Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP)
The Coordinated Dietetic Program (CDP) is designed for persons seeking both academic course work and supervised practice required to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian. The curriculum integrates academic preparation and the clinical experience needed in dietetics. Due to our location, we are uniquely poised to allow our students the opportunity to work with community based groups and deliver programs and skills that reflect on the needs of the community. The CDP blends the degree and supervised practice component to offer the student an opportunity to study and develop a necessary skill set with a concentration in community. Upon passing the national examination administered under the direction of ACEND, graduates are recognized as Registered Dietitians (R.D.). The Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400. Students applying to or enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Nutritional Science are eligible to apply for admission to the CDP. There is a separate application for admission for the CDP.
The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is to provide an integrated academic and supervised practice curriculum to prepare competent entry level professionals in community nutrition, foodservice and clinical dietetics. The curriculum and supervised practice draw strongly from community based programs, supporting our community concentration.
Program Goal 1: Program Outcomes
To prepare graduates to become effective and competent professionals.
- Over a 5 year period 80% of alumni will achieve a first year pass rate of at least 80% on the RD exam.
- 80% of students will complete the program requirement s within 3 years
- 80% of students will rate preceptors/sites greater than or equal to satisfactory
- 80% of preceptors will rate students as adequately prepared for rotations.
Program Goal 2: Skill Outcomes
To prepare and aid students in the development of critical thinking skills in solving complex problems in Community Nutrition, Foodservice, Food Science and Nutritional Science Areas.
- 70% of The Advisory Board will have input for the direction of student education and practice sites and the future direction of dietetics.
- 90% of didactic courses integrate research principles and evidence based practice into the course.
- 80% of students will be prepared to utilize the appropriate tools as they further their career
Program Goal 3: Leadership
- 100% of students will become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
- 80% of students will be active in the Student Dietetic Association.
- 50% of graduates will extend their participation in AND, often starting at the district membership, dietetic practice group membership, elected office at the district, state or national level.
CDP Course Requirements: The CDP is changing to a graduate only program. Students must complete their Master’s Degree program in Nutritional Sciences and complete the supervised practice requirements to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The CDP will be a 3 year program, but may be longer if a student chooses to complete a Thesis instead of the comprehensive exam as part of their Master’s Degree program.
CDP Prerequisites courses: All science courses MUST have labs.
ANTH 250 Cultural Anthropology (4) or
SOC 201 Principles of Sociology (4)
ECON 150 Economics for the Citizens (4)
PSY 150 Introductory Psychology (4)
BIOL 200AB Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (5,5)
CHEM 151, 152 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II (5, 5)
CHEM 353 Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (5)
MICRO 151 Introductory Microbiology (4)
NTRS 210 Foundations of Food (4)
NTRS 317 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (4)
NTRS 312 Cultural Cuisine (4)
NTRS 315 Communication Skills in Dietetics (3)
NTRS 410 Experimental Foods (4)
NTRS 413 Maternal and Child Nutrition (4)
NTRS 414AB Institutional Food Service (4, 4)
NTRS 415AB Medical Nutrition Therapy (4, 4)
NTRS 417AB Advanced Nutrition I, II (4, 4)
NTRS 417L Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (1)
NTRS 418 Community Nutrition (4)
NTRS 434 Management Principles in Dietetics (5)
NTRS 479 Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (4)
NTRS 419ABC Supervised Practice in Dietetics (8, 8, 8)
NTRS 419S Seminar: Dietetics (2)
For more information regarding the Master of Science degree program in Nutritional Science, please visit: http://web.calstatela.edu/academic/hhs/kns/acad_ms_ntrs.php