Cal Poly Pomona

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Are you participating in DICAS?

Yes, we participate in DICAS as well as D&D Matching.

Please note that you do NOT need to send anything other than the Release Form, Recency of Education (if applicable) and check to Cal Poly  Pomona.  We will use the information from DICAS for the rest of the packet.  (We are striving to fix the website, but have not  yet been able to do so.)

2. Do I need transcripts from all schools attended?

Yes. Even though many schools do include information from previous schools on their transcripts, you need to include all transcripts.

3. Do I have to change all courses to semester units?

No. Not all courses need to be listed or converted to semester. But be sure if you have been to both quarter and semester schools, that you choose one format.

4. What courses do I list?

Please just list the Professional Science courses on your DICAS application. These include Basic Foods and Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Advanced Nutrition, Foodservice Management, Community Nutrition, Nutrition Education, etc. Do not list all science classes, English, history, computer science, etc.  Failure to follow these directions will cause your application to be disqualified.

5. What is the Authorization for Packet Review?

Since our screening committee is large and composed of a number of individuals, we do require you to sign the Authorization for Packet Review available on this website. This allows release of confidential information (grades, references, etc.) to the Screening Committee. This differs from the form you sign for your recommendations to be confidential. Please don’t forget our Authorization or the Committee cannot evaluate your packet.

6. How will I know if I am selected for an interview?

Applicants selected will be called between March 2 and March 4, and will be given an interview time. Because of the large number of applicants we interview for our 15 positions, we conduct interviews two days only, in mid-March. I realize that it may be during school or finals, but, hopefully, instructors understand the importance of the interview.

7. If selected, how would I be assigned to a hospital?

We make every effort to place you close to your home. With the geographic range of the hospitals, this is often difficult. Interns are sometimes asked to commute to their hospitals or to their outside rotations (Public Health, Headstart, Community College, etc.) You may be expected to drive 60 miles, one way for this period of time. While this may be difficult short term, we hope you appreciate the training needed to become an RD.

8. Do I need to take the GRE?

We do not require the GRE to apply.  However, if accepted you will be required to take the GRE. Interns will be placed in a Certificate Program, but they are still eligible for financial aid.  If you decide to continue in the Graduate Pogram, you will need to submit a separate application at the completion of the Internship