Program Overview

Location and settings

Fresno

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Fresno State is located in the city of Fresno, a community of more than 500,000, and is the only place in the nation within an easy drive of three national parks- Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. Fresno has a variety of different attractions that satisfies different tastes all year round. If you’re looking to take a long walk or jog at Fresno’s largest park, Woodward, buy freshly picked produce at a local farmers market, head out for a day of shopping and dining at Old Fig Garden, River Park or Fashion Fair mall, or put on your best attire and dancing shoes for Fresno’s nightlife, you will find Fresno to be the place for you.

Program Description

The California State University, Fresno Dietetic Internship is a 9-month program with a culturally competent health promotion/disease prevention concentration. This internship prepares graduates to serve the diverse needs of the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Interns complete supervised practice experiences in a variety of facilities in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California, including a veterans' hospital, a state prison, a school district, two private hospitals, an out-patient diabetes program and cooperative extension. Eight units of graduate-level course work are required as part of the dietetic internship.

Mission Unlocking the potential of future registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) through innovative and diverse post graduate practice application with a program concentration on health promotion and disease prevention, while uniquely nourishing cultural competency in a variety of dietetic settings within Fresno County, Fresno Metropolitan and the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Program Goals

Goal Data Assessed Objective/Outcome Measures
1. To provide guidance and leadership for dietetic intern graduates through an ACEND accredited program with a concentration in culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention. % of enrolled interns completing the program & receiving a verification statement At least 90% of graduates will complete the program in 9-months (Aug-May) with a maximum completion time frame of 150% (14-months) of the time planned for completion. 
Alumni/Graduate Surveys When surveyed 12-18 months after graduation, at least 90% of graduates, who respond to the survey will rate overall satisfaction with their DI experience as at least 4.0 on a scale of 1-5 (where 5.0 is best and 1.0 is worst). When surveyed 12-18 months after graduation, 25% of graduates who respond to the survey will hold a leadership role within local, state or national affiliation of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND).
2. At completion, graduates will be adept for practice as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and prepared to actively address the evolving health needs of society and address the unique needs of Fresno County, Fresno metropolitan area and the Central San Joaquin Valley. 5-year average 1st time pass rate and 1-year pass rate At least 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt, measured over 5-year intervals.   At least 90% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians at one-year pass rate, aggregate measured over 5-year intervals.
Employer Surveys -   When surveyed, 80% of employers of CSUF DI graduates, who respond to the survey will indicate that program graduates are able to utilize principles of evidence-based practice as at least satisfactory (3.0 or better) on a scale of 1-5 (where 5.0 is best and 1.0 is worst). -   When surveyed, 80% of employers of CSUF DI graduates, who respond to the survey will indicate that program graduates professional competence as satisfactory (3.0 or better) on a scale of 1-5 (where 5.0 is best and 1.0 is worst).
Alumni/Graduate Surveys -   When surveyed 12-18 months after graduation, at least 70% of graduates, who respond to the survey will indicate they obtained employment in dietetics-related job within one year of graduation. -   When surveyed 12-18 months after graduation, at least 10-15% of graduates, who respond to the survey will maintain employment in Fresno County, the Fresno metropolitan area and/or Central San Joaquin Valley. -   When surveyed 12-18 months after graduation, at least 60% of graduates, who respond to survey have indicated that they have participated in at minimum of least one (1) event sponsored by a dietetics related professional organization.

Accredidation LogoAccreditation Status The California State University, Fresno Dietetic Internship has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education and Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, Ext. 5400.