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Program Description

The CSUN DI (and NEVHC WIC combined) program is a postbaccalaureate program that admits only individuals who have completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and have at least a bachelor’s degree. It provides 1216 hours of supervised practice experiences.  There are two concentrations in this curriculum:  Nutrition Therapy (NT) and Community(COM).    Approximately 10 interns will be accepted each year in the NT concentration and four into COM.

The NT will complete 512 hours in Nutrition Therapy, 416 hours in Community Nutrition and 288 hours in Foodservice Management.

The COM will complete 512 hours in Community Nutrition, 416 hours in Nutrition Therapy and 288 hours in Foodservice Management.  The applicants must be employed by a California WIC program at the time of application and maintain continued employment in good standing at a WIC agency. 

The interns in both tracks will attend consortium classes each Monday.  These Monday consortium classes will be part of the DI graduate seminar class and 4 specific graduate classes.  The 4 graduate courses will be Research Methods I and II, Macronutrients and Micronutrients.  In addition the interns will take a medical Spanish class and cultural sensitivity training.

Scheduled supervised practice experiences are 3-4 days per week and will be completed within 2 semesters. All interns will begin in July of each year and end in May.  The program is 10 months long and will admit 14 interns each year.

Upon completion of all the program requirements, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the registration exam for dietitians. The program requirements are as follows:

1) Completion of 1216 hours of supervised practice

2) Completion of all required courses: FCS 570, FCS 571, FCS 572, and FCS 573 - DI Seminar; FCS 681/682 - Research; FCS 606/607 - Nutrient Metabolism; Medical Spanish. (A "B" average must be maintained in all classes.)

3) Cultural sensitivity training classes

4) Meeting all program competencies and student learning outcomes.