Academic Programs - Coordinated Dietetic Program (CDP)

Academic Programs - Coordinated Dietetic Program (CDP)

Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP)

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 the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) graduates are recognized as Registered Dietitians (R.D.). The Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) is accredited 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 of Science degree program in Nutritional Science are eligible to apply for admission to the CDP. There is a separate application for admission for the CDP.


CDP Mission Statement


The mission of the CDP is to provide an integrated academic/supervised practice curriculum to prepare competent entry-level dietitians to promote optimal health and nutritional status of individuals and groups. The curriculum provides the foundation, knowledge, skills, and the practitioner-based competencies to perform the specialized functions of an entry-level dietitian. The CDP prepares competent dietitians for positions in nutrition therapy, food service management, and community nutrition. Based on our unique location, the California State University Los Angeles CDP draws strongly from community-based programs. This approach is supported by our community focus or concentration.

The program has three broad goals and specific outcome measures are tied to each goal.

GOAL 1. To prepare graduates to practice effectively as entry-level dietitians in community, foodservice, and clinical dietetics, with a concentration in community-based dietetics.

Outcome measures for Goal 1:

  1. By the end of the supervised practice experience, 100% of the students completing all of the rotations will receive a rating of "satisfactory" or "at expected level of performance" on all of the ACEND competencies.
  2. After starting the supervised practice experience portion of the Coordinated Dietetics Program, 90% of the individuals will complete all of the rotations.
  3. Graduates will achieve an overall first-time pass rate over a 5-year period of at least 80% on the Registration Exam for Dietitians.
  4. At least 90% of graduates over a 5-year period will rate their preparation for their position one year after finishing the program as 3 or better on a scale of 5 being "very well" and 1 being "not at all".
  5. Over a 5-year period, after acceptance into the Coordinated Dietetics Program, 80% of the individuals will complete the program within 48 months or 150% of the time planned for completion.


GOAL 2. To prepare graduates for life-long learning and/or advancement in dietetics through professional activities and development.

Outcome measures for Goal 2:

  1. Over a 5-year period, on a self-assessment tool no graduate will assess his/her expertise as an entry-level dietitian as "unqualified".
  2. Over a 5-year period, no employer will rate a graduate from the program as:
    1. not ready for areas of practice outlined on an assessment tool, and
    2. somewhat below average.
  3. Over a 5-year period, of the graduates employed, graduates will have taken employment in community, food service and clinical dietetics (i.e., at least one graduate will be represented in these areas).
  4. Over a 5-year period, 90% of CDP students will successfully complete all the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science, including the culminating activity (Thesis, Project or Comprehensive Exam).

GOAL 3: Leadership: To prepare graduates for roles in leadership and policy in dietetics through activities in personal professional development and professional organizations such as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Outcome measures for Goal 3:

  1. At the one year post-graduation survey:
    1. 80% of graduates will remain active members of AND.
    2. 100% of graduates will be welcomed to the Cal State LA Coordinated Dietetics Program Facebook page for CDP graduates.70% of the graduates will follow and continue to post updates on Facebook.
    3. 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.
    4. 80% of the graduates will have started their professional development portfolios and accumulated at least 10 hours of professional development hours.

CDP Course Requirements: 

The CDP is a graduate program and requires concurrent matriculation in the Master of Science degree program in Nutritional Science. Students must complete all CDP coursework and the supervised practice component (internship) and earn a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science prior to receiving a verification statement and taking the Registration Exam for Dietitians.  Completion of both programs  usually takes  three to four years, however, may vary depending upon the student’s individualized master’s degree coursework and culminating activity (thesis/project or comprehensive exam). Students with an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science or Dietetics may complete the program in less than 3 years based upon evaluation of their transcripts upon acceptance into the program.


CDP Prerequisite Courses: All science courses MUST have labs.

Course Number

Course Title

ANTH 1500 or SOC 2010

Cultural Anthropology (3) or Principles of Sociology (3)

ECON 1500 

Economics for the Citizens (3)

PSY 1500  

Introductory Psychology (3)

BIOL 2010, 2020

Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (4, 4)

CHEM 1020

Fundamentals of Chemistry II (Organic) (4)

CHEM 3000

Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (4)

MICR 1010

Introductory Microbiology (3)

NTRS 2100

Foundations of Food (3)

NTRS 3170

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)


CDP Required Courses:

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 3120

Cultural Cuisine (3)

NTRS 5330

Communication Skills in Dietetics (3)

NTRS 4100

Experimental Foods (3)

NTRS 4130

Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4140

Institutional Food Service (4)

NTRS 4150, 4155

Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II (3, 3)

NTRS 4170, 4175

Advanced Nutrition I, II (3, 3)

NTRS 4176 

Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (1)

NTRS 4180

Community Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4340

Management Principles in Dietetics (4)

NTRS 4790 

Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (3)


Supervised Practice:

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 4190, 4220

Supervised Practice in Dietetics (8, 8)

NTRS 4250

Seminar: Dietetics (2)


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