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Didactic Program in Dietetics

DPD Mission

The mission of the DPD program at CSUN is to prepare competent 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 dietetic students who demonstrate a life-long learning and have the ability to effectively communicate, analyze, problem-solve, and perform high quality teamwork, and also have an understanding and appreciation of a diverse and multicultural society.

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 ISPP 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 ISPP 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 ISPP Director: Over a five-year period, 80% of DI, CP or ISPP 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

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. Satisfaction of DI, CP or ISPP Director: Over a five-year period, 80% of DI, CP or ISPP directors will rate (on a 5 point scale) the preparation of program graduates as good to excellent in teamwork, problem solving and effective communication skills as not less than 3 where 3 = meets expectations; 5 = greatly exceeds expectations.

3. Satisfaction of DI, CP or ISPP Director: Over a five-year period, 80% of DI, CP or ISPP directors will rate (on a 5 point scale) the preparation of program graduates as excellent for working in a very diverse and multicultural environment who have an excellent understanding of individual, community and society, as not less than 3 where w = meets expectations; 5 = greatly exceeds expectations.

Important Dates

DPD Student Handbook

CSUN Admission and Policies

Prospective Students

For any DPD related questions, please contact the DPD Director, email Dr. Setareh Torabian-Riasati.

Current DPD Students: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

Current DPD Students: Senior DPD Students (Enrolled in FCS 402 or FCS 403)

DPD Graduates Applying for DI

DPD Graduates Applying for DTR

International Students with Foreign Degrees

RD Exam

Who is RD or RDN?

Registered Dietitians (RD)* or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN)* are individuals who have:

  • completed the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent;
  • met current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • completed a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietitians;
  • remitted the annual registration fee;
  • complied with the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) re-certification requirements