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Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathways (ISPP) Dietetic Internship Program

Program Overview

The Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathway Program (ISPP) with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) provides quality education designed to prepare graduates to be eligible to take and pass the National Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

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This MNT concentration will provide interns with additional experience in their specialty before entering their professions. The MNT sites can be a long term care, 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.

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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 arrangements will be provided on acceptance to the program.

How to Complete the Program

Interns must complete a minimum of 1200 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 Form documents that the individual is 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.

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
*Official schedule will be created in conjunction with program instructor and coordinator upon acceptance. 

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission

The mission of CSUSB’s Nutrition and Food Sciences (NTFS) Program [to be renamed the Nutritional Science and Dietetics (NSCD) Program in Fall 2020] at CSUSB 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, raduates will be prepared academically and professionally to work in a variety of employment opportunities as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist, who 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 capable of succeeding as entry-level practitioners as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Objectives:

1.1.a At least 80% of program students will complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of program length) for fulltime students and within 6 years (150% of program length) for part-time students.(DPD).
1.1.b At least 80% of program interns will complete the program/degree requirements within 16.5 months (150% of program length) for full-time and 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 supervised-practice program directors, who respond to the program survey, will indicate that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the level of academic preparation of the DPD graduate(s) whom they supervised as interns. (DPD and ISPP)
1.4.b.1 At least 90% of the employers of DPD graduates, who respond to the program survey, will rate these graduates as “competent” or “extremely competent” for their performance as dietetic professionals. (DPD)
1.4.b.2 At least 90% of employers, who respond to the program survey, will rate ISPP graduates as having “adequate” or “extremely adequate” competency to work as an entry level dietitian nutritionist. (ISPP)
1.5.a At least 80% of DPD graduates, who respond to the program survey, will self-rate 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 self-rate 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 also rate the education at CSUSB to be “good” or “excellent.” (DPD)  
Objection 1.6b: At least 80% of ISPP graduates, who respond to the program survey, will also rate the education at CSUSB to be “good” or “excellent.” (ISPP)

Goal 2

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

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