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Didactic Program in Dietetics

 

COVID-19 ALERT

Dietetic program at CSUN is closely monitoring the information emerging regarding the spread and scale of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on dietetics programs and students. We will continue to keep our students informed of any changes or additional information that might impact our program and our students. Please contact Dr. Torabian, DPD Director, if you have any questions or concerns.

Effective January 1st, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31st, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website (https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree).

 

Mission

The mission of the DPD program at CSUN is to prepare competent dietetic students for acceptance into a supervised practice, an accredited dietetic internship program leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and for entry-level positions in clinical, food service or community nutrition and research. The DPD program mission 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:

Graduates will be well prepared as dietetic interns for accredited dietetics internship programs and supervised practices and dietetic-related careers as entry level dietitians in different areas such as clinical, food service, community nutrition, and research. 

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

 

  1. The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  2. DPD Student Satisfaction: 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
  1. Program Completion: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length)
  2. Applying for DI, CP or ISPP programs:  60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice programs prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. Acceptance rate to DI, CP or ISPP programs: 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Satisfaction of DI, CP or ISPP Director: 80% of DI, CP or ISPP directors who respond to the survey 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:

Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of practice settings and diverse and multicultural environment and be able to effectively communicate, analyze, problem solve, think critically, perform high quality ream-work, and continue life-long learning. 

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

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

2.      Satisfaction of DI, CP or ISPP Director: 75% of DI, CP or ISPP Director who respond to the survey  rate the preparation of program graduates as good to excellent in teamwork, problem solving and effective communication skills

3.      Satisfaction of DI, CP or ISPP Director: 80% of DI, CP or ISPP Director who respond to the survey  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.

Program outcomes date are available upon request.

Updated September 23, 2020

Virtual DPD Meetings on Zoom

Virtual DPD Orientations in Summer 2021

Session 1 - Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm (PT) 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://csun.zoom.us/j/87171632694 

Meeting ID: 871 7163 2694

 

Session 2 - Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 10:00 am (PT)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://csun.zoom.us/j/85967992289

Meeting ID: 859 6799 2289

 

Virtual DPD Orientations in Fall 2021

Session 1 - Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at 12:30 pm (PT)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://csun.zoom.us/j/82733756237

Meeting ID: 827 3375 6237

 

Session 2 - Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 12:30 pm (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/82157565058

Meeting ID: 821 5756 5058

 

Session 3 - Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 2:00 pm (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/82616745062

Meeting ID: 826 1674 5062

 

Session 4 - Monday, December 6th, 2021 at 9:30 am (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/87624599370

Meeting ID: 876 2459 9370

 

Final Transcript Evaluation Fall 2021 (Students enrolled in FCS 402 or FCS 403)

Session 1 - Thursday, September 9th, 2021 at 9:30 am (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/89858465803

Meeting ID: 898 5846 5803

 

Session 2 - Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 2:00 pm (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/84226591425

Meeting ID: 842 2659 1425

 

Virtual Meetings for Post-bac Student Interested in DPD

Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/83542779010

Meeting ID: 835 4277 9010 

 

Monday, March 22nd, 2021 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (PT)

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https://csun.zoom.us/j/85930755683

Meeting ID: 859 3075 5683

 

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am (PT)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://csun.zoom.us/j/81759415909

Meeting ID: 817 5941 5909

Remote Transcript Evaluations

Virtual Primary Transcript Evaluation for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Students

Your complete primary transcript evaluation packet should be either mailed or e-mailed to Dr. Torabian.

In the packet you should have the following:
  1. CSUN unofficial transcript
  2. Other community colleges unofficial transcript
  3. Your current Degree Progress Report (DPR)
  4. Signed copy of page 25 of the DPD Student Handbook
  5. Course Catalog Description and Syllabus for non-articulated courses
     
MAIL this packet to:
 
After Dr. Torabian receives your packet she will contact you via e-mail. 
 

Virtual Final Transcript Evaluation (Graduating seniors in FCS 402 and FCS 403)

Your final transcript evaluation packet should be mailed to Dr. Setareh Torabian.

 

In the packet you should have the following:

  1. Self evaluation form
  2. Cover letter form 
  3. CSUN unofficial transcript
  4. Other community colleges official transcript (sealed envelope)
  5. Your final DPR
  6. Course Catalog Description and Syllabus for non-articulated courses

MAIL this packet to:
After Dr. Torabian receives your packet she will contact you via e-mail.  

DPD Student Handbook and Policies

CSUN Admission, Policies and Services

Prospective Students

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

Dietetic program at CSUN is only open to students admitted and enrolled as undergraduate students. At this time we do not offer verification statements or transcript evaluation for degree holders including Bachelor’s, Master’s degrees or international degree holders. Our university has strict limits on units taken by non-enrolled students and does not allow second degrees or any options/tracks for individuals to complete DPD requirements to become registered dietitians. If you already have a degree and are looking to complete DPD program at CSUN to become RDN, we regret to inform you that we have no admission for post-baccalaureate students into our DPD program at this current time.  

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

Post-Bac Admission to DPD Program

Post-Bac CSUN DPD

This pathway is tentative and has not been finalized nor approved. Please contact Dr. Setareh Torabian, DPD Director, at in April 2020 for an update. 

In order to receive a DPD verification statement from CSUN, post-bac students must:

  1. Have a Bachelor's Degree either in Nutrition or any other Bachelor's degree,
  2. Admission to our MS in Human Nutrition program
  3. Passing of prerequisite courses listed below. Program prerequisites may be completed at CSUN through Tseng college of extended learning or other institutions or community colleges. Students will need to have achieved a grade of C or better in all prerequisite course. 

 

Prerequisite Course to MS in Human Nutrition for Non-Nutrition Undergrad Majors
Course NumberCourse Title
Chem 103/L or Chem 101/LGeneral Chemistry I and Lab
Chem 104/L or Chem 102/LGeneral Chemistry II and Lab
Bio 101/Lgeneral Biology and Lab
FCS 207Introduction to Nutrition
Bio 281Human Physiology
Bio 215/LMicrobiology
Chem 235/LOrganic Chemistry and Lab
Chem 365/L*Biochemistry and Lab
FCS 307**Advanced Nutrition, Macronutrients
FCS 308**Advanced Nutrition, Micronutrients

* Not offered at a community college, must complete at CSUN or one of the four pre-approved Universities.

**Must be complete at CSUN at Tseng College of Extended Learning.

 


Major DPD courses taken and completed at Tseng College of Extended Learning at CSUN
   

(The following  courses are not financial aid eligible and can be taken concurrent with graduate courses after admission into MS in Human Nutrition program)

Course NumberCourse Title
FCS 201Intro to Food Science
FCS 301Food Science and Technology
FCS 304Food Service Production
FCS 321/LContemporary Issues of Food and Nutrition
FCS 402Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FCS 403Medical Nutrition Therapy II
FCS 404/LFood Service Systems Management and Lab
FCS 408Community Nutrition
FCS 494/IPeer Nutrition Counseling

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