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California State University, Long Beach
FCS Dietetic Internetship

Mission, Goals & Expected Outcomes

The Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) originates in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the College of Health and Human Services. The FCS Department is characterized by an applied orientation to education using a humanistic approach. Our focus is on students.

The IPND’s Mission is to provide contemporary training of entry-level nutrition professionals who will become valued leaders in multi-ethnic communities, healthcare programs, and food production settings for the years 2011-2021.

The three major Program Goals of the IPND for the next 10 years are as follows:

  1. Program graduates will seek employment in dietetics at the end of program completion,
  2. Prepare entry-level dietitians who can apply the science of nutrition for the well-being of individuals throughout the lifecycle, and
  3. Prepare graduates who are dedicated and confident in their profession.

Three expected Program Outcomes are as follows:

  1. Program Completion
    90% of enrolled Interns will complete all program requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion or 12 months after the program begins. (The CSULB MS/IPND is a two-year program) 

  2. Graduate Employment
    Over a five-year period, 70% or more of program graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.

  3. Pass rate of first-time exam takers on the CDR Credentialing Exam
    Over a five-year period, the pass rate for program graduates taking the CDR Credentialing Exam for the first time will be at least 85%.

Program outcome data are available on request.

For further Reading See General Guidelines:  What are the 5 Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?