Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathways (ISPP) Dietetic Internship Program

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.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and under the Didactic Program in Dietetics of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Program in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology. The address for the ACEND: ACEND of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, Phone: 800/877-1600. The ACEND website is: www.eatright.org/ACEND. Exam passage rate and other program data may be obtained from the DPD Director.

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, September – July

  • 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 during the first week of September. 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
September 14-November 15 Community 200
November 16-January 22 Management (school district, long term care, hospital and/or others) 320
January 25-March 19 MNT 480
March 22-May 1 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 Nutrition and Food Sciences Program (DPD and ISPP) at CSUSB will provide quality education so that graduates can think critically, communicate effectively, embrace cultural diversity, and demonstrate knowledge and the practical skills necessary for admission to, and successful completion of a supervised-practice program that will enable the graduate to become a registered dietitian/nutrition or to pursue other post-baccalaureate programs; and to be competent for an entry-level career as a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN).
 

Goal 1

Graduates of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be well-prepared in their knowledge and be culturally competent for a supervised-practice program, graduate, or other post-baccalaureate programs and be successful in their program of study. 

Objectives:
1.1 At least 80% of full-time program students will complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of two-year program length) after completion of pre-requisites to the DPD program courses.  The time limit for part-time students will be 6 years (150% of four years) after completion of pre-requisite courses.
1.2a At least 40% of the graduates with the Verification Statement for DPD (VS DPD) will apply for admission to a supervised-practice program prior to or within 12 months of completion of the DPD.
1.2b At least 50% of the graduates with VS DPD, who apply, will be admitted to a supervised-practice program within in 12 months of completion of the DPD.
1.3 At least 80% of the directors of supervised-practice program, who complete the survey, will indicate that CSUSB DPD are well-prepared or prepared for the supervised practice experience.
1.4 At least 80% of the DPD graduates after completion of a supervised-practice program will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist within one year of first attempt.
1.5 At least 80% of the DPD graduates and alumni who complete the survey will indicate that the program prepares them for supervised-practice program or post-baccalaureate study.
1.6 At least 80% of the DPD graduates and their employers, who complete the survey, will indicate that the graduates are culturally competent and are able to work with a culturally diverse population.

Goal 2

Graduates of the Individualized Supervised-Practice Pathway (ISPP) Program will be competent for entry-level careers as a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN).

Objectives:
2.1 At least 80% of the graduates will complete the ISPP program requirement within 150% of the program length of 17.5 months for full time and 33 months for part-time interns.
2.2 At least 80% of ISPP graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
2.3 At least 80% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year of the first attempt.
2.4 Of the graduates of the ISPP Program who seek employment, at least 80% will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within twelve months of program completion.
2.5 At least 80% of the employers, who completed the survey, will indicate that CSUSB ISPP graduates are prepared for entry-level practice.
2.6 At least 80% of the graduates of ISPP program who complete the survey will indicate that the program prepared them for competencies required for their entry-level career.