Fresno State enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers 62 baccalaureate degree programs and 49 graduate degree programs (5 currently suspended). The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST) is one of eight colleges / schools at Fresno State.
The Department of Food Science and Nutrition is one of seven departments in JCAST. The University has offered a Didactic Program in Dietetics since 1940, beginning with the undergraduate degree program. The University has offered a dietetics curriculum since 1940, beginning with the undergraduate degree program.
The program served as a pilot for the Plan IV requirements in 1973. In 1984, the program was again approved as a Plan IV program. In 1989, the program was approved as a Plan V program. In December, 1997, the University submitted an application for a dietetic internship with a general emphasis.
In May, 1998, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) granted the program developmental accreditation.
The first class of ten students was admitted in August, 1998. The fifth internship class graduated in May, 2003. The internship was simultaneously approved on campus as the Certificate of Advanced Study – Dietetics, a post-baccalaureate, non-degree, and certificate program.
In 1999, the program was granted developmental accreditation status by the American Dietetic Association (now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD).
The Fresno State Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is administered by Department of Food Science and Nutrition
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' independent accrediting agency for all educational programs that focus on the preparation of students pursuing a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetics, registered (NDTR). ACEND protects both the student and the public by ensuring all programs maintain accreditation status.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) has recognized the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) since 1973. In 1999, CADE – now ACEND granted developmental accreditation to the program. The Fresno State DPD program was granted accreditation status in 2003. The PAR was approved in 2008. And the finally, the Fresno State DPD program was granted reaccreditation status in 2014.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)In order to become a RDN, each student will be required to complete the following steps:
- Complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution.
- Complete all required DPD coursework. The RDN career specialty option at Fresno State requires that each student successfully complete all of the courses (C or better) to be verified by the DPD director before enrolling in a dietetic internship program.
- Apply, become accepted, and complete an ACEND accredited internship program. The usual time period to complete and internship can run anywhere from 6months to one year.
- Successfully complete the RDN examination.
- Maintain 75units of continuing education over a five-year period in order to maintain RDN credential.