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

Didactic Program in Dietetics

CSULB Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission: We provide a student-centered program offering foundational knowledge and experiences to prepare culturally competent graduates for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist and/or entry-level practice as registered dietitian nutritionists serving residents in California and beyond.”

Since our Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) also offers Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP), the following goals and objectives reflect what we expect for our students (DPD) and interns (ISPP).

Goal #1: The DPD/ISPP will prepare competent graduates capable of succeeding in an accredited supervised practice program (e.g. dietetic internships, individualized supervised practice pathways) or in entry-level practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Related Objectives:

  1. At least 80% of DPD students will complete the program requirements within 3 years (150% of program length).
  2. At least 80% of DPD graduates will apply for admission to supervised practice programs prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. At least 50% of DPD graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. The DPD’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  5. Within 12 months of completing the DPD, at least 80% of graduates responding will be enrolled in a supervised practice program, a related graduate program and/or employed in a nutrition and dietetics-related position.
  6. Among directors of supervised practice programs who admit DPD graduates, 80% will rate of the graduates as having “competent” to “extremely competent” preparatory knowledge to succeed in supervised practice.
  7. At least 80% of DPD graduates will rate themselves as “competent” to “extremely competent” in preparatory knowledge required to succeed in a supervised practice program, a related graduate program and/or employment in a nutrition and dietetics-related position.
  8. At least 80% of full-time ISPP interns complete program requirements within 18 months (150% of program length).
  9. At least 80% of part-time ISPP interns complete program requirements within 26 months (150% of program length).
  10. Of ISPP graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields, within the first year.
  11. 80% of ISPP graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  12. The ISPP’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  13. At least 80% of ISPP graduates will report “adequate” to “extremely adequate” training for their career in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  14. At least 80% of the employers will rate ISPP graduates as having “adequate” to “extremely adequate” foundational skills in nutrition and dietetics.

Goal #2: The DPD/ISPP will prepare graduates competent in serving dynamic, multi-cultural communities.

Related Objectives:

  1. Among directors of supervised practice programs, graduate school advisors, and/or employers, 80% will rate DPD graduates as “competent” to “extremely competent” in their ability to provide service to culturally diverse communities.
  2. At least 80% of DPD graduates will rate themselves as “competent” to “extremely competent” in their preparation for serving culturally diverse communities.
  3. At least 80% of employers will rate ISPP graduates as having “adequate” to “extremely adequate” competency to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural backgrounds.
  4. At least 80% of ISPP graduates will self-report “adequate” to “extremely adequate” competency in their ability to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural backgrounds.

All program outcomes are available upon request. We review outcomes annually with our DPD Advisory Committee made up of students, alumni, faculty, employers, and community educators.