Dietetic Internship

Update: Thank you for your interest in our second round, phase II Spring DICAS 2022. We have currently filled our appointments. Our next round of application appointments will be Spring 2023.


Notification of Program Change(s)

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) Board met July 28-30, 2021 and granted the Food Science and Nutrition Department approval for a substantive change to add a Food and Nutritional Master of Science degree to the current dietetic internship, beginning Fall 2022. Potential candidates who will be applying for the DICAS spring 2021 match – the program designation will provide a 30 unit master of science degree and a minimum of 1,000 experiential supervise practice hours combined over a two year period. A verification statement will only be provided to internship graduates at the end of the two-year program, once both supervised practice requirements and master’s degree requirements are met.

The current stand-alone, certificate of advanced study dietetic internship, will be phased out to be completed by May 2022 and will no longer be available. All applicants considering our program will be applying to a combined masters and dietetic internship over a two year timeframe. Please visit our curriculum tab, the FAQ’s area, and the MS/DI student handbook for further information.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science will continue to offer a separate MS program in Nutritional Sciences. The MS program is for:

  • Students wishing to complete an MS degree prior to applying to non-degree granting Dietetic Internship programs
  • Preparing students for careers in college teaching, healthcare, industry, community agencies, or graduate study beyond the master’s degree

If you are interested in learning more about the MS Program in Nutritional Sciences visit their website, here



Program Description

The California State University, Fresno Dietetic Internship is a 9-month, full-time, unpaid 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. Please click here to get more information about the program.




  1. Completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Completed an approved Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement and or declaration of intent within the last 5 years.
  3. Earned a minimum cumulative and overall DPD of 3.0 GPA .
  4. Earned a minimum score of 138V/136Q  on the GRE General Test. GRE is required of applicants for admittance.
These are the only 4 of 8 requirements. If you would like to get more information about requirements, please click here.

Accreditation Status

AccredidationThe 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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, Ext. 5400.