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

Didactic Program in Dietetics

Assessment of Prior Coursework/Learning

Assessment of prior learning for clinical nutrition students is conducted on a case-by-case basis by the DPD director and DPD faculty who oversee the course(s) in question. We do not provide academic credit for experiential learning (e.g. years of experience in a restaurant kitchen or hospital)

Newly Admitted Transfer Students

If you are an admitted student transferring in with DPD-related courses from another institution that you think may count towards your degree (e.g. upper division nutrition course), you will need to send copies of the syllabi for the semesters that you took the course(s) to the DPD Director. DO NOT WAIT for the semester to start, as course reviews can take 1-2 weeks if you have multiple classes. The syllabi should show the topics, schedule, readings, dates and will be on file at the departments where you took the courses if you no longer have them. If your syllabi are not in English, they will need to be translated.

Some departments may not require as much documentation, but we are regulated by ACEND and follow established standards to ensure your courses meet the same specific competencies that CSULB courses meet. It is recommended that you send these syllabi over after you attend Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) and meet with an advisor.

How We Evaluate Prior Learning

We will review the course learning outcomes, content (e.g. readings, lectures), assessments, and level of depth and compare it to the relevant course offered at CSULB. If a course does not meet a Core Knowledge requirement that we address in a DPD course then we will likely not be able to award credit for it even if the content is very similar. Since our program is accredited we must follow clear, objective standards to ensure all students who graduate from our DPD receive the same level of preparation.

If you are a prospective transfer student interested in seeing which classes might transfer to our DPD, click here.