FCS

Didactic Program in Dietetics

DPD Mission:

The mission of the DPD program at CSUN is to prepare competent nutrition and dietetic students for acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program and for entry-level positions in clinical, food service, or community nutrition and research. The DPD program is also to prepare dedicated nutrition and dietetic students who demonstrate life-long learning and have the ability to effectively communicate, analyze, problem-solve, collaborate, and also have an understanding and appreciation of a diverse and multicultural society.

Goals and Objectives:

DPD Program Goal 1: Prepare graduates to become competent dietetic students for acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program and for entry level RDs and RDNs who can practice clinical, food service or community nutrition and research.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

1. RD Pass Rate: Over a five-year period, 80% of the program graduates will pass the RD exam on the first attempt.

2. DPD Student Satisfaction: Over a five-year period 80% of the DPD graduates will report “satisfactory” ratings or higher regarding their perceived ability to perform successfully in a supervised practice, entry-level nutrition-related position, graduate program, or a pre-professional program with the DPD program at CSUN.

3. Program Completion: 90% of students admitted to the program will complete the DPD coursework within 3 years after acceptance which is 150% of the program length.

4. Applying for DI, CP or ISSP programs:  Over a five-year period, 60% or more of the program graduates will apply to dietetic internships, coordinated graduate programs or other supervised practice programs (i.e. ISPP).

5. Acceptance rate to DI, CP or ISSP programs: Over a five-year period, 50% or more of program graduates applying to dietetic internships, coordinated graduate programs or other supervised practice programs (i.e. ISPP) will receive a dietetic Internship within 12 months of graduation.

6. Satisfaction of DI, CP or ISSP Director: Over a five-year period, 80% of DI, CP or ISSP directors will rate (on a 5 point scale) the overall performance of dietetic interns from CSUN’s DPD as not less than 3 where 3 = meets expectations; 5 = greatly exceeds expectations.

7. Employment Satisfaction: Over a five-year period, 75% of employers who respond to a survey  on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate them as above average in clinical, food service, community nutrition and research in compared to other entry-level RDs and RDNs.

DPD Program Goal 2: Prepare graduates in the field of nutrition and dietetics who demonstrate a life-long learning and have the ability to effectively communicate, analyze, problem-solve, think critically, and, perform high quality teamwork and also have an understanding and appreciation of a diverse and multicultural society.

Program Objectives for Goal 2: 

1. Graduate School acceptance and completion: Over a five-year period, 30% of graduates (verified), neither entered nor applied for DI, who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they have enrolled in graduate school or earned a graduate degree.

2. Employment Rate: Over a five-year period, 30% of graduates (verified), neither entered nor applied for DI, who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they are employed in a dietetics-related position such as DTR.

3. Employment Satisfaction: Over a five-year period, 75% of employers will rate the preparation of program graduates as good to excellent in teamwork, problem solving and effective communication skills

4. Employment Satisfaction: Over a five-year period, 80% of employers will rate the preparation of program graduates as excellent for working in a very diverse and multicultural environment who have an excellent understanding and appreciation of individual, community and society.

Important Dates:

CSUN Admission and Policies:

Prospective Students:

Current DPD Students:

A.  Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

B.  Senior DPD students (enrolled in FCS402 or FCS403):

DPD graduates applying for DI:

DPD graduates applying for DTR:

DPD graduates applying for NDA:

International Students with Foreign Degrees: