Describe the governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and describe inter-professional relationships in various practice settings.

KRDN 2.3 Assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.

KRDN 2.4 Discuss the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.

KRDN 2.5 Identify and describe the work of inter-professional teams and the roles of others with whom the registered dietitian nutritionist collaborates in the delivery of food and nutrition services.

KRDN 2.6 Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.

KRDN 2.7 Demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.

KRDN 2.8 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and expectations of a professional in mentoring and precepting others.

 

3. Domain 3. Clinical and Customer Services: Development and delivery of information, products and services to individuals, groups and populations.

 

Knowledge

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to:

KRDN 3.1 Use the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.

KRDN 3.2 Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.

KRDN 3.3 Demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.

KRDN 3.4 Explain the processes involved in delivering quality food and nutrition services.

KRDN 3.5 Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.

 

4. Domain 4. Practice Management and Use of Resources: Strategic application of principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.

 

Knowledge

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to:

KRDN 4.1 Apply management theories to the development of programs or services.

KRDN 4.2 Evaluate a budget and interpret financial data.

KRDN 4.3 Describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.

KRDN 4.4 Apply the principles of human resource management to different situations.

KRDN 4.5 Describe safety principles related to food, personnel and consumers.

KRDN 4.6 Analyze data for assessment and evaluate data to be used in decision-making for continuous quality improvement

 

5.3 The program’s curriculum must provide learning activities to attain the breadth and depth of the required curriculum components and core knowledge. Syllabi for courses taught within the academic unit must include these learning activities with the associated KRDNs.

a. Learning activities must prepare students for professional practice with patients/clients with various conditions, including, but not limited to overweight and obesity; endocrine disorders; cancer; malnutrition and cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal diseases.

b. Learning activities must prepare students to implement the Nutrition Care Process with various populations and diverse cultures, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant/lactating females and older adults.

c. Learning activities must use a variety of educational approaches necessary for delivery of curriculum content, to meet learner needs and to facilitate learning objectives. 


Accreditation

The DPD at Cal Poly Pomona is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Contact information for ACEND is 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60060-6995, phone 800-877-1600, Ext.5400. The website for ACEND is: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485422 

In order to maintain the accreditation status, DPD must demonstrate that it meets its mission, goals, and measurable outcomes. Outcome measures include program retention and completion rates, placement in Dietetic Internships, graduate school placement, pass-rate on Registration Examination for Dietitians and responses on graduate and Internship Director surveys; this information is available by request.

Want to be a registered Dietitian? Steps necessary to become a Registered Dietitian (RD)

Individuals must successfully complete all three steps to become a Registered Dietitian (RD):

  • Step 1: Completion of Didactic Program requirements with Verification Statement and completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Step 2: Acceptance into and successful completion of a Dietetic Internship.
  • Step 3: Successful passing of the national Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Original verification statements from both the DPD program and the Dietetic Internship must be submitted before taking the RD exam. http://www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8143

Career Opportunities

The Registered Dietitian (RD) is a nationally recognized health professional that specializes in the promotion and integration of proper nutrition practices. With training in the areas of human nutrition, food science, biology, chemistry, social sciences, management, and education, the RD is capable of incorporating this information into practical working solutions for healthy living. The RD works with individuals and groups from diverse cultures with varying concerns to help them make positive lifestyle changes. There are many employment opportunities in food and nutrition for the Registered Dietitian, each differing by target population, level of expertise, and primary location. Some career options include:

  • Clinical Dietetics : Clinical Dietitians utilize Medical Nutrition Therapy to accurately assess nutritional needs and determine nutritional diagnoses. They create both individualized and group nutritional programs, which include counseling and outcome evaluation, based on the health needs of patients or residents. Clinical dietitians may work in hospitals, nursing homes or outpatient settings, and with other healthcare professionals.
  • Community Nutrition : A Community Dietitian applies human nutrition knowledge to help people in the community meet their food and nutrition needs . These dietitians plan, organize and implement aspects of nutrition policies and programs designed to prevent disease and improve health at the community level . Community dietitians work to promote public health in clinics, government and non-profit agencies with diverse groups of individuals .
  • Food Service Management : Dietitians working in food service management plan, implement, and evaluate meal programs and food service systems. They may be responsible for budgeting and buying food, as well as for carrying out other business-related tasks such as employee training, staff management, and developing policies and standards within the workplace. They may work in healthcare facilities, schools, senior centers, hotels or restaurants.
  • Business and Industry : Dietitians may be employed to work in a variety of settings, including sales, marketing, public relations, research and development and production quality control . Dietitians may also work with food and pharmaceutical companies, marketing associations and food service providers to develop, promote and market food and nutritional products.
  • Private Practice/Consultation : Dietitians working in private practice or on a consultant basis are generally self-employed under their own private consulting business; however, previous experience in dietetic practice is necessary.
  • Research : Research Dietitians are involved with development, implementation, and assessment of nutrition-related research projects. These dietitians may work in a clinical research center in a hospital, private company, or academic center. Advanced degrees are usually required for research and university-based jobs.
  • Nutrition Jobs for Those without RD Certification : Obtaining the RD certification is required for many jobs within the fields of health and nutrition. However, there are career opportunities for those who receive their Bachelor's degree and do not complete the requirements for becoming an RD. These include Food Service Supervisor, Community Nutritionist for organizations like WIC, Diet Clerk or Dietetic Technician, Registered, and other various positions within food and health businesses.

Working in dietetics offers a rewarding career with a promising future. Appreciation for the profession is growing, translating into a greater need for and utilization of nutrition experts in health promotion practices throughout the country. As public interest continues to move in the direction of improving nutrition and health, emerging employment opportunities are ideal for the knowledge, training and versatility of the Registered Dietitian. For more information on the RD, visit http://www.eatright.org.

Cal Poly Pomona Course Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics

Please note that you cannot use this as a course list for DICAS. Please contact the DPD director for a copy of your curriculum year course list.

Foods and Nutrition

FN 100 Introduction to the Profession

FN 121/121L Intro to Foods/Lab

FN 235/235L Nutrition Lab

FN 263 Intro to Research Methods

FST 321 /321L Experimental Food Science/Lab

FST 325 Food Safety and Current Issues

FN 328/328L Culture/Meal Patterns

FN 335 Nutrition of the Life Cycle

FN 345/345L Nutrition Education/Lab

FN 346/346L Community Nutrition/Lab

FN 355/355L Nutrition Counseling/Lab

FN 357/357L Quantity Food Production/Lab

FN 358/358L Food & Equipment Purchasing/Lab OR Institutional Food Service II/Lab

FN 359/359L Food & Nutrition Administration/Lab OR FN426 Food Service Administration

FN 433 Advanced Nutrient Metabolism. I

FN 434 Advanced Nutrient Metabolism. II

FN 435 Advanced Nutrient Metabolism III

FN 443/443L Medical Nutrition Therapy I/lab

FN 444/444L Medical Nutrition Therapy II/lab

 

Supporting Coursework

Communication:

COM 100 Public Speaking or higher level communication course

English:

ENG 104: Freshman English I or 108-1009 Advanced Stretch Composition ! &!! or ENG110 or equivalent

ENG 105: Freshman English II

or equivalent coursework in writing and critical thinking

Mathematics:

STA 120: Statistics

ABM 224: Accounting for Agribusiness or equivalent introductory accounting course

Biology:

BIO 115/115A/115L: Basic Biology/Lab

BIO 300 Genetics & Human Issues OR BIO 303 Genetics OR FN437 Nutritional Genomics (check to make sure that GE B5 is satisfied)

MIC 201/201L Basic Microbiology/Lab

BIO 235/235L Human Physiology/Lab

Chemistry:

CHM 121/121L General Chemistry I/Lab

CHM 122/122L General Chemistry II/Lab

CHM 201/250L Elements of Organic Chemistry/Lab

Social Sciences :

PSY 201: General Psychology or higher level psychology course

SOC 201 Principles of Sociology OR ANT 102 Intro Cultural Anthropology or higher level sociology or anthropology course

 

Curriculum Road Maps

Curriculum road maps can be found at:

https://www.cpp.edu/~academic-programs/academic-advising/tools/sheets-roadmaps/2015-2016/AG.shtml

DPD Handbook

The DPD handbook is available by request from the DPD Director, Dr. Golandam Khayef. All enrolled dietetic students are referred to this document in FN 100 as well. There are also several hard copies of the DPD handbook available in the HNFS Department Office 7-110.

Dietetic Internship Application Process

As stated above, the only way to be eligible to take the RD exam is to successfully be accepted into and complete a Dietetic Internship (DI), which is also called a Supervised Practice.

Cal Poly Pomona has an accredited DI, which has 15 seats. More information on it can be found at www.cpp.edu/~dietinternship/application_info.html

The DI Director is Rachel Flores. Her contact information is:

Rachel Flores
Dietetic Internship Director 
Human Nutrition & Food Science Department 
Building 94, Room 262
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 
3801 W. Temple Avenue 
Pomona, CA 91768 
Email: rssutton@cpp.edu   

The Dietetic Internship (DI) is a post-baccalaureate supervised practice program. An ACEND accredited DI is typically a full-time and non-paid commitment for the duration of six to twelve months. Upon completion of a DI, students are eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The selection process for DI applicants is very competitive. Students should plan ahead in order to build an effective career portfolio during their undergraduate experience. To meet minimum eligibility requirements for a DI, individuals must complete the ACEND accredited DPD coursework and earn their Bachelor's degree.

In addition, strong applicants usually have a GPA at or above 3.2; paid and volunteer work experiences in dietetics; demonstrated effective leadership, professional, and communication skills; shown commitment to community service and the practice of dietetics; and received strong recommendations from faculty and employers. The student must have met the minimum requirements and obtained a Verification Statement by the time the DI begins.

There are two application times each year. For programs beginning in January-February, applications are to be completed in September. For programs beginning in July-September, applications will be completed in February. Applying to programs that compliment your qualifications and skills will increase your chances of being accepted to a DI. DPD students are encouraged to apply to a DI anywhere in the nation. They are advised to find a DI that fits their financial, academic and geographic needs.

To better assist students, the DPD program at CPP provides information workshops twice a year to discuss the DI application and decision-making processes. The department also offers a one-unit course every fall (FN 431 – Dietetic Internship Exploration) to provide students with the information needed to successfully pursue a DI. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet individually with the DPD program director and faculty to help them assess their potential to obtain a DI.

Dietetic Internship (DI) Availability

In recent years, the competition for DI positions has increased. Data on the April 2009 first-round match reported 4120 applicants for 2195 DI positions, meaning 50% of applicants were unmatched. This outcome reflects a growing increase in applicants for a fairly stable number of DI positions. Please see the “Availability of DI Positions” summary at http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485414.

The data on Cal Poly Pomona's DPD student success rate of acceptance into the DI, as well as the pass rate on the RD exam, is available upon request from the DPD Director.

Expenses & Tuition

For complete information on expenses and tuition at Cal Poly Pomona, please go to the Tuition & Fees page at www.cpp.edu/~student-accounting/tuition.shtml.

Additional fees: There is a lab fee of $30 for FN 121 Lab.

Academic & University Policies

www.cpp.edu/~policies/

Contact Information

Golandam Khayef
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
Assistant Professor 
Building 7, Room 118 
Phone: (909) 869-21683 
Fax: (909) 869-5078 
Email: gkhayef@cpp.edu