Mission, Goals, and Outcomes for Dietetics Option

Mission

The Mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to:

  • Provide a broad educational background to develop competent and productive students that can apply their knowledge and skills for careers in the dietetics profession, while using resources in a sustainable manner.
  • Prepare students to serve a culturally diverse community by engaging students in pre-professional nutrition related activities that serve Northern California.

Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Provide pre-professional, practical training opportunities that benefit the students while serving the diverse Northern California community

  • Objective 1.1: At least 90% of students will complete a nutrition-related practicum or externship experience that serves the Northern California community prior to program completion.
  • Objective 1.2: At least 70% of students will report on their exit survey that they participated in a pre-professional organization (e.g. student nutrition clubs, Center for Healthy Communities, FitU, California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Goal 2: Graduate diverse, competent, entry-level practitioners who obtain employment in dietetics or related fields.

  • Objective 2.1: Over a five-year period, at least 80% of the students graduating from a bachelor-level DPD program will complete program requirements within six years, or 150% of time for completion.
  • Objective 2.2: Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • Objective 2.3: Over a five-year period, at least 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 2.4: Over a five-year period, at least 60% of those applying to supervised practice programs will be accepted within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 2.5: Over a five-year period, 75% or more of dietetic internship directors will indicate that the DPD graduate was prepared or very prepared in all of the content areas when surveyed within 12-24 months of the graduation date.
  • Objective 2.6: At least 30% of the DPD students will identify with a race/ethnicity or gender that is often underrepresented in the field of dietetics.
  • Objective 2.7: Over a five-year period, at least 60% of DPD graduates will obtain employment in dietetics or related field within 12-24 months of their graduation date.

How are we doing?*

  • Objective 1.1: 100% of students completed a nutrition-related practicum or externship experience serving the Northern California community. Within the NFSC Department, there are two student clubs available. Both clubs have strong faculty advisors and are robust and active, in terms of membership.
  • Objective 1.2: 98% of students reported participating in a pre-professional organization.
  • Objective 2.1: 94% of students completed the program requirements within 6 years. Students consistently completed the DPD program in a timely manner, well exceeding the 80% in 6 years benchmark most years.
  • Objective 2.2: 93% of students passed the registration examination the first time they took it (or within a year of completing their internship).
  • Objective 2.3: The dietetic application rate was left unchanged from the previous self-study when ACEND required programs to aim for 60% of students applying to dietetic internships within 12 months. This objective was consistently met each year, with the exception of the 2010-2011 school year.
  • Objective 2.4: 74% of students were accepted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 2.5: Over a 6-year period, on average, 86% percent of DI Directors indicated that DPD graduates from CSU Chico were well prepared in all content and skill areas.
  • Objective 2.6: 30% of students identified as ethnic/race or gender minorities.
  • Objective 2.7: 74% of students reported obtaining employment in a dietetics or related field.

* These data are based on our last self-study (2017) and reports the 7-year average unless stated otherwise.

Accreditation Status  

The General Dietetics Option is an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program.

Contact information for ACEND:

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

800/877-1600, ext. 5400
312/899-0040
Fax: 312/899-4817
acend@eatright.org
Website

Route to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

RDNs are food and nutrition experts who can translate science of nutrition into practical solutions for health living. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research, and private practice. To obtain a RDN credential you must:

  1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and course work approved by the Commission on Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
    • Courses in THIS General Dietetics Option meet the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
  2. Complete a post-baccalaureate ACEND accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internship).
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR's website at www.cdrnet.org
  4. Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

The Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) has mandated that beginning January 1, 2024, a minimum of a graduate degree will be required to sit for the RDN credential exam.

Verification of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Upon completion of the General Dietetics Option (DPD) and university graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree, students will be mailed the DPD Verification of Completion form.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics Director’s signature on this form verifies that the individual has successfully completed the didactic requirements.  Prior to graduating, students will be required to give the Didactic Program Director a current mailing address. Once the student’s degree is posted, the Didactic Program Director will issue a Verification of Completion form and a minimum of three copies will be mailed directly to the student.

A Verification of Completion form is required to sit for the Dietitian Technician Registered (DTR) examination (see section XVII) or to begin a Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian (see section XVI).

Route to Become a Nutritionist and Dietetics Technician Registered (NDRT)

NDTRs are educated and trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services. They work under the supervision of a registered dietitian nutritionist when in direct patient/client nutrition care and work independently in providing general nutrition education to healthy populations. To become a NDTR, you can either complete a community college NDTR program and then pass the national NDTR credential exam or Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Commission on Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and then pass the national NDTR credential exam.

Cost to Students

A description of fees charged by CSU, Chico is outlined in the 2017-2018 University Catalog. For a breakdown of the fees, visit here.

Costs for travel and housing vary. Student housing close to campus is readily available and ranges from $350 - $900 per month. 

Cost for books and supplies vary depending on whether books are purchased new or used.  Cost for all new books for a semester may be approximately $830.  Additional charges may be accessed on a class-by-class basis for such items as laboratory and breakage fees ($10 or more). An additional cost is for the purchase of a laboratory coat ($35). 

A student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be required at some point for your courses.  The cost for student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is $58/yr and can be joined here. You may want to consider joining the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Northern Area District (CAND-NAD).  Membership is $20/yr.