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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Didactic Program in Dietetics

Verification Statements for Graduating Seniors - You Did It!

What is a Verification Statement?

A verification statement is an official, signed document issued by the DPD director which confirms successful program completion and readiness to complete a dietetic internship. Verification statements are occasionally requested by employers as proof of program completion. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all DPD courses and passing grades on Core Knowledge assessments to meet the program requirements, which result in a verification statement.

How Do I Request Verification Statements?

In order to have your verification statement issued, you will be required to complete exit paperwork for the program upon or prior to graduation. This paperwork includes a fee ($40) for final transcript evaluation and the issuing of your statements. Typically paperwork is distributed during NUTR 498A - Senior Seminar in Nutrition & Dietetics, so no formal request is needed. All graduating students will be issued 5 original hard copies of your verification statements. The DPD will keep one hard copy on file indefinitely, as a record of your program completion. We will also have access to your academic records/transcripts electronically in the event that you ever need a statement re-issued.

When Will My Verification Statement Be Ready?

Assuming you requested graduation on time and completed all records and requirements - see Graduation Information in the catalog - we should be able to process your verification statement within 4-6 weeks of graduation. Even if you have walked for the ceremony, we cannot process the paperwork until your degree is officially cleared, which doesn't typically happen until 3 weeks after final exams at the earliest.

If you are an alumni and would like to request a verification statement, please visit Alumni- Request A Verification Statement.