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Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathways (ISPP) Dietetic Internship Program

Program Overview

The ISPP Program at CSUSB, similar to traditional dietetic internship program, requires completion of a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice at various facilities including but not limited to hospitals, foodservice, long-term care, public health, and wellness. In addition, interns must also complete a week of on-campus orientation in August, complete all program rotations and online course/module exams and an exit exam before a Verification Statement for ISPP can be issued. This Verification Statement of ISPP allows graduates to take the registration exam for RDN through Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

This Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) concentration provides interns with additional experience in their specialty before entering their professions. The MNT sites could be a long-term care facility, or an inpatient or outpatient setting, which could also be the site of a community rotation. Up to twenty-five (25) interns will be accepted each year.

Accreditation

The California State University, San Bernardino, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
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http://www.eatrightPRO.org/ACEND

Graduates, who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at California State University, San Bernardino, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 and grades of B- or higher in the 3000 and 4000 level DPD courses are eligible to receive the Verification Statement in DPD.  Graduates with VS-DPD are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.  CSUSB’s Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathway (ISPP) Program is also accredited by ACEND.  Graduates, who successfully complete the ISPP Program requirements, will receive a Verification Statement for ISPP and they are eligible to take the registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). 

Effective January 1, 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 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at CSU San Bernardino are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program and upon completion of a supervised-practice program be apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

If you have any questions regarding this accreditation status, graduate degree requirements, DPD or ISPP, please contact Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard, DPD Director, Coordinator of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Program, at dchen@csusb.edu.

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Duration

  • 11 months, August – June
  • 22 months for part-time interns

Orientation

The ISPP Program requires that you complete a week of orientation, which will be held on campus at CSUSB in August. Details regarding lodging will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

How to Complete the Program

Interns must complete a minimum of 1,200* hours of supervised practice and pass all three online program modules, in addition to an exit exam, before a Verification Statement for ISPP can be issued. This signed Verification Statement documents that you are eligible to sit for the national registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam; no additional graduate credits are needed. See the Program Brochure page for detailed requirements.

Interns with a minimal chance of success in the program will be directed to take didactic classes including practical training in order to enhances their chances to complete internship program and pass RDN exam.

Tentative Rotation Schedule
Track Tentative dates** Rotation Hours

August 10-September 11, 2020 (5 weeks)

Community 200

September 14 - December 18, 2020 (8-12 weeks)

Management (school district, long-term care, hospital and/or others) 320

January 4 to April 2, 2021 (12-13 weeks)

MNT 480

April 5 to May 14, 2021 (5 weeks)

Elective 200
Total   1,200
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACEND has allowed interns to complete 1,000 hours for ISPP Verification Statement.
**Official schedule will be created in conjunction with program instructor and coordinator upon acceptance. 

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission

The mission of the Nutrition and Food Sciences (NTFS) Program [to be renamed the Nutritional Science and Dietetics (NSCD) Program in Fall 2020] is to provide a high-quality education and cultural competencies to prepare students for supervised-practice, leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Through the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathway (ISPP) Program, graduates will be prepared academically and professionally to work as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist in a variety of employment settings that will address the nutrition and health needs of individuals, families, schools and communities.

Goal 1

The DPD program will prepare competent graduates capable of succeeding in an accredited supervised-practice program (dietetic internship or individualized supervised practice pathway). The DPD and ISPP Programs will prepare graduates to succeed as entry-level practitioners as registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).

NTFS Goal 1 Objectives
1.1.a At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of program length) for full-time students, and within 6 years (150% of program length) for part-time students. (DPD)
1.1.b At least 80% of program interns complete program/degree requirements within 16.5 months (150% of program length) for full-time students, and within 33 months (150% of program length) for part-time interns. (ISPP)
1.2.a.a At least 40% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised-practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation. (DPD)
1.2.a.b At least 25% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised-practice program within 12 months of graduation. (DPD)
1.2.b Of graduates who seek employment, 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics, or related fields, within 12 months of graduation. (ISPP)
1.3.a At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within 12 months of program completion. (ISPP)
1.3.b 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%. (DPD and ISPP)
1.4.a At least 90% of surveys returned by supervised-practice program directors rate the DPD graduates they supervised at least “adequately prepared” on all items that are rated. (DPD)
1.4.b.1 At least 90% of surveys returned by employers of DPD graduates will rate these graduates as “satisfactory” or better, in terms of their preparation for entry-level practice as a dietetic nutritionist. (DPD)
1.4.b.2 At least 90% of surveys returned by employers of ISPP graduates will rate these graduates as “satisfactory” or better, in terms of their preparation for entry-level practice as a dietitian nutritionist. (ISPP)
1.5.a At least 80% of DPD graduates who respond to the program survey will indicate that the program “prepared” or “well-prepared” them to be successful in a supervised-practice program, a related graduate program, and/or employment in a nutrition-and-dietetic-related position. (DPD)
1.5.b At least 80% of ISPP graduates who respond to the program survey will indicate that the program “prepared” or “well-prepared” them to be successful in employment in a nutrition-and-dietetic-related position. (ISPP)
1.6.a At least 80% of DPD graduates who respond to the program survey will rate the education at CSUSB to be “good” or “excellent.” (DPD)
1.6.b At least 80% of ISPP graduates who respond to the program survey will rate the education at CSUSB to be “good” or “excellent.” (ISPP)

Goal 2

The DPD/ISPP will prepare graduates who are competent in a variety of employment opportunities to address the nutrition and health needs in multicultural communities.

NTFS Goal 2 Objectives
2.1 At least 90% of surveys returned by supervised-practice program directors will rate the DPD graduates completing their program as “competent” or “extremely competent” in their ability of provide service to culturally diverse communities. (DPD)
2.2 At least 80% of DPD graduates who respond to the program survey will self-rate themselves “competent” or “extremely competent” in their ability to to provide service to culturally diverse communities. (DPD)
2.3 At least 90% of surveys returned by employers will rate ISPP graduates as being “competent” or “extremely competent” to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural backgrounds. (ISPP)
2.4 At least 80% of ISPP graduates who respond to the program survey will rate themselves as “competent” or “extremely competent” in their ability to work with clients of various ethnic/cultural backgrounds. (ISPP)

Program outcomes data are available on request.  Please contact the DPD Director, Dr. Dorothy Chen-Maynard, dchen@csusb.edu.

Academic Calendar

California State University, San Bernardino's academic calendar can be found on the Office of Academic Programs website.