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

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Path to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at California State University, Long Beach is an undergraduate program that fulfills the academic requirements to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills to enable them to be eligible to apply to and to perform successfully in a dietetic internship upon graduation, as part of their path to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN). To learn more about this path, click here.

Students who complete the DPD will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Dietetics and Food Administration, Option in Nutrition and Dietetics, Concentration in Dietetics. Students take a pre-defined program of study that includes a variety of subjects, ranging from food and nutrition sciences, food service systems management, business, computer science, culinary arts, sociology, and communication to science courses such as biochemistry, food science, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry.

Our DPD has been accredited to offer Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) to qualified bachelor or doctoral degree-holders. Follow the links to read about how ISPP works, or access the CSULB-IPP Policy and Procedure Manual.

The DPD/ISPP at CSULB is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400 Email:, Web: