Dietetics, Certificate of Adv. Study


Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Steven Pao, Chair
Family and Food Sciences Building,
Room 111, M/S FF17

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Food & Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics & Food Administration Option, B.S.
BS in Food & Nutritional Sciences - Food Science Option, B.S.
BS in Food & Nutritional Sciences - Culinology Option, B.S.
CERT in Dietetics, Certificate of Adv. Study
MN in Food & Nutritional Sciences, Minor

Courses Offered

Join the leader in science, technology, and management. Students majoring within the Department of Food Science and Nutrition are prepared for a wide range of professions in the food industry — the largest single industry in the United States. California State University, Fresno is centered in the greatest food production and processing area in the world.

Some of the largest and best dairy and food companies cooperate with the university to provide students with a view of com­mer­cial realities in this industry. There is strong demand for dietitians and nut­­ri­tionists by the health care and food­ service industries.

Instructional Facilities

The department facilities include the Dairy Processing Plant, Food Processing Research Laboratory, the Food Preparation and Product Develop­ment Laboratories, Food Science Analytical Laboratory, Food Sensory Laboratory, and the Computer Laboratory. These facilities are used by students and faculty to provide a practical education founded on science and technology.


Certificate of Advanced Study in Dietetics

(Dietetic Internship)

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Dietetics is a postbaccalaureate professional program that meets the requirements for supervised practice experience for entry-level generalist dietitians. The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association has granted developmental accreditation to the program as a dietetic internship. The American Dietetic Association can be reached at 2120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 or at (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. Students completing the program will be eligible to take the dietetic registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission will be evaluated using the following criteria: undergraduate coursework, grade point average of 3.0 or better (last 60 semester units/90 quarter units), completion of an accredited/approved didactic program in dietetics within the last five years, GRE scores (480V/580Q recommended), statement of professional goals, and letters of reference. Preference is given to those applicants with work or volunteer experience in dietetics. Applicants whose native language is other than English must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Note: Interns accepted to the program must successfully complete background checks, fingerprinting, and any other requirements of sponsoring facilities before beginning program.

Admission Materials

The application process has three parts (all of which must be completed for your application to be considered):

  1. application to the dietetic internship (on-line centralized internship application):
  2. application to the university for post baccalaureate standing:
  3. application to D & D Digital for computer match:


Program Requirements

FN 250 (3 units)
FN 229 (1+1 units)
FN 230 (3 units)
NUTR 193I (4 units)
FSM 193I (4 units)
Total (16 units)


The faculty members continue to be recognized for quality hands-on education as well as scholarly contributions to their academic disciplines. Each student is assigned to a faculty adviser to maximize the student's educational experience at California State University, Fresno. The faculty are noted for cooperation and activity within each industry to prepare and place graduates in their chosen career.

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