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About ACEND

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' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians nutritionist (RDN) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

ACEND® is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND® is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice. ACEND® can be contacted by email (ACEND@eatright.org), phone (1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).

Recommendations Released for Future Education

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) Standards Committee reviews and revises accreditation standards based on current trends and new developments in dietetics education and practice and assures the accreditation process is in compliance with USDE accreditation regulations.

On February 18, 2015 ACEND® released recommendations for future education in nutrition and dietetics.

ACEND® encourages all stakeholders to provide their comments about the recommendations.

Publications

ACEND® publishes documents related to its accreditation process and makes them available to the public. Additional resources for directors of new and established programs are available through the Program Director Portal.


ACEND Announcement

Your Input is Needed

ACEND® is reviewing the 2012 standards and would greatly value your input.

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The recommendations for future education of nutrition and dietetics practitioners have been released

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Program Director Portal

ACEND provides an on-line accreditation forum for dietetics program directors that includes information and forms for meeting ACEND accreditation requirements, and opportunities for discussion.

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