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California State University, Long Beach
FCS Dietetic Internetship

Program: Description & Completion Requirements

Each year, twelve interns begin the CSULB IPND which is a practicum, also called a dietetic internship, blended with an M.S. degree in Nutritional Science. The program specifics are listed below.

This is a two-year program which officially began fall of 2014. Computer-matched students complete graduate courses the first year, and then complete the supervised practice (internship), along with either a thesis or directed project, the second year. A sample schedule of the program is outlined below:

M.S. Total Required Units: 36 units

1st Year
Fall Spring Summer Session I

FCS 530 A (3)

FCS 696*(3)

FCS 530B (3)

Area of Specilation (3)

Advanced Statistics (3)


Advancement to Candidacy after successful completion of the Fall semester.

2nd Year
Fall Spring Summer Session I
FCS 591A Internship (3)
FCS 591B (3)
FCS 697* (3)
FCS 591A Internship (3)
FCS 591B (3)
FCS 692 or 698* (3)
FCS 591A Internship(3)

*Course sequence may be subject to change.

Required Courses Included in the MS Program (total of 15 units)

EDP 519 or HSC 503
FCS 530A
FCS 530B
FCS 696
FCS 697

Advanced Statistics   
Carbohydrates, Lipids & Proteins
Vitamins & Minerals
Research Methods
Directed Research

(3) (3)

Culminating/Capstone Experience (3 units)
FCS 692 or FCS 698 Directed Project/Thesis (3)

FCS 591A:  Professional Practicum in Dietetics (total of 9 units)  Supervised Practice or Dietetic Internship Schedule begins in the second year for three semesters:  fall, spring and summer

FCS 591B: Seminar in Dietetic Practice (total of 6 units)
Weekly lectures and meetings with IPND Director in the second year for two semesters: fall and spring

 Possible Area of Specialization Courses (total of 3 units):

FCS 531
FCS 539
FCS 563
FCS 568
FCS 636
HSC 500

HSC 507
KIN 551

KIN 566



Advanced Community Nutrition (3)
Nutrition and Aging (3)
Evaluation in FCS and Gerontology (3)
Nutrition for Exercise and Performance (3)
Nutrition and the Media (3)
Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Health Equity & Disparities
Advanced Exercise Physiology (prerequisite of KIN 301, Exercise Physiology)  (3)
Biochemical and Hormonal Adaptations to Physical Activity (3)

Other courses may be taken in consultation with Graduate Advisor.

FCS 591A: Professional Practicum in Dietetics

FCS 591A is the supervised practice or Dietetic Internship portion of the program that is taken fall, spring and summer semesters (38 weeks) and includes 1,200 supervised practice hours.

Following the first week of FCS 591A, which is the 'Orientation Week', interns spend 32 hours/week (Tuesday - Friday) during fall, spring and summer in assigned rotations:

      • Nutrition Therapy (9 weeks)
      • Burns (1 week)
      • Outpatient (1 week)
      • Disordered Eating/Obesity (1 week)
      • Community Nutrition (6 weeks) and Head Start (1 week) plus Nutrition Education (3 weeks) or AIDS Project Los Angeles Health (6 weeks) and Community (4 weeks)
      • Pediatrics (1 week)
      • Food Service (6 weeks)
      • School Nutrition Service (3 weeks)
      • Business/Entrepreneurship (2 weeks)
      • Self-Select (2 weeks)
      • Leadership (1 week)
      • Nutrition Research (1 week)

The Internship Director assigns Interns to all facilities except Self-Select. Dietetic Interns will arrange this rotation independently in the spring for implementation in the summer.

FCS 591B: Seminar in Dietetic Practice

This is a 3-unit seminar class taken fall and spring semesters consisting of weekly lectures and/or meetings with the Director. 

The CSULB Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND) is a part of the Greater Los Angeles Dietetic Internship Coalition (GLADIC) which meets on most Mondays during fall and spring semesters. Interns are required to drive to various locations throughout LA and Orange Country for these seminars.

Program Completion and Graduation Requirements

The student will complete the IPND/MS when the following has been achieved:

1. Completion of 1,200 hours of practicum (FCS 591A) with, at a minimum, satisfactory peformance as entry-level as evaluated by preceptors and receiving a credit grade (A or B) for the practicum,
2. Completion of all 36 units of graduate course work with a grade of "A or B",
3. A written/approved Thesis or Directed Project, and
4. An oral defense and poster presentation of the Thesis or Directed Project.

When an Intern meets the above criteria, he/she will receive an ACEND Verification Statement signed by the IPND Director. Intern graduates will then be eligible to apply to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam.


 The CSULB IPND features a “Nutrition Across the Life Cycle Communication” (NALCC) concentration. The concentration is included within the internship rotation, FCS 591B seminar and course projects. It is competency-based and designed to develop unique communication, education and health promotion skills. These skills enhance the ability of graduate to do the following:

  • Interview, counsel, and guide individuals with nutrition decisions and eating behaviors across all stages of the lifecycle using Motivational Interviewing,
  • Create age-appropriate nutrition education media in the form of a taped Public Service Announcement, and
  • Tailor a 10-year health promotion and chronic disease prevention or treatment plan for clients at all stages of the lifecycle.