The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (ISPP) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is a student-centered dietetic internship which maximizes a dietetic intern’s freedom in fulfilling supervised practice hours needed for eligibility to take and pass the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians. CSULB-ISPP interns are immersed in a learning environment designed to produce competent and productive entry-level registered dietitians who can think critically, communicate effectively, embrace diversity, demonstrate knowledge and practical skills, and proactively pursue professional activity within their local communities.
The CSULB-ISPP program is an approved program under the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, but is administered by the College of Professional and International Education (CPIE). The CSULB-ISPP program is divided into two pathways:
- Pathway 1 (P1) - accepts qualified DPD graduates who received a DPD Verification Statement (VS), and were not matched on one occasion through Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS).
- Pathway 2 (P2) - accepts applicants who have earned doctoral degrees and met other criteria as set forth by the program.
Up to 25 interns may be accepted each year. 13 spots are available for P1, and 12 spots open for P2. In the case of fewer than expected doctoral applicants, additional spots for highly qualified P1 applicants may be added.
Once accepted to CSULB-ISPP, interns are required to attend and complete a week of orientation at CSULB in early August each year. All interns are required to complete a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice at various settings which include, but are not limited to: hospitals, food service settings, long-term care facilities, public health arenas, and wellness facilities within California. After completing all rotation hours and necessary requirements as outlined in the CSULB-ISPP Policy and Procedure Manual, interns will be issued a VS allowing them to take the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The program length for the full-time CSULB-ISPP intern is a 12-month period starting in August after new intern orientation. The program length for the part-time CSULB-ISPP intern is an 18-month period, starting at the same time as full-time interns. In special circumstances, CSULB-ISPP Program requirements can be granted a specified time extension. All full-time interns must complete the program within 18 months, and part-time interns within 27 months, or no more than 150% of the normal completion period.
The CSULB-ISPP program offers a concentration in clinical dietetics practice.
- Must be a DPD graduate within the past 5 years*, with verification statements and nutrition-related work experience; and must not be matched by DICAS on one occasion after having submitted a competitive application.
- If choosing P2, applicant must have a doctoral degree and meet guidelines set by the CSULB-ISPP P2 coordinator.
- Admission priority will be offered to CSULB DPD graduates.
- Interns must reside in California for the duration of all rotations.
Please note: Students who were matched through DICAS, but who do not accept the match, are NOT eligible.
* If the date on the DPD VS is greater than 5 years prior to the start of the internship, the applicant must demonstrate current proficiency in the field by completing a minimum of three courses equivalent to the following CSULB Department of Family and Consumer Sciences courses: NUTR 436 Advanced Nutrition, NUTR 438A Medical Nutrition Therapy I, and NUTR 438B Medical Nutrition Therapy II. Documentation of these requirements must be provided with the application materials.