The ten-month Dietetic Internship is concurrent with the academic calendar, beginning early-September. The program consists of a total of 40 hours of Orientation, followed by 1208 practice and approximately 160 didactic hours. These hours are distributed as follows:
Program Concentration: Medical Nutrition Therapy
The program concentration of Medical Nutrition Therapy includes instruction in management, clinical rotations, and community settings. Interns are assigned to one hospital site, at the discretion of the Selection Committee, where they complete both management and clinical rotations.
Clinical services rotations in general medical/surgical, diabetes, cardiac care, TPN, clinical management and clinical staff relief are completed at the assigned hospital. A pediatric rotation may be completed at another hospital.
Foodservice rotations at the assigned hospital include storeroom, production, tray line, cafeteria, safety and sanitation. Production management, administration and foodservice staff relief provide management experience.
Interns rotate through school foodservice, Public Health,WIC, Renal, Extended Care, Headstart, Community Colleges and various community agencies to complete the community rotations.
Current hospital facilities participating in the Dietetic Internship include:
Hospitals are located from ten to 130 miles from the Cal Poly Pomona campus. The use of a car is mandatory in order to travel to assigned rotations. The Intern assigned to Bakersfield (130 miles from Cal Poly) will complete the majority of rotations in Bakersfield, but are expected to commute to Los Angeles for Monday classes. In addition, some rotations, Public Health, School Foodservice, Community College, and Headstart, will be completed in Los Angeles.
Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements, both in Los Angeles and Bakersfield.
In addition to supervised practice hours, interns are required to attend Monday classes at a variety of sites in the Greater Los Angeles area. These hours are in addition to the 1200 practice hours in the assigned rotations. Topics covered may include but are not limited to HIV/AIDS, laboratory values, counseling, nutritional assessment, drug/nutrient interaction, sports nutrition, personnel issues, labor unions, conflict resolution, state and federal legislation, marketing, communication skills, feeding disabilities, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/California Dietetic Association structure and activities, and introduction to community agencies.
All interns who complete the Dietetic Internship with evaluations of at- or above-entry level will receive a Verification Statement. Receipt of this Statement will allow the graduate to apply to write the examination to become a registered dietitian.